Prior to 7 March, National Teacher’s Day, a professional network of 125 teachers was launched by the Ministry of Education with the aim of exchanging good practices, discussing ideas and solutions, and promoting democracy in education in Albania.
The network was established within the frame of the Council of Europe project Strengthening Democratic Citizenship Education in Albania, and will expand to its 75 pilot schools and over 375 education practitioners in the country.
Members of the network will also have the opportunity to access Council of Europe online courses and participate in targeted needs-based training sessions and coaching events.
More than 130 participants attended the Launching Event which was addressed by Evis Kushi, Minister of Education, Sports and Youth (MoESY), MJutta Gützkow, Head of Council of Europe Office in Tirana, and Elsa Håstad, Ambassador of Sweden in Albania and.
The keynotes included remarks from representatives from MoE, the Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination, Ombudsperson, local directorates of education as well as students, teachers, parents, and school directors.
In their remarks, the speakers paid tribute to the extraordinary commitment and efforts that Albanian teachers have demonstrated to ensure the continuity of teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also underlined teachers’ role in educating future generations of active citizens by not only teaching knowledge but also modeling democratic attitudes and values.