A story about education and European solidarity

Children of “Evropa” Kindergarten with the President of European Commission Ursula von der Leyen during her visit in September 2021
“Evropa” Kindergarten in Qerekë, Kruja Municipality
From the inauguration of “Korb Muça” 9-year school & “Evropa” kindergarten in in Qerekë, Kruja Municipality
Public consultations engaging children, teachers and parents in Tirana
Children’s dreams came true!
On site visits with Prime Minister of Albania, Head of EU Delegation to Albania and UNDP Representative
“Gjokë Elezi” 9-year school in Sanxhak, Kurbin, before reconstruction
Fatjona Palaj, student of “Gjokë Elezi” 9-year school in Laç, Kurbin
Reconstructed “Gjokë Elezi” 9-year school & kindergarten
Parent Ejona Cerepi with her son at “Mehmet Babamusta” 9-year school, Kavaja Municipality
“Mehmet Babamusta” 9-year school, before and after repair
Today from “Mehmet Babamusta” 9-year school, Kavaja Municipality
Teacher Naim Alla, “Sherif Dervishi” 9-year school & kindergarten in Budull, Kruja Municipality
“Sherif Dervishi” 9-year school & kindergarten, before & after the reconstruction by “EU4Schools” Programme
Today from newly reconstructed “Sherif Dervishi” 9-year school & kindergarten, in Budull, Kruja Municipality

Retrospect

The 6,3-mag earthquake that hit Albania in November 2019, left behind victims, destroyed homes, schools, businesses. I remember that sad day too well. The earth kept shaking. Our house too, while I kept screaming and fearing for my children. Images on TV later were shocking. People had remained in ruins. Destruction. Fear. Anger had struck! And news of European solidarity was fast. On the ground. With the people. Giving a helping hand. Our UNDP too. It is in one of these moments that you feel truly proud working for an organization which works for people.

Statistics have power

The Post Post-Disaster Needs Assessment-a government led-exercise provided a full panorama of the physical damages, economic losses, and costs of meeting recovery needs.The earthquake did not just damage the infrastructure of 321 education institutions, but also labs, furniture, ICT equipment, libraries, textbooks, and other learning materials. A sad panorama.

Children happily returned to schools and kindergartens.

Two years after

Two years, after Europeans displayed their unparalleled solidarity with Albania, children are the first to “feel” and experience it. The new schools have made learning and teaching more interesting, more productive, more fun. I always thought that when you give children a good education, you open a new world to them. I believe “EU4Schools” has done so. They feel more Europeans than ever.

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