Strengthening democratic tradition in primary education: Analyze go to of Turkish children to Albania

In the framework of the venture “Strengthening democratic tradition in standard education in Turkey”*, 22 reduce-secondary school kids from the 10 pilot provinces of the Turkish challenge, accompanied by 10 academics and representatives of the Turkish Ministry of Countrywide Instruction, had been given the option to visit Tirana and other cities and get concerned in pursuits based on the Reference Framework on Competences for Democratic Lifestyle (RFCDC) during a research stop by to Albania which took put from 16-20 May well 2022.

The review visit was organised in cooperation with the project “Strengthening Democratic Citizenship Training in Albania”**. The goal of this review pay a visit to was to familiarise contributors with the full faculty design and democratic college methods staying used in most important and lower-secondary instruction (quality 4 to 9) in Albania and share activities and very best procedures from equally nations around the world. Group discussions, as effectively sports activities, dancing and artistic performances permitted them to understand the value and also to accept the difficulties of collaborating with peers of a unique lifestyle and who communicate a distinct language. The group was also ready to learn the country and its traditions, even though Albanian educational institutions ended up excited to host them in a true spirit of an intercultural college.

In the course of their stop by to the Ministry of Education and Sporting activities, the guests have been addressed and welcomed by the Albanian Minister of Instruction and Sports, Ms. Evis Kushi, who launched the matter of the atmosphere and sustainability – a matter close to the hearts of the schoolchildren, by highlighting the endeavours manufactured in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Environment to progress human right to a clean up and healthier natural environment. In addition, she outlined that “exchange activities these as these are really beneficial to learners as they assist encourage inclusiveness, citizenship, training and peace”. The Schooling Counsellor Mr. Metin Bulut from the Turkish Embassy in Tirana also sent opening remarks highlighting the fruitful collaboration among the two nations. Each Turkish and Albanian young children introduced to the officials and MPs some of the things to do they held in their educational facilities in relation to the preservation of the atmosphere and to the difficulty of making certain a sustainable use of means. The Turkish delegation was welcomed also by the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Tirana Ms. Jutta Gützkow and the Deputy Big of Tirana Ms. Keti Luarasi.

In addition, participants also fulfilled reps of the Countrywide Student’s Parliament as properly as the Albanian MPs, associates of the National Parliament, associates of the Parliamentary Team “Close friends of Small children“, which aims at establishing the constructive dialogue concerning community establishments, civil society organisations and key actors to ensure the security of kid’s legal rights in all areas.

The visit also involved reflection on how to most effective put into practice the RFCDC in colleges and how this specific action was capable to encourage the culture of democracy, which aided youngsters to even more realise the relevance of empathy, variety, collaboration, teamwork, and civic mindedness, among the some others, and were being equipped to examine and believe critically about matters critical to them and residing democracy at school entirely.


*Co-financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe, the challenge “Strengthening Democratic Lifestyle in Standard Education” is implemented in co-operation with the Directorate General of Simple Instruction of the Turkish Ministry of National Instruction

** The undertaking “Strengthening Democratic Citizenship Education and learning in Albania” is carried out by the Council of Europe and funded by the Swedish Worldwide Progress Cooperation Company.