TIRANA – In the framework of the Western Balkans School Exchange Scheme “Superschools”, the RYCO Local Branch Office in Albania organized four info sessions, in the period from 7 to 12 October 2021. The sessions were open for school directors from all around Albania to learn more about the program and the modality of application.
On 8 October 2021, the RYCO Local Branch Office in Albania organized the info session in Tirana, and had the chance to gather the main supporters of the Superschools. During this meeting, Head of the RYCO Local Branch Office in Albania Mr Kreshnik Loka had the opportunity to be accompanied by the Minister of State for Youth and Children Ms Bora Muzhaqi, Head of Culture and Press Section at the German Embassy in Tirana Mr Martin Zickendraht, Head of Judicial and Home Affair Sector at the Delegation of the European Union to Albania Ms Lenka Vitkova and the Deputy Minister of Education and Sports of Albania Ms Nina Guga.
“This is a unique opportunity for high schools to exchange common practices and knowledge within the Western Balkans. RYCO’s door is open and ready to support all the schools that want to be part of this special program”, Mr Loka emphasized in his opening remarks.
In continuation, Ms Muzhaqi affirmed her support towards regional initiatives and the importance for youth to have exchanges and to meet with their peers in the region.
In continuation, Ms Vitkova and Mr Zickendraht from the German Embassy highlighted that Superschools is a very much needed program and will give the right tools to students and teachers in the Western Balkans to contribute to a stronger region. They also shared with the participants information on other programs such as Erasmus+ and organizations such as the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO/OFAJ) as great examples of the effects that youth exchanges have on young people’s life.
The panel was closed with the contribution of Ms Guga. She reiterated the continuous support of the ministry in sharing the call and inviting schools to apply for the program.
After the panel, representatives of the RYCO Local Branch Office in Albania presented in detail the Superschools program and how schools in Albania and the region can apply to become part of it. The participating high schools were very eager to know more and a meaningful conversation was held aiming to clarify the different questions.
The info session in Tirana was only one of the four info sessions organized in Albania and gathered more than 90 participants and around 70 different schools from across Albania.