In Albania, Changing Lives Through Education

by Nehemiah Gateway USA
In Albania, Changing Lives Through Education
In Albania, Changing Lives Through Education
In Albania, Changing Lives Through Education
In Albania, Changing Lives Through Education
In Albania, Changing Lives Through Education
In Albania, Changing Lives Through Education
In Albania, Changing Lives Through Education
In Albania, Changing Lives Through Education
In Albania, Changing Lives Through Education
In Albania, Changing Lives Through Education
In Albania, Changing Lives Through Education
In Albania, Changing Lives Through Education
In Albania, Changing Lives Through Education
In Albania, Changing Lives Through Education
Nehemia School First Day of School 2021
Nehemia School First Day of School 2021

Dear friend,

Bringing flowers to teachers is a beautiful first day of school tradition in Albania, where teachers are deeply respected. At NG's schools in Albania, a new school year is underway. Students at NG's Amaro Tan School (140 students, grades pre-K-9th grade) and Nehemia School (470 students, grades pre-K-12th grade) are back in their classrooms. Their desk are farther apart than pre-pandemic, and class groups are split to follow government guidelines for distancing. Let's hope this year is healthy, productive, and free of disruptions-- for all of us! 

Your support has helped NG's schools adapt to COVID, which has presented challenges at every level of the educational process. Education changes people's lives, and your support is changing lives in Albania.

We are currently fundraising for a pilot project at Amaro Tan that will provide incentives for good grades and attendance this year. You can learn more about that education project here-- and if you would like to make a donation we would be most grateful. 

Be well!

With gratitude,

Sarah Pita

Development Director, NG USA

Flowers for teachers!
Flowers for teachers!
Back in class at Amaro Tan
Back in class at Amaro Tan
Back to school at Amaro Tan
Back to school at Amaro Tan

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Karla, a current NGU student
Karla, a current NGU student

Dear friends--

Studying at Nehemiah Gateway University can be a transformative experience, sometimes in unexpected ways. It is a small school and the learning is seldom limited to the classroom.

Karla, NGU’s first student from Guatemala, describes the moment a conversation with the Managing Director of Nehemiah Gateway changed her perspective. Karla is sponsored by a seminary that works to foster peace, justice, and compassionate communities in Guatemala. She has supported that organization in just about every possible role since she started working there, and has continued helping them out virtually from Albania. After graduation, she will go back. “He told me I should be planning to go back as a manager, not an assistant,” says Karla. “And I realized he was right.” In a culture where women have a reputation for strength, and use that strength to support others, the idea of leading is a new one. But, when you talk to Karla, you can see that it suits her.

Sandra is still learning and growing through Nehemiah Gateway University years after graduating. Sandra comes from Uganda, and, after she graduated in 2017, she went home to work for the organization that sponsored her scholarship. A few years later, she is ready to launch as an entrepreneur. Sandra is starting her own business as a groundnut wholesaler, connecting African farmers with markets in Europe and the Middle East. She has received guidance from Nehemiah Gateway University, including a connection to a social-minded entrepreneur in the US who was moved and impressed by Sandra's commmitment to employing teenage mothers in her enterprise. This connection to a like-minded entrepreneur will help her realize her commitment to her social and business vision.

At Nehemiah Gateway University, commitment to the careers and values of our students is strengthening communities, one student and one enterprise at a time. Fundraising for NG's educational programs is ongoing and can be supported here.

Thank you very much for your generous support.

All the best,

Sarah Pita

Development Director, NG USA

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Dear Friends,

COVID-19 has created many new challenges in education. Nehemiah Gateway's schools in Albania have risen to the challenge. The teams at Amaro Tan and Nehemia School had to make quite a few adjustments to maintain socially distanced classrooms. Desks were cut in half and re-welded as single desks (picture below). Class groups were split to maintain mandated group sizes, with half the students in remote locations, watching their teachers online. [The new laptops helped make this possible!] Temperatures are taken every day before school. 

Nehemiah Gateway University had to grapple with even stricter government regulations. All universities were mandated to move online this fall. This measure was designed  for institutions where 200 person lectures are the norm-- and where most of the students are from the area where they are studying. Student-teacher time (pictured above) helped keep lessons real at NGU and provided more a chance for interaction for international students who are far from home. 

Donations like yours helped make these required adjustments, so that our teachers could adapt and our students of all ages could keep on learning. Thank you!

Be well,

Sarah Pita

Development Director, NG-USA

PS: This campaign is ongoing. You can still contribute here. 

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Flowers for the teacher, Nehemia School 2020
Flowers for the teacher, Nehemia School 2020

Dear friends--

Worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the experience and process of education  at every level. At Nehemiah Gateway's schools in Albania, students and staff have had to adapt to learning from home, and, this year, socially distanced hybrid learning. Our team is working hard to meet these challenges safely, while optimizing student learning and experience.

Throughout our educational programs at Amaro Tan, Nehemia School, and Nehemiah Gateway University, the team is meeting Albanian government guidance on social distancing and group sizes. Classrooms have been rearranged, and cohorts divided, at all three facilities so that group sizes and distancing can be managed. Face masks are worn, and temperatures are taken every day before school. At Nehemiah Gateway University, professors who would normally visit to teach have moved online, learning new skills so that they can continue instructing a new generation of leaders.

We are currently emphasizing fundraising for laptop computers for our teachers at Nehemia School and Amaro Tan-- an urgent need that will make it possible for teachers to move smoothly back and forth between classroom, and online learning this year. That campaign can be found HERE, and urgently needs your support. 

Wishing you all the best in these challenging times,

Sarah Pita

Nehemiah Gateway USA

Nehemia School First Day of School 2020
Nehemia School First Day of School 2020
Nehemia School First Day of School 2020
Nehemia School First Day of School 2020
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Esmerelda is a student at Amaro Tan. Homework!
Esmerelda is a student at Amaro Tan. Homework!

Dear Friends, 

This spring offered unprecedented challenges for students and teachers everywhere-- including Albania. After the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in Albania in early March, the whole country quickly locked down. Schools and universities closed their doors, and stringent restrictions on movement were implemented. 

Nehemiah Gateway's schools closed along with all the rest during that time, sending children home and tasking teachers with figuring out how to keep the learning going at a distance. At Nehemiah Gateway University, with its international student body and professors from all over the world, Zoom was already a well established platform for classroom discussions. In tandem with the Populi classroom management platform, professors were able to keep teaching from afar, to students learning at a distance from one another. 

Nehemia School, our private K-12 school, migrated to Zoom as well. Many students at Nehemia School have some sort of access to technology, so this worked fairly well. Teachers worked one-on-one with those students lacking technology at home, but most were able to access online group learning somehow.

Amaro Tan, and the children in the Gjirokaster school program, faced more challenges. Coming from families that were already living in poverty when the crisis hit, few of these children had access to computers or tablets at home. Many of them didn't even have access to cell phones or television, to access the Albanian government's televised lessons. For these students, teachers worked overtime, in many cases tutoring individual students on borrowed telephones to help them continue learning. They also brought food aid to each child's family throughout the crisis.  Staff in Gjirokaster and at Amaro Tan report that these children may have missed school the most-- missed seeing their friends, missed being around their teachers, and missed the clean, safe, and predictable atmosphere at school. 

As of June 1, preschool and kindergarten students are back in school. Over the summer, we plan to expand socially distanced, phased summer school offerings for all ages, and especially at Amaro Tan, to help keep the children engaged. 

Although the picture for school year 2020-2021 is unclear, NG will follow or exceed all requirements and best practices to keep staff and students safe-- and keep them learning.

With gratitude,

Sarah Pita

Nehemia students made 100 masks for local hospital
Nehemia students made 100 masks for local hospital
Amaro Tan kindergarteners are happy to be back!
Amaro Tan kindergarteners are happy to be back!
Students at NGU
Students at NGU
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