| Sep 6, 2022
A new school year begins in Pogradec
Flowers for teachers, 2022
September 6 was the first day of school at Nehemiah Gateway's two schools in Pogradec, and marks the start of a new school year in Albania.
The first day of school is a big deal in Albania. All over the country, children arrive on the first day dressed in their nicest clothes, hair neatly styled, with bouquets of flowers for their teachers. The youngest children are accompanied by their parents. It is a day of celebration every year—but why?
As a culture, Albanians don’t take education for granted. Being able to study Albanian in school, and have classes in the Albanian language, is fairly new. The first Albanian-language school in the country was a girls’ school founded in Korce in 1891. The Albanian alphabet was only finalized, with today’s Latin alphabet, in 1908. So, although Albanians have always spoken Albanian, they have not always been able to learn it in school. They understand how fundamental education is to their identities as Albanians, and how necessary it is in order to succeed in life.
Your support of this project is supporting Nehemiah Gateway's education programming in Albania. This includes:
- Amaro Tan ("Our Place" in the Romani language) School, a school and much more for up to 140 at-risk Roma, Balkan Egyptian, and Albanian children in K-9th grades. In addition to an environment that is designed to help children succeed, Amaro Tan provides daily hot meals, vocational training, family outreach, and an array of social services.
- Nehemia School is a top-notch private school in Pogradec that prepares 470 young people in grades K-12 yearly to succeed in university. Your donations are used for scholarships for Amaro Tan graduates, as well as students with special needs that are not met in the public school system. Nehemia School has small class sizes, and teachers who work with the students from year to year for greater continuity and support throughout their time there.
- Nehemiah Gateway University provides a 3-year accredited Bachelors degree program with instruction in English, based upon the German dual-study model. Graduates gain not only a Bachelor's degree, but facility with English and real work experience they can draw upon in their professional careers. Your donations are used to provide scholarships for students in need from the Pogradec area, including graduates of Amaro Tan.
School is ongoing, and so is this project. You can make another donation here.
Development Director, NG USA
First day of school at Amaro Tan