Through the joint EU/CoE Horizontal facility Action “Fighting bullying and extremism in the education system in Albania”, the Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth has launched a National Day against bullying in the education system to be celebrated every 21 November. Schools all over the country will open their doors to parents, the local community and media to raise awareness of the consequences of bullying and extremism in schools and on how to prevent it.
This decision was launched at the 4th Steering Committee Meeting of the joint Action hosted by the Council of Europe Office in Tirana on 11 April 2018. Discussions included the current status of the projects’ activities and forthcoming actions. The meeting brought together representatives from the Albania Delegation of the European Union, representatives from the Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth, the Institute for Development of Education, the Ministry of Finance and Economy and the National Authority for Electronic Certification and Cyber Security.
Key achievements such as the accreditation of the Training Programme by Decision no. 20 of 19/12/2017 Commission for Accreditation of Training Programmes, as well as the wide spread visibility and media coverage especially for the findings from the National Survey, showcased the high level of interest and importance of this intervention.
Representatives from the Ministry of Education announced the decision by the Minister launching 21 November as the National Day against bullying in the education system in Albania. Given the impact and interest this action has already achieved within a short timeframe, the Ministry of Education announced that 21 pilot schools would form part of the project and are now included in the Ministry’s initiative “Schools as Community Centres”.