A roundtable to present the “Roadmap for policies directed at preventing bullying in the education system in Albania” was organized on 12 December 2018 in Tirana.
The Roadmap, considered as the most important output of the project, is a policy document that has been prepared based on the practices and experiences of 21 pilot schools developed at the “grassroots level”, on the one hand, and the European Union and Council of Europe standards, on the other hand. The Roadmap will be scaled up at the policy level in Albania.
The aim of the roundtable was to present the evidence based recommendations derived from the Roadmap. The document proposes a series of actions for education policy makers in Albania with the goal of promoting anti-bullying mechanisms for creating a safe and inclusive learning environment in schools. The event brought together 50 participants, including representatives of the Ministry of Education, the Institute for the Development of Education, the State Inspectorate of Education, representatives from 21 pilot schools, representatives from 12 Regional Education Authorities and local experts.
The expert on pre-university education from the Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth, Tatjana Vuçani, stressed the importance of this strategic document and confirmed the commitment to integrate its recommendations in the priority measures of the Ministry and in the New National Strategy on Pre-University Education.
The Head of Office in Tirana, a.i. Olsi Dekovi, emphasized the successful implementation of the project using the “bottom-up” approach and the importance of sustaining its results in the future.
The Project Officer at the Council of Europe Office in Tirana, Delina Cici, explained the entire process of policy development in the 21 pilot schools from school policies to the development of the national roadmap and the follow up plan.
At the end of this activity, the project delivered certificates of completion to 210 teachers trained under the module “Prevention and tackling of bullying, violence and extremism in schools” accredited by the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth no 20/2017.
This event was organised within the action “Fighting bullying and extremism in the education system in Albania”, which is part of the programme "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey", co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.