There still exist strong prejudices among young students and their family members on vocational education in Albania. As a result, few students in 9th grade choose to go to vocational schools and the share of female students in these schools is very low.
Most of these prejudices are due to the lack of information on the vocational education offer. For this reason, a set of intensive activities was initiated by S4J and the school it supports. The goal was to inform 9th grade students and their parents on the school’s offer and invite them to start changing their perception on vocational education.
‘Meet Every Girl’ campaign
The general objective of the ‘Meet Every Girl’ campaign was to inform 9th grade and their parents on the vocational education options that are offered in their region and invite them to visit these schools.
In total, 2100 girls in 9th grade from 20 secondary education schools and 450 parents were reached in Shkodër, Lezhë, Berat and Vlorë. All girls and promised to visit the vocational schools during the Open Days in May.
Visits in vocational schools and Open Days
Teachers and students from vocational schools also visited secondary education schools to promote what they offer. Most of these visits were exchanged:
- 700 students and 50 parents visited ‘Hamdi Bushati’ school in Shkodra;
- 90 students and 15 parents visited ‘Kolin Gjoka’ school in Lezha;
- 815 students and 50 parents visited Tregtare school in Vlora;
- 80 students and 80 parents visited Industrial ‘Pavarësia’ school in Vlora.
Open Days in schools will be organized by all S4J supported schools during May. A larger number of students, parents, business representatives and citizens are expected to visit the school during these events.
Some businesses in the school network have agreed to organize ‘Open Days in business’ as a follow up activity, so that parents of prospective students are familiarized with how practical training is conducted in business.
‘Karl Popper’ debate competition on ‘Vocational Education vs. General Education’
The debate’s aim was to present pro-VET arguments to 9th grade students, while promoting the debate culture. 7200 students in 9th grade from secondary education schools in Shkodër, Lezhë, Berat and Vlorë were reached through the initiative. The competition was won by “Besëlidhja” school in Lezha, who faced “Zihni Toska” school in Berat in the finale, during the 2018 Skills Fair. Click here to watch the final debate.