Albania celebrate results in education for a better future of our children and society

27 November 2017

Tirana, 27 November 2017 – Analysis of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results 2015, show that Albanian children have the same level as their peers in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries regarding social equity and resilience despite coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

PISA assesses the extent to which 15-year-old students, near the end of their compulsory education have acquired key knowledge and skills that are essential for full participation in modern societies. Policy makers use PISA findings to gauge the knowledge and skills of students, establish benchmarks for improvements and understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of the education system. Albanian children outcomes show a steady progress in all learning areas, such as science, math and reading where Albanian children have outperformed their peers in many of the countries in the region.

What is of importance for the country to celebrate is that not only Albanian children do better in academic achievement, but that the Albanian schools are preparing citizens who have values and commitment. PISA results show that Albanian children’s sense of community belonging and wellbeing is very high, ranking third after Spain and Austria among all participating countries. Bold reforms and innovative initiatives such as the ones on Schools as Community Centers are already providing their fruits. 

This is a strong indicator that Albanian schools are on the right track to provides a solid education to all children, regardless the economic backgrounds. Education is a fundamental human right. It is critical for long-term economic growth and crucial for the achievement of all the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 4, on inclusive quality education.

“We are proud today that many of the bold reforms of Ministry of Education and Youth which UNICEF and partners have supported in curriculum development improving preschool quality, teacher training and qualification are working”- said Dr. Ezio Gianni Murzi, UNICEF Representative in Albania. 

Children results in education outcomes in Albania are a reason to celebrate today but ensure us that the society will gain in the future the economic advantages that come with an educated workforce with the skills necessary to compete on the 21-st century economy. 

UNICEF will continue to support the efforts of the Ministry of Education in ensuring a Quality Inclusive Education for All Albanian girls and boys to enable them to reach their full potential.

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