SHUKALB officially launched in January 2020 the implementation of two of its most exciting education and awareness programs, “World Water Monitoring Challenge” and High school “Science Fair” Program, both implemented under an agreement and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth of Albania. Both programs are implemented with the support of the “Customer and Performance Oriented Drinking Water and Sanitation Services” program, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
On 31 January 2020, in Tirana, SHUKALB organized a training session with the participation of the biology and chemistry teachers of the elementary schools that participate at the “World Water Monitoring Challenge” program.
This program targets students of 8th grade and includes 18 elementary schools from 6 coastal cities, Shkoder, Lezhe, Kavaja, Durres, Vlora and Saranda. The program’s goal is to educate and engage students in the protection of the water resources.
The training was attended also by representatives from GIZ and the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth of Albania. The aim of the training was to introduce the program to the teachers and to explain them the necessary instructions for the implementation of the program.
Elisabeta Poçi, Deputy Director of SHUKALB, delivered an overall presentation of the Program, objectives and the program’s phases, followed by Françeska Troka, Junior Program Manager of SHUKALB, who introduced participants to the specific activities, usage of Test-Kits and how to upload the monitoring data into the program website http://www.monitorwater.org/. Alban Kushi, Manager of Member Services, SHUKALB, introduced participants to the importance of the Program’s visibility through SHUKALB communication tools such as Facebook posts, LinkedIn, Burimi articles etc, and shared some publication examples from the implementation of the program over the years.
At the end the teachers were provided with the materials needed for monitoring water parameters such as pH, turbidity, temperature and oxygen dissolved in water, all part of the Test Kit.
On 21 February 2020, in Tirana, SHUKALB organized the training session with the participation of the biology, chemistry and physics teachers of the high schools participating at the High school “Science Fair” Program.
The High School “Science Fair” program targets 11th grade students and includes 6 high school from Shkoder, Lezhe, Kavaja, Durres, Vlora and Saranda. The program goal is to encourage analytic thinking and experimental working between students. This program is a competition in which students create and conduct research through scientific methods. They enable students to investigate a scientific topic by seeking information or by talking to professionals and their teachers.
The aim of the training session was to introduce teachers to the program’s objectives and phases, and share them the necessary instructions to be followed during the implementation of the program.
The training was attended also by representatives from GIZ and the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth of Albania.
The program included a detailed presentation held by the SHUKALB staff involved in the program, as well as a discussion session between participants in regard of the possible topics to be implemented.
At the end, the teachers were provided with the posters of the program that will be placed on each participating schools.