SHUKALB Organizes the National Contest of Its High School “Science Fair” Program

Elisabeta Poci, Deputy Executive Director of SHUKALB (1st on the 2nd raw), members of the Jury, as well as Mark Molla, Director of Shkodra Utilitiy and Kasem Bejko, Deputy Director, Durres Utility during the National Contest in the framework of SHUKALB’s High School “Science Fair” Program
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On 26 May 2020, SHUKALB organized online the National Contest with the presentation of scientific works done by high school students in the framework of the High School “Science Fair” Program.  The event was organized online via Zoom platform because of the suspension of school attendance due to COVID-19 pandemic.

This was the final phase of the program which is designed and implemented by SHUKALB in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth of Albania, with the Water Supply and Sewerage companies of Shkodra, Lezha, Durres, Kavaja and Vlora. “The project is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH”.

The High School “Science Fair” program targets 11th grade students and its 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 jury that evaluated the projects was composed by Dr. Gabriele Lames, Programme Manager, Water Programme, GIZ Albania, Dr. Besnik Rama, Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth of Albania, Dr. Ana Kekezi, Lead of IPA Projects, National Agency for Water Supply, Sewerage and Waste Infrastructure, Prof. Asoc. Enkelejda Gjinali, Lecturer, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Polytechnic University of Tirana and Mercedes Kola, Bio-Chemistry Teacher, “Ismail Qemali” Gymnasium, Tirana.  The event was moderated by Elisabeta Poci, Deputy Executive Director of SHUKALB.

During the event, 20 videos were presented from the projects done by students of the high schools participating in the program: “28 Nentori”, Shkoder; “Hydajet Lezha”, Lezhe; “Leonik Tomeo”, Durres; “Aleksander Moisiu”, Kavaje; and “Halim Xhelo”, Vlore.

During the video presentation of the 1st the winning place, “28 Nentori” high school, Shkodra, titled “Wastewater treatment”
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The online event was greeted by Mark Molla, Director, Shkodra Water Supply and Sewerage Company and Kasem Bejko, Deputy Director, Durres Water Supply and Sewerage Company.

The Jury evaluated the projects done by the students based on the criteria such as creativity, project quality, and relevance of the selected topic and clarity of presentation.  After the evaluation, the jury announced the three winning projects, which are listed below with the respective links of their videos:

First place: “28 Nentori” high school, Shkodra, titled “Wastewater treatment”

Second place: “Leonik Tomeo” high school, Durres, titled “Access to drinking water, waste and alternatives provided by rainwater and geothermal resources to save it”

Third place: “28 Nentori” high school, Shkodra, titled “Usage of clean water”

SHUKALB will distribute medals for all the students of the three winning projects. In addition, as part of the Program, SHUKALB will gift a set of scientific books to all participating schools.