Democratic Citizenship in the Formal Civic Education in Albania: Assessment of Curriculum and Teaching of Democratic Citizenship in Pre-University Education

Abstract

The education system in Albania has undergone a series of reforms intended to modernize the curriculum, develop the wider system capacities, expand access to compulsory education, and align its education policies and practice with European and international standards, in particular the European Union’s Education Benchmarks for 2020 and UN SDG4-Education 2030. In this context Albania is experiencing a renewed engagement in democratic citizenship education and promoting democratic school governance. The situation of civic education in the pre-university education system has improved. However, there is still work to be done, in particular, in terms of increasing the importance and space devoted to EDC/ HRE, improving the quality of textbooks, teacher training, and strengthening the role and cooperation of all actors. The transition to competence-based curricula marked a positive change, but in order to duly implement it, teachers must become creative and teach interactively to enable students to contextualize information, knowledge and values as individuals and as part of the community. In the process of implementing this curriculum in school, teachers generally rely on books, without trying to use materials that make the teaching process as attractive as possible. Also, the importance given to EDC/HRE by schools, teachers and parents, as well as the space that the relevant subjects have in the education program are not enough. Most of the conclusions of this analysis can be addressed through continuous teacher training, which brings rapid results in filling gaps in learning objectives.



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Suela Kusi Drita, Council of Europe Office in Tirana, Albania
Zyhrada Kongoli, Kongoli Legal Firm, Albania

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Conference: BCE2022
Stream: Curriculum Design & Development

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To cite this article:
Drita S., & Kongoli Z. (2022) Democratic Citizenship in the Formal Civic Education in Albania: Assessment of Curriculum and Teaching of Democratic Citizenship in Pre-University Education ISSN: 2435-9467 – The Barcelona Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-9467.2022.42
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-9467.2022.42


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