Following the example of Parma, where for the 2009-2010 school year the Scanderbeg association had devised an Albanian language and culture course for the new generation of children born in Italy, two other cities of the Peninsula-Trieste and Fermo - they have created an important, similar initiative to not forget the native language, thus helping the youngest to have a heterogeneous culture where both the elements of the country of origin and those of the host country can find space.In the Friulian capital theASAT (Association of Albanian Students in Trieste) has in fact created the first Albanian language school in the city. This is a spontaneous initiative born thanks to the commitment of the volunteers and the support of the Albanian families - mainly of Kosovan ethnicity - who live there, with free courses also related to the culture of the country of origin to which everyone can participate.
In Fermo, on the other hand, the initiative is extended to children throughout the province aged between eight and fourteen. The project, which also follows the annual program of theSkanderbeg Association, is carried out by Ambito 19 and by the ANOLF and DITA associations in cooperation with the Province of Fermo, the Municipality of Fermo and the Municipality of Grottazzolina and provides for the activation of two language courses, one in Grottazzolina and one in Lido San Tommaso of Fermo, during the weekend. The lessons, free of charge, will have a duration of 40 hours, at the end of which the regular participants will obtain a certificate of attendance.
As Arlind Doberdolani, president of ASAT explains, this project finds its main reason for being in the need to preserve the roots of its own identity, which also and above all pass through the correct and thorough learning of the mother tongue: mastering it, in fact, it is an indispensable prerequisite for strengthening the sense of identity of belonging to a specific culture, self-esteem and the integration of children. Knowing the Albanian language in depth, which is also an equally significant aspect, the little ones will also have greater and more valid tools for learning the language of education in the country that welcomes them and will thus be able to obtain clear successes in their educational path. A particularly important speech, this, if we also consider that in the year 2010 / 2011, in the entire Italian school system, students of Albanian citizenship were well 99.102 units, ie 13,95% of total foreign students in Italy, and the second most represented nationality on territory. We hope that the challenge will be met, in the near future, also from other Italian cities.