The 7 March, proclaimed by decision of the Albanian Government, is the National Teachers' Day. 131 years have passed since the opening of the first school in Albanian, in the city of Coriza (Korçë).
The first school in Albanian language was opened on 7 March of 1887, during the Ottoman occupation and was founded by a group of Albanian patriots of the national Risorgimento.
It was the first kindergarten with a marked national and secular physiognomy, where all the lessons were in Albanian.
According to the documents of the time, the school's activity was permeated by patriotic ideas, education for work and love for school.
The first Albanian school was supported and supported by the Korça and diaspora patriots. Albanian language and literature, history and geography of Albania and arithmetic were studied.
The first teachers were the patriots of the Albanian national Risorgimento which Pandeli Sotiri, Petro Nini Luarasi, Nuçi Naçi, and others, while the first director was Petro Nini Luarasi, one of the leading figures, illustrious patriot and activist of the Risorgimento, publicist and professor. Thanks to his contribution and tenaccia other schools were opened in the Albanian language in the neighboring Korca regions.
Another promoter of the Albanian language school opening was a distinguished woman, Parashqevi Qiriazi. With the publication of his book "Abecedario for schools in Albanian ", she was the first woman to write school textbooks.
The first school in Albanian language had a long life of 15 years, facing obstacles and innumerable difficulties created by the Ottoman occupiers and particularly by the clergy, who wanted to prevent lessons in Albanian.
The importance of opening this school lies in the fact that it made the lesson institutionalize in the Albanian language, creating a pleiad of people who later became distinguished activists of the movement for national and social liberation of Albania.
In commemoration of the foundation of the first school in Albanian language, following the decision of the 1960 Albanian government, the 7 March is "National Teachers' Day".
The 7 March is commemorated by all the Albanians, in particular by students and students as a sign of gratitude for the best traditions of the Albanian national school, to the honored figure of the teacher as educator of the new generation.
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