For Albanian children living in Asti, the school bell rang this Saturday, the 14 October, 2017.
A date you should never forget! It was a strange, different sound. They usually sleep late on Saturdays. But today, and other Saturdays to come, the bell will ring to call them to follow the lessons not in Italian, but in the language of their parents, in the language they speak in their homes, the Albanian language. At school they wait for teachers Mimoza Presa Mustafa, Lindita Faruku, Esonela Zekthi, Natasha Koçi and Vilma Prendi.
Dressed in white aprons and full of emotions, they wait for him at the door smiling. 36 are children aged from 5 to 16 years running in the corridors. Enthusiastic and eager to learn how to spell the language of their ancestors, learn about geography (mountains, lakes and rivers, city names), learn about the history of Illyrians and the "shqiptarë".
The poems, songs, dances and famous people will have space.
26 years have passed since the Albanian community resides in this small Piedmontese town, land of wine. Finally theAssociation Assoalbania Piedmont entrepreneurs, as always, this time too she managed to keep her promise. After many meetings with the previous council, with Mayor Brignolo, they managed to find a place to allow the children of the Albanian community to learn their language. The headquarters is the CPIA, in Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci.
In the inauguration of the first day of school, the president of Assoalbania for Italy was present Nikolin Gjeloshi, representative of Asti, president Dede Kola, the Councilor for Education, Sports and University of the Municipality of Asti, Walter Rizzo, the former ambassador to Germany, the journalist Kamber Faruku, a representative of the Catholic church of Casale, Don Martinor many other Albanian citizens from nearby cities.
The vice president of the association, Mr. Hasan Bulcari welcomed children and families, recalling the importance of language teaching and its values. He recalled that soon the work started under construction of the new building, in Via Marmora 16, will end.
The five teachers are masters graduates in Albania. We asked what they want to convey to children. The head of the teaching group, Mimoza he expressed that he will put all his energy into providing children with the right tools, in order to explore the world of knowledge through the rich Albanian language. Lindita wants to convey the love and pride of their roots. Teacher Natasha would like to pass on knowledge about the traditions, customs and traditions of their ancient people and Esonela historical dinners. The difficulties that the Albanian people had to cross to survive from foreign occupations.
The didactic program was taken as a model by the Parma school, with which it had a close collaboration in exchange of experience and supply of books.
The school timetable is from hours 9: 00 to 12: 00. The service is provided to free and voluntary title.
The opening of this great event was accompanied with music, songs and recitations by children and teenagers in Albanian language. Flowers were not lacking for teachers and good food.
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