Albanian school is one of Shpresa founding services and usually takes place on Saturdays and Sundays in North and East London. The classes are organised in groups and sub-groups according to age, background education and each child’s current understanding of the Albanian language.
Teaching Albanian in a practical context is the primary focus, but the classes do not stop there. Sharing knowledge and promoting Albanian culture is just as important for heritage and identity. Our carefully designed curriculum covers history and heritage, and is further enhanced through poetry, performance, events and song – the results of which we all enjoy at annual celebrations like Albania and Kosovo Independence Day.
There is growing interest from families and children to understand and embrace their culture through these classes, and we witness the impact and success of those attending Albanian school every single day.
Working with Schools
We are committed to encouraging our children’s educational success. We believe that promoting a positive Albanian identity and teaching our language not only builds self-esteem and confidence, develops literacy and learning, and boosts performance, it also improves relationships within families and our wider community.
We know that parents play a vital role in the education and progress of their children and we use a range of proven methods to engage them in their learning and support their attendance at mainstream school. Equally, by working with teachers at local schools to better understand the Albanian culture, we further assist with their day-to-day learning.
We work in partnership with mainstream schools in five London boroughs: Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Enfield and Haringey. The schools we work with include Mayfield School, Gascoigne School, Gladsmore Community School. These incredibly supportive schools all provide their facilities for free as venues for our classes.