A school day in Albania

Looking to the wider world: Selina Dervishi, 15 years old, year 9, from Tirana, Albania
Author: Anisa | Photo: private | 2019/1

What kind of school do you go to?

Selina I’m in year 9 at ‘Shyqyri Peza’ school. And then next year, I’ll move on to secondary school. There are about 370 children in my school and 28 students in my class.

How far is it to your school?

I walk to school with my friends every morning. It takes roughly five to ten minutes. But if you live in the country, it can take a really long time to get to school because a lot of village schools have been closed over the last few years.

What languages do you speak in lessons?

We normally speak Albanian, except in foreign languages lessons. I’m also learning English and Italian.

What do you like about your school?

I like my school building and the schoolyard because we have a lot of really great things and most of our teachers are nice.

Do you have to wear a school uniform?

Yes, we all have to wear the same top as a uniform – a T-shirt or a jumper in winter. Apart from that, we can wear what we want.

What is your favourite subject?

My favourite subject is biology because we get to try out lots of new things and do experiments. I find that really interesting. My biology teacher is also my favourite teacher because she’s always nice to me and she’s really good at explaining things. But I’m not too keen on maths because we often have a lot of work to do, and there’s a lot of homework.

What would you like to be when you grow up?

I’d love to be a doctor.

Do you use computers in your lessons?

Yes, there’s an extra room with laptops that we use for our IT lessons. In IT, we learn all about computers. We’re also allowed to use the computers if we need to research something online.

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