An Albanian Language School in Manhattan

By: Valon Xoxa    October 15, 2014

After years of hard work and dedication, the American Albanian children of the Manhattan area will have the chance to learn Albanian. Mrs. Liza Pëllumbi, with years of teaching experience, has been the initiator and the leading voice of this initiative and the effort has finally paid off.

The school is without a doubt a great initiative and it covers a lot of the essential needs of the diaspora. However, there is a lot more that needs to be done. As an initiative, it could spark a greater impact within the education aspect of the diaspora. Furthermore, such efforts show the good will and the possibility of one day sending Albanian children in the US to schools where their mother tongue is spoken and taught. This is an actual reality for most of the other communities be that Jewish, Chinese, Greek or Russian. These minority communities in the US have the possibility of utilizing their full potential through educating their young.

Mr. Qemal Zylo, a leading voice in the initiative on Albanian Language Schooling for diaspora children was present and wished a great beginning to the pupils and teachers alike. Mr. Zylo thanked Mrs. Pllumbi and Mrs. Nilaj for their continuous contribution to the cause. On his announcement speech, Mr. Zylo also noted the two other Albanian teaching schools in Staten Island and Brooklyn, and that the experience gathered from these schools will without a doubt serve as a solid foundation for the Manhattan based school.


Valon Xoxa

Valon Xoxa is a staff member of He holds a bachelor degree from Westminster College (MO) in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Currently resides in Prishtina, and is a freelance contributor and editor at With an interest in contemporary culture, he seeks to find and incorporate articles from the Kosovar Diaspora that would shed light upon the interesting characteristics of this important global community. He has published a research article through UNDP’s School on Human Development titled “Mobility and Public Participation: A Case Study of the Kosovar Diaspora”, where a rather interesting Andersonian perspective is taken at understanding the Internet as a national identity creation medium.

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