Diaspora Students Attend Summer School in the Mountains of Kosovo

By: Liza Gashi    July 20, 2013

More than 40 students from countries as Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France and Norway attended the summer school ”TO KNOW THE HOMELAND.” The main goals of this summer school were to learn the Albanian language, communication and to share knowledge with locals. Few of  the topics discussed during this summer school were the importance of homeland and language through Albanian literature. 

Minister of Diaspora, Mr. Ibrahim Makolli visited the summer school “To Know the Homeland,” which is being held at the Rugova mountains . The school is attended by more than 40 students who are a part of the Albanian school in diaspora, from countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France and Norway.

Minister Makolli in his visit had the opportunity to negotiate directly with students and learn firsthand from lessons and activities that are performed during these days. Minister Makollli informed the students with the nature of classes, countries that have visited, history of  cities like Peja, Deçani, martyr graves in Prekaz, Koshare and Gllogjan, Prizren, Gadime cave etc. Children stated that the attendance and visits were very useful at understanding their parents homeland, national traditions and historical values ​​of Kosovo.

Minister Makolli said that “we are trying through these forms, courses, schools, excursions, enable our children from diaspora to know each other, with their peers in Kosovo and visit places that make the history of Kosovo”.

Students presented paintings that they have been working on these days and artistic program of poetry, songs and Albanian dance.

The summer School “To Know the Homeland” is a traditional event, taking place annually,  and is being held within traditional manifestation of the “Days of Diaspora 2013″.

Liza Gashi

Liza is a public policy professional with experience in project and campaign management, qualitative analysis and big data, and multi-stakeholder engagement in Kosovo, the United States, Costa Rica and Argentina. Liza has founded and managed Germin and the www.kosovodiaspora.org portal. She has been a Commitment-Maker of the Clinton Global Initiative. Liza has also founded and currently leads the United World Colleges Committee in Kosovo, which has administered scholarships for Kosovo high school students to attend UWC colleges in 15 different countries. Liza is pursuing a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Arizona State University, and holds a bachelor degree from Wartbrug College (IA) in International Relations, Political Science and Spanish. She is a graduate of United World College in Costa Rica, and studied for a semester at the National University of Córdoba in Argentina.

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