English Classes and a Kindergarten in Bathore
On the outskirts of Tirana is
settlement which is populated by people who migrated from the
North of Albania when state-run enterprises collapsed following
the end of communism. Many of the 25,000 residents of Bathore
live in extreme poverty (see photo
gallery). Members of AMURT are helping Bathore
residents with a micro-credit
program aimed at providing badly needed income to the area. English classes for children and adults and most recently, a kindergarten serving 80 children of sector 6.
The micro-credit program provides small loans to individuals and groups
of Bathore residents who wish to expand small businesses.
English classes are given free of charge and school age students
and young adults are attending.
In Bathore there is only one
public school, working in three shifts, serving an area with approximately 25,000 inhabitants. There is an acute shortage of kindergarten places. In October 2000
AMURT opened a kindergarten in sector six. The kindergarten began with 40 students, in two shifts, and recently a second classroom was added making it
possible to take another 40 students.
The kindergarten offers a full academic program encompassing the standard program of Albanian schools. In addition it is enriched with teaching materials from the Neo Humanist system of education which consists of music, arts, physical exercise and creative activities designed to develop the physical, mental and intuitive capacities of the children.
More than 30 businesses have
received loans from the micro-credit program.
of the classes at the kindergarten.
AMURT (Albania), P.O. Box
1706, Tirana, Albania
and fax: (355) 42 26825, mobile: 038 2029527
This page updated on October 19, 2001. Copyright 2001 Ananda Marga
Universal Relief Team (Albania)