BIRN Albania Holds Roundtable on Education

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The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Albania organised a roundtable on October 21st in Tirana, bringing together journalists with civil society organisations working in the field of education.

It was the second in a series of seven roundtables, part of a programme called ‘Exposing Corruption in Albania’, which is financed by the Open Society Foundation in Albania (OSFA),  the Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

The project aims to expose corruption cases in seven different sectors: the environment, the judiciary, education, public administration, local government, organised crime and health, by bridging the gap between journalists and CSOs, and by providing a solid basis for collaboration in exposing abuses of power.

About 22 representatives of non-governmental organisations and 10 journalists discussed different topics of concern regarding education in Albania, with a special focus on pre-university education.

The representatives of the NGOs listed a number of topics, ranging from access and quality of education for minorities and other marginalised groups, to the recruitment of teachers and the education budget, which merit special attention and coverage from the media.

The topics highlighted by the NGOs will be listed in BIRN Albania’s call for investigative stories in the field of education.