Secretary of State Alfredo Mantica and the Albanian Education Minister signed a memorandum today in Tirana on the use of Italian as the principal foreign language taught in certain Albanian schools. Under the agreement, which renews the one signed in 1998 between the two countries, in three senior middle schools 50% of subjects will be taught in Italian by teachers brought in from Italy.
The agreement concerns about 690 pupils whose school-leaving diploma is at the same level as Italy’s. “Albania has its own specific circumstances. It is a country that sees Italian as its first language of communication, after its own national tongue. This is a politically significant and extremely positive factor, which we find very gratifying”, Mantica told the ANSA press agency. The Secretary of State also promised that university links between Italy and Albania will be strengthened.