Pastoral care is a real strength of British schools, but what does it mean?

- Pastoral care is a real strength of British schools, but what does it mean?

Pastoral care is a real strength of British schools, but what does it mean?

Pastoral care is what a school ds toto ensure the physical and emotional welfare of its students.  It can also be described as taking care of the health and well-being of the children in the school.  Both of these descriptions are correct, but the provision is far more diverse and influential on the overall education than would at first appear.

What are the basics that are involved in pastoral care?

Physical welfare involves making sure that the school buildings are safe, warm, and that the facilities are suitable. In British boarding schools the provision is usually exceptionally good, with comfortable bedrooms, excellent teaching facilities, lots of open space and fields that belong to the school, as well as sports centres, fitness gyms, music and drama studios and first-rate food prepared by experienced and expert chefs.

What is involved in proper healthcare?

This begins before the student leaves home, with the school requiring detailed information about any health conditions that might affect the student so they can make sure that they are properly prepared to respond to any health needs student may have.  Most schools have their own qualified nursing staff in case students are ill or injured and have close links for specialist help from doctors or dentists or other medical professionals when needed.  Many staff in British schools are also trained in first aid.

Both of these are of course extremely important, but emotional welfare and general well-being are much more than these fundamental requirements.

The ambitions of British boarding schools are to help young people grow up to be good citizens – not just focused on their own selfish preferences, but to be aware of and sensitive to the needs of others. This is achieved by helping young people become independent and personally organised, so that they use their time well, and by getting them to contribute to a successful and mutually supportive community.

How does this will happen?

In British boarding schools, staff take just as much care and interest in what students are doing outside class as inside class, because this is so important in developing a young person’s character.  Students learn to be responsible, whether this is manging their own laundry, keeping their room tidy or switching off their mobile phone and getting enough sleep.

Parents are often amazed by how willingly their children learn to accept and then value this self-discipline, but it is a key part of what boarding schools do.

The schools are very good at establishing norms of behaviour, where it is normal to get up, have a shower and make your own bed… new students do it because everyone else does it.  It is normal to sort out your clothes, hang up clean ones, put out dirty ones. When you’re old enough, you do your own laundry too.  There are staff who remind children who forget and teach the children who don’t know how to fold a shirt or use a vacuum cleaner.

Students also learn how to do things together and for one another – “Houses” are not just where students sleep, but social groupings and teams who work together, play in teams together, do plays and music together.  And there are staff who specialise in making all this work.

It is amazing to think how well this works, but it is one of the key parts of boarding school education.  Impossible to measure, but whose value is immeasurable.

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Britain recovers from Covid – a country feeling healthy again

 ESBAStuart-Nicholason Chair, Stuart Nicholson, reports on the UK’s experience since the start of the pandemic and very positive latest news.



Britain has a very long tradition of individual freedom from state control.  Many people trace that back to the year 1215, when limits were placed on the power of the English King John by the charter of rights known as “Magna Carta”.  These individual rights are fiercely defended in the UK and were quoted frequently by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in the early stages of the country’s fight against coronavirus.

Unfortunately, the nature of a pandemic means that individual freedom is not a good starting point when the most important process is infection control.

Britain learned this slowly.  We were confident that the National Health Service (NHS), of which we are very proud, would be able to keep us safe from the virus.  This was not the case, and for months the UK had some of the worst Covid statistics in the world.  Very sadly, the UK finds itself 7th on the list of total deaths per 100,000 of its population – higher than Italy, Spain, and the United States, and about 2 ½ times higher than Albania.

During August and September 2020, we thought we had beaten the virus, with low infection rates and businesses and hospitality venues open.  For several weeks we even had the government paying half our restaurant bills – a scheme called “Eat Out to Help Out”.  I look back and realise that we were mainly helping the virus, as we suffered a much worse second wave of infections in the autumn.  As a country, we have been very poor at infection control at crucial times during this pandemic.

In our boarding schools however, we created self-contained, infection-free communities, safely isolated from anyone who might introduce the virus.  Even parents in some of the safest countries in the world had no hesitation in sending their children to school in Britain.  Japan, for example, has a death rate 25 times lower than the UK, and yet Japanese parents were very confident in sending their children to boarding school.

A year ago, we were told in the UK that the only way that any pandemic is brought under control is by herd immunity, either because a large proportion of the population has had the infection, or because a large proportion of the population has been protected by a vaccine.  Last week, I had my first injection of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, joining more than half of the adult population in the UK who have now been vaccinated.

Although we have been poor at infection control, the UK has been spectacularly successful at vaccines.  The development of vaccines is uncertain, so the UK government chose to support a large number of organisations that were developing vaccines.  They invested over 11 billion GBP in a wide range of potential vaccines, without any way of knowing which of these investments would be successful.  As a graduate of the University of Oxford, I was particularly pleased that the British government invested heavily in supporting the Oxford vaccine, but I knew that it might not be successful, and I knew it was possible that none of the potential vaccines would work.

The British government committed very early and committed huge financial sums to vaccines.  The population of the UK is about 70 million people, but the British government paid in advance for 400 million vaccines, anticipating that only a small proportion of them might work.  In addition, they set up the infrastructure to test any new vaccines very quickly.  The final part of our vaccine success is the system for distributing and administering the vaccines in huge numbers.

As a result of all this, the UK was able to start vaccinating early, and fast.  By coincidence, I had my vaccine on the 100th day of the UK’s vaccination rollout.  In 100 days, half of the adult population had been vaccinated.

What impact has this approach to vaccination had on the country and on Covid?   Thankfully, death rates fell dramatically.  We have also seen infection rates drop enormously – only seven countries in Europe have a lower case rate this week than the UK.  At 59 per 100,000 in the UK, this compares with 285 in France, 261 in Italy and 143 in Albania.

We know that the battle with coronavirus is not over, but we are confident that we are now winning the battle.  Discussions here in the UK are turning to what we can do to help other countries achieve high levels of vaccination, and how we adjust vaccines to keep us safe from any new variants.  Across the country there is a real sense of confidence.

I had a small bruise on my arm after my vaccination, and a day or two with a slight headache, but my sleeve is already rolled up ready for my second injection in a few weeks’ time! 


A British Education – navigating the amazing choice of subjects

Across the world, students at secondary school typically study 10 to 15 subjects.  They might have a little bit of choice, but most subjects are compulsory.  They must study their native language, they have to study mathematics, they all have to do science and a foreign language (often English), usually there is some social studies and humanities.  These subjects are taken all the way through school, a wide range of subjects whether you enjoy them or not, and whether you are good at them or not.  Most students love some of their subjects and either dislike or are bored by the others.

In the British system, the situation is very similar until students are 16 years old and go into the last two years of the school system.  When they are 16 they take examinations in the wide range of subjects that are expected in most parts of the world, but they are then allowed to choose their three or four favourite subjects, with an incredibly wide selection available to them, not just the typical 10 or 15 subjects that might be expected.

The final two years of school cover what is known as advanced level education (or A-levels), which provide specialisation and depth in usually three subjects, or sometimes four in some circumstances.  The number and variety of possible A-levels is enormous – there are over 50 subjects that students can select from.  A-levels can be taken in accounting, business, law, media studies, computer science, philosophy, psychology, politics, statistics, sociology, Hebrew, classical civilisations, Persian, Turkish: range of subjects is amazing.

It is not a requirement to study English or mathematics – the choice is completely free and it depends on the strengths and interests of the student, and on what the student wants to study later at university.

For some degree subjects, it does not matter which subjects are chosen at A-level.  Far more important is getting good grades, which means selecting your favourite subjects that you know you will really enjoy and at which you will enjoy working hard.

Other degree subjects require particular A-levels.  Some of these choices are obvious. 

If you want to be an engineer, you must take A-levels in mathematics and probably physics.  You might take additional mathematics is your third subject, or chemistry, or biology, or computer science.  Exactly which combination is better depends on the interests of the student.

If you want to be a psychologist, the possible choices are much wider.  For example, the requirements to study psychology at the University of Oxford are that you take at least one science subject, or mathematics, or psychology.  So, it is acceptable to have A-levels that are mathematics, Turkish and economics as preparation for a psychology degree.  Admission to many degree courses is very competitive and for this course it will be better to have top grades in mathematics, Turkish and economics than less strong grades in biology, chemistry and psychology.

For medical degrees, A-level chemistry is essential, and biology is recommended in addition.  However, the third subject can be anything.  Medicine is a very competitive course and very high grades are necessary even to be considered for admission, so it is important if you are contemplating applying for medicine to be confident that you will get very good grades in chemistry, biology and whatever you choose as your third subject.

International students benefit from advice from experienced advisers when selecting their A-levels.  It can be difficult to understand how the system works and it can be difficult to understand the huge range of options that are available, but it is worth making the effort because students find the specialisation of A-levels to be a really enjoyable experience.  International students enjoyed the opportunity to study business, or law, or photography, or many of the other more unusual subjects that are not generally available for academic study at schools in most parts of the world.

Another advantage of A-levels is that the added depth and specialisation means that British undergraduate degrees are often shorter than in other countries.  They are also very highly regarded and Bachelors’ degrees from prestigious British universities are usually all that is required for a successful career, rather than needing to spend a further year doing a Masters’ qualification at less respected universities.

Most graduates from British universities start successful careers at the age of 21.

Englanders Scholarship Board Albania

Welcome to the online application portal for Englanders Scholarship Board Albania.

By submitting the following information you express your interest to participate in the merit based competition dedicated to talented students from Albania and the region.

Englanders Scholarship Board Albania secures reduced fixed tuition and boarding costs to best UK boarding schools.

The competition works on a ‘first come first served’ basis as places are limited to only 30 contestants who compete for 10 Englanders scholarships.

The competition includes some rounds of transparent selections including Maths and English tests followed by academic interviews.

A very unusual education system – are British students lazy?

Stuart-NicholasonStuart Nicholson
Alumnus of the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh

Across the world, almost all education systems have many things in common.  One of those things is a wide range of subjects in the secondary school curriculum.  Almost everywhere in the world, students between about 11 and about 17 years of age study between 10 and 15 subjects in school.  These are usually the native language and literature (two subjects), mathematics, science (often as three separate subjects), one or two foreign languages, history, geography, social science, sometimes an ancient language like Latin, music and art.  There are slight variations across the world, but the first separate subjects listed are more or less everywhere.

In the United Kingdom, we copy this model only for part of the secondary school age range.  Students aged between 11 and 16 take this wide range of subjects, very much like students in other parts of the world.  The way subjects are taught is often quite different in the UK, but that is a subject for a different conversation.

A big change in the British system occurs when students are 16.  After five years of secondary education they take a set of examinations called GCSE (the General Certificate of Secondary Education), with everybody doing English, maths, some science and foreign language and then choosing other subjects to take the total up to around 10 or 12.

In the last two years of secondary education things change dramatically and the UK system then becomes very different from almost everywhere else in the world.  In UK schools, students age 17 and 18 are able to concentrate on those subjects that are really important to them and which they really enjoy, and they are allowed to stop doing the other subjects.  Typically, a British student at this age will be studying just three subjects at what is known as A Level (Advanced Level).  These are very detailed, high level courses, so it doesn’t mean they are lazy taking just three subjects, it means they are very busy doing them in depth!

This opportunity to focus on their strongest subjects is normal for British students and they take it for granted, but international students who move into the British system love discovering the opportunities that it presents.  So, for example, students who love mathematics and want to be computer scientists or astrophysicists can study a huge amount of more advanced mathematics and be extremely well prepared for the demands of British university degrees.

Or, for example, if you are an enthusiastic linguist, you can study the language and literature of your chosen subjects in great depth and the choice of languages is astonishing – as well as English literature, there are advanced level qualifications in French, Spanish, German, Latin, Greek, Japanese, Persian, Chinese, Arabic, Urdu and others.

The range of options is enormous, from Business to Biology, from Design Technology to Drama, from Law to Latin, from Politics to Portuguese, students immerse themselves in subjects that they love and it transforms the experience of school. 

Englanders Scholarship Board Albania

Welcome to the online application portal for Englanders Scholarship Board Albania.

By submitting the following information you express your interest to participate in the merit based competition dedicated to talented students from Albania and the region.

Englanders Scholarship Board Albania secures reduced fixed tuition and boarding costs to best UK boarding schools.

The competition works on a ‘first come first served’ basis as places are limited to only 30 contestants who compete for 10 Englanders scholarships.

The competition includes some rounds of transparent selections including Maths and English tests followed by academic interviews.

Apply NOW

A British Boarding school – the safest place on Earth



Stuart Nicholson
Alumnus of the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh

British boarding schools have a well-deserved reputation for taking extremely good care of their pupils.  For example, most schools have well-equipped medical centres, with comfortable private bedrooms for any students who are poorly, and many have fully qualified nursing staff taking care of anyone who is unwell or injured.

During the current pandemic, there is probably nowhere safer than a British boarding school.  Despite the high numbers of Covid casualties in the UK, our boarding schools operate some of the most effective infection control processes imaginable.  This is possible because boarding schools can become self-contained communities, safely isolated away from sources of infection.  Everything that is needed is contained within the school grounds and access is carefully controlled to make sure that all hygiene precautions are fully observed to keep the virus at bay.

There is also probably nowhere that is more fun to be during the pandemic as all the school’s facilities, all safely away from the general public, can continue to operate as normal.  If you are studying at a boarding school, everything continues as normal.  The school catering provision continues and you have access to very high quality food prepared by experts chefs.  Boarding schools usually have very large grounds and you are likely to have several football fields to choose from, tennis courts to play on, artificial pitches, sports hall, fitness and gym equipment, and probably an indoor swimming pool.  There will be music practice rooms, well-equipped art departments, theatre or stage and plenty of people with whom to enjoy all of this.

The provision which is available at British boarding schools really is remarkable.  It is like living in an amazingly well-equipped small village, with a superb range of facilities being shared by just a few hundred pupils.  They live in their boarding houses as ultrasafe household groups, like large families, able to move comfortably and freely around their bedrooms, common rooms and kitchens and relaxation areas.

Students from all over the world have been taking advantage of this boarding school safety, its excellent provision of facilities, and of course its excellent education.  Where better to spend all of your school days, not just lockdown days?


Englanders Scholarship Board Albania

Welcome to the online application portal for Englanders Scholarship Board Albania.

By submitting the following information you express your interest to participate in the merit based competition dedicated to talented students from Albania and the region.

Englanders Scholarship Board Albania secures reduced fixed tuition and boarding costs to best UK boarding schools.

The competition works on a ‘first come first served’ basis as places are limited to only 30 contestants who compete for 10 Englanders scholarships.

The competition includes some rounds of transparent selections including Maths and English tests followed by academic interviews.

Apply NOW

Englanders Scholarship Board Albania

30 contestants for 10 scholarships

Access to best British boarding schools

  • Candidates have to demonstrate high academic ability.
  • Maths and English tests apply.
  • The scholarships are awarded on merit only
  • Transparent rounds of selection

  Apply NOW


30.000 / 40.000 Pound

15,000 Pound per annum

  • ATTN no further scholarship applied * includes tuition, accommodation, food, laundry, most activities.
  • Does not include deposit (refundable on course completion), guardianship if required and/or administration fee.
  • The school fees per annum to be paid by the family for Englanders Scholarship winners 2021 will not be lower than 15,000 Pound.

Scholarship guaranteed for

  • Two years A-level course.
  • Two years IB course.
  •  One Year Foundation Programme


  • September 2021 intake
  • GPA 9+ and fluency in English
  • OPEN to 10/11 grade graduates

UK boarding school locations

Within 30 minutes from all destinations except Exeter slightly more than half an hour.
□ Durham  □ London           □ Exeter      □ Southampton
□ Reading □ Cambridge    □ Norwich   □ Bath  

* If you are interested on another level of studies or a particular destination please contact us to enquire about options.


1) Start: apply online by sending to

  •  passport
  • last academic year grades translated
  • any internationally recognized English test result obtained *applications received after April 30th 16:00 CET will not be considered

2 ) Be present at preliminary meeting

  • with your parent or legal guardian
  • sign application form and related documents

3) Exam day within a week

  • Present yourself with your passport,
  • The fee of the ESBA test is  100 Pound to be paid at the Bank account of Englanders CR. Upon test completion, on the test day 50% of the ESBA test fee will be refunded.

4) Know your result and move ahead

  •  make a preliminary interview with the board
  • If successful you will be awarded a Certificate of Scholarship
  •  you will be presented with a school that matches your aspirations

5) Final Actions

  • apply to the British school and achieve conditional offer
  • complete conditions of the offer
  • pass the interview with the UK boarding school
  •  present actual grades upon completion of academic year in Albania
  • prepare documents for visa application
  • apply for a visa

Englanders Scholarship Board Albania

Welcome to the online application portal for Englanders Scholarship Board Albania.

By submitting the following information you express your interest to participate in the merit based competition dedicated to talented students from Albania and the region.

Englanders Scholarship Board Albania secures reduced fixed tuition and boarding costs to best UK boarding schools.

The competition works on a ‘first come first served’ basis as places are limited to only 30 contestants who compete for 10 Englanders scholarships.

The competition includes some rounds of transparent selections including Maths and English tests followed by academic interviews.

Apply NOW

Tribu’ja e fortë dhe e madhe – NANAIMO

Nihuni me shkollën e mesme publike NANAIMO Ladysmith

Kur mendojme të studiojme jashtë vendit, faktorët që konsiderojmë janë:

  • Edukim Cilësor dhe i njohur ndërkombëtarisht,
  • Kosto e perballueshme rreth 50% me ekonomike sesa UK apo USA.
  • Një destinacion i sigurt
  • Mjedis mikpritës

Të gjitha këto jua ofron Kanadaja!

Një planifikim jo shumë i largët sjell në vëmendje dhe mundësine e punësimit pas diplomimit – Kanada është një nga vendet e pakta që ofron mundësi punësimi për studentët që kanë mbaruar Universitetet Kanadeze dhe kanë marrë një diplomë Kanadeze. Në fakt, pasi të përfundojnë studimet, studentët ndërkombëtarë mund të punojnë në Kanada deri në 3 vjet me vizë pune, kohë gjatë së cilës kanë mundësi të ndërtojnë një mundësi tjetër emigrimi nëpërmjet sistemit të pikëzimit!

Nanaimo është një qytet port prej me pak se 100,000 banoresh njëkohësisht nyje lidhëse mes Ishullit të Vancouver dhe mainland Vancouver, zyrtarisht ka motin më të butë në tërë territoret e Kanadasë.

Gjatë një vizite në Kanada përfaqësuesit e Crown Albania kanë shkëmbyer dhe përfituar eksperiencë në lidhje me procesin e rregjistrimeve të nxënësve Shqiptarë në shkollën e mesme publike – Nanaimo Ladysmith

Madhësia e shkollave të mesme ne Nanaimo varion nga 275 (Cedar) ne 1450 (NDSS) nxënës. Në varësi të çfarë studenti kërkon, infrastruktura mund të jetë aq e madhe sa për të akomoduar të gjithë por dhe aq e vogël sa për t’u ndjerë si në shtëpi.

Në total i gjithe qyteti mirëpret me pak se 200 studentë internacional. Si pasoje, nga pikepamja e komoditetit, autoritetet edukative kanë ‘luksin’ të përzgjedhin me shumë kujdes familjet pritese të cilat janë pika shumë të forta mbështetjeje në edukimin e të rinjve me vlerat e shëndetshme Kanadeze.

Studentëve ju ofrohet një dhomë personale dhe ata akomodohen me maksimumi 1 student tjetër ndërkombetar më të njëjtën gjini por jo nga një kombësi e njëjtë. Kjo ndodh pasi drejtuesit e programit konsiderojnë të rëndësishëm komunikimin në Anglisht ose Frëngjisht.

Nga e majta në të djathtë: Maria dhe Kristina nga Meksika, Jorge nga Spanja, Jasper nga Suedia, Valbona nga Shqipëria dhe Rob, District principal Nanaimo. Hanley mbrapa cameras:)))

Drejtuesi i Districtit, Rob Hutchins, që ka në menaxhim 30 shkolla përfshirë ato të mesme në district.  

Në godinën e administratës ajo që na tërheq vëmendjen është ana vizuale e gjallë, simbolika shkollës së mesme publike e Ladysmith që na përcjell më pas në të gjitha shkollat.

Vizioni i shkollës është: të ndërtoje një komunitet inkurajues, innovator, gjithëpërfshirës dhe të personalizuar të të mësuarit që frymezon sukses për të gjithe.

Eksperienca e studenteve tanë është e shkëlqyer.

Ata që janë bashkuar që në klasën e 10 kanë zhvilluar një lendë semestrale me detyrim që quhet ‘Career life education’ dhe që i mëson të shkruajnë resume, të bëjnë kërkime të thjeshta, të komunikojnë me borde të ndryshme (punësimi dhe akademike).

Gjithashtu lënda sqaron në mënyrë të detajuar dhe konçize kombinimin e lendëve të cilat përkthehen në kredite dhe ju japin mundësinë studentëve përgjatë gjithë shkollës së mesme (pra klasa 10,  11 dhe 12) të mbledhin këto kredite për të demonstruar merita akademike që i hapin rrugën regjistrimeve në Universitete prestigjioze me reputacion global si UBC.

  • Minimumi i krediteve për të marrë gjimnazin për studentët Kanadez dhe internacional që kryejnë krejt programin studimore të shkollës së mesme aty është 80 kredite per laureimin.
  • Klasa 11 shënon pikën ku studentit i kërkohet të nisë eksperiencë vullnetare, e cila vazhdon dhe në vitin pasardhës, në total 30 orë vullnetarizëm i certifikuar.
  • Sikurse në çdo strukturë akademike të mirë-rankuar, konkurrenca në Universitetet Kanadeze është shumë e fortë, pra nuk ka një limit të sipërm të krediteve. Universiteti i ishullit të Vancouver është pikërisht në Nanaimo (VIU) duke i dhënë qytetit dinamikën studentore dhe prezencë multikulturore ndërkombëtare.
  • Jeta shkollore në Nanaimo Ladysmith ofron shumë aktivitete jashtëshkollore, duke përfshirë skuadra atletike (futboll, golf, basketboll, rugby, etj.), Klube (drama, prodhim gazete, etj.), Arte interpretuese (grupi xhaz, turne, etj.) Klubi i vallëzimit, teatri muzikor, dhe ngjarjet shoqërore (vallet, promovimet e shpirtit shkollor, etj.)

NANAIMO në gjuhën Indiane do të thote “Big, strong tribe/Tribu e forte dhe e madhe” burimi: ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA

Aktivitete që mund të bëhen në kohën e lirë

Kuriozitete mbi qytezen Nanaimo Ladysmith

  • Nanaimo Dessert Bar është krenaria e qytetit, ka 30 versione që përfaqësojnë kulinarine e një shtegtimi të famshëm me biçikletë (hiking trail) ku secili destinacion ndryshon me një ingredient që e jep shijen unike.
  • Në largesi me pak se 3 orë ndodhet Tofino që konsiderohet si parajsa botërore e surf’isteve.
  • Ndërkohe Vancouver është 1 orë e gjysëm larg me traget (BC Ferries është linja e trageteve që ka eksperimentuar përdorimin e sistemit të operimit elektrik në mënyrë që të ulë zhurmën dhe te mos shqetësojë gjallesat nënujore). Shume rekomandojne seaplane (15 minuta) që është një experiencë e jashtëzakonshme, gjithashtu eshte dhe mundësia për t’a përshkruar të gjithë distancën me fluturim tradicional në vetëm 20 minuta.
  • Ndër kuriozitetet që ia vlejnë të eksplorohen janë Nanaimo wreck diving që tregon mrekullitë që mund të bëjë njeriu në përpjekje për t’u përafruar me natyrën. Kjo hapësirë përfshin 3 anije të mbytura në mënyrë të kontrolluar nga autoritetet duke filluar nga rreth 50 vite më parë me synimin që të ‘banoheshin’ nga bota nënujore dhe kësisoj të mundesojnë një aventurë zhytjete të pashoqë
  • Për më shumë kampionati botetor i Bathtub zhvillohet në Nanaimo.
  • Victoria, cepi me i largët i ishullit të Vancouver është më pak se 1 orë e gjysëm larg.
  • Vetë Nanaimo ka peisazhin më mahnitës me bollëk natyror të gjelberimit dhe ujërëave lumor, liqenor, oqeanik dhe në formën e ujëvarave.
  • Për më shumë informacion

Crown Albania është Organizatë Jofitimprurëse e regjistruar me vendim gjykate numër 957 në Dhjetor 2014, Nipt L51704451H.

Qendra është përfaqësuese e kontraktuar e më shumë se 150 shkollave publike dhe private ne Kanada. Ka një ofertë dhe një portë për interesin e të gjithëve ndërkohë që ne kemi në çdo rast në qëndër të vëmendjes ofrimin e mundësive të barabarta për studentet ekselentë Shqiptarë.

Assistenca jonë është 360 gradë, nga marrja e interesit tuaj, përftimi i ofertës deri në përfundimin e procedurave të vizës pranë Autoriteteve Emigratore.

Studimet jashtë Shqipërisë kërkojnë një planifikim në kohë dhe ne rekomandojmë që aplikimet të mos i lini për në moment të fundit, në mënyrë që të sigurohet një proces i kujdesshëm dhe i suksesshëm.

Ruajtja e shëndetit mendor në botën e koronavirusit

Dielli po shkëlqen dhe nuk ju lejohet të dilni nga shtëpia.

Ju keni studiuar shumë për muaj të tërë dhe tani nuk ka provime.

Prindërit tuaj janë jashtëzakonisht të zënë, por ata nuk po shkojnë në punë.

Gjatë kësaj periudhe të vështirë, një nga shqetësimet që është shfaqur në të gjithë botën është se si të qëndrojmë të shëndetshëm mendërisht kur shkollat dhe kolegjet janë të mbyllura. Për t’ju përgjigjur më mirë kësaj pyetje, kam punuar me një psikologe të diplomuar në Universitetin e Tiranës, Anila Qerosi, e cila më ka ndihmuar të kuptoj raportet e ekspertëve nga Universitetet e Oxford dhe Cambridge, në fushën e shëndetit mendor, shëndetit fizik dhe atij global, veçanërisht tek grupmosha e adoleshentëve dhe të rinjve.

Studentët në të gjithë globin u përballën papritur me një realitet shumë konfuzues. Rutinat e jetës së përditshme janë “asgjësuar” nga pandemia që po na prek të gjithë ne, dhe të përballesh psikologjikisht me këto ndryshime është po aq e vështirë sa të përballesh fizikisht me to.

Si duhet të përgjigjen të rinjtë ndaj sfidës së lockdown-it? Këshillat janë të qarta:

  • Qëndroni të informuar, por mos e teproni me lajmet

Lajmet në muajt e fundit kanë qenë potencialisht shqetësuese për të gjithë ne. Çështja kryesore është të jemi të mirëinformuar mirë, por jo të përqendrohemi më shumë seç duhet në të. Faktet e mbajnë situatën nën kontroll dhe ndihmojnë në minimizimin e frikës.

Ju mund të jeni rritur duke u mbështetur në mediat sociale për tu informuar, por ky nuk është burimi më i mirë – titujt e theksuar të lajmeve dhe keqinformimi i shpeshtë i mediave sociale mund të rrisin ankthin dhe të çojnë në përsëritje të pafund të historive alarmante. Në vend të kësaj, ne kemi nevojë për informacion të qetë, të saktë nga burime autoritare, siç është Organizata Botërore e Shëndetit, dhe në Mbretërinë e Bashkuar njerëzit e dinë që ata gjithashtu mund të mbështeten në pavarësinë e BBC-së për informacion të paanshëm. Me internetin është mjaft e thjeshtë të gjesh burime të besushme kudo që ju jetoni. Ka një incidencë më të madhe të virusit në Mbretërinë e Bashkuar sesa në Shqipëri, por gjendja shpirtërore e britanikëve vazhdon të mbetet e qetë. Shqipëria gjithashtu duket se e ka shmangur panikun.

  • Fokusohuni në diçka tjetër

Mendja jonë nuk mund të mbajë dy mendime në të njëjtën kohë. Ne nuk mund të frikësohemi për koronavirusin dhe në të njëjtën kohë të bëjmë detyrat e shtëpisë apo të mësojmë një gjuhë të re. Kështu që, sapo një mendim shqetësues t’ju vijë ndërmend, përpiquni të shpërqendroni veten – duke u marrë me diçka produktive apo argëtuese.  Në këtë mënyrë, shfrytëzoni çdo mundësi për të mësuar online, gjë që është shumë efektive jo vetëm për edukimin tuaj, por edhe për shëndetin tuaj mendor!

Për të praktikuar gjuhën angleze, provoni kursin e anglishtes në BBC

ose , ose mund të provoni aplikacionin Memrise në telefonin tuaj.

  • Planifikoni!

Edhe pse të gjithë kemi mësuar të pranojmë se jeta nuk është kurrë e sigurtë, ne funksionojmë më mirë kur ndiejmë që i kemi gjërat nën kontroll. Qeniet njerëzore janë “krijesa të zakonit” dhe ne jemi më të lumtur me rutinën dhe rendin në jetën tonë. Procesi i planifikimit na jep një ndjenjë të familjaritetit, rendit dhe kontrollit – kjo do të thotë që ne të dimë se çfarë po bëjmë tani, dhe se çfarë do të ndodhë më pas.

  • Gjumë, dietë dhe ushtrime

Provat për domethënien e këtyre tre inputeve në jetën tonë janë mbizotëruese. Kjo nuk vlen vetëm për aftësitë tona fizike, por edhe për shëndetin dhe forcën tonë mendore.

Prandaj vazhdoni të ngriheni dhe shkoni në shtrat në kohë të arsyeshme – vendosni alarmin dhe ngrihuni! Për t’u përshtatur me zona të ndryshme kohore, unë po jap mësim në orën 6 të mëngjesit çdo ditë, kështu që edhe unë shkoj në shtrat shumë më herët. Tetë orë gjumë, një dhomë gjumi e errët dhe të mos qëndroni vonë; këto janë rregullat e thjeshta! Kam ndryshuar edhe vaktet e mia të ngënies, dhe jam i kujdesshëm për të ngrënë në mënyrë të përshtatshme.

Aktiviteti fizik ndihmon në uljen e stresit në trupin tuaj, sidomos tashmë që nuk bëni lëvizjet rutinë shtëpi-shkollë, prandaj është e rëndësishme të bëni disa stërvitje. Bërja e ushtrimeve fizike duke filluar nga joga, palestra, e deri tek vallëzimi, rekomandohet çdo ditë e më shumë nga ekpertët e fushës.

  • Qëndroni në kontakt

Një studim mbi shpërthimin e SARS në vitin 2003 zbuloi se të qenit në karantinë shpesh çon në shfaqjen e simptomave të çrregullimit të stresit post-traumatik dhe depresionit, kështu që ne duhet të mbrohemi nga këto probleme të shëndetit mendor që tani. Pra, qëndroni në kontakt me njerëzit e tjerë, edhe nëse kjo është në distancë nga Skype, Zoom, Teams apo çfarëdo platforme që ju dëshironi.

Po sikur të bëheni pjesë e këtij kursi online së bashkë me miqtë tuaj?

  • Dhe së fundmi… mos harroni se do të përfundojë!

Sado që të jeni në ankth, është e rëndësishme të kuptoni që kjo situatë nuk do të zgjasë përgjithmonë. Strukturoni dhe planifikoni të shfrytëzoni sa më shumë mundësitë tuaja pavarësisht sfidave aktuale. Mendoni se sa shumë do të argëtoheni kur gjërat të kthehen në normalitet.


Stuart dhe Anila

Stuart Nicholson, (i diplomuar në Universitetin e Oxford, Cambridge dhe Edinburgh, ish Kryetar i Shoqatës së Shkollave të Pavarura, dhe bashkëthemelues i “Englander Scholarship”)

Anila Qerosi (e diplomuar në Universitetin e Tiranës, aktualisht administratore e shoqatës YWCA of Albania)

UK Scholarship competition

ESBA Chair Interview

Stuart Nicholson
Alumnus of the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh

Why Albania?

Albania is a fascinating country.  Under its dictatorship, Albania was famous in Britain because it was such a closed country – we knew less about Albania than we did about North Korea. When I first visited Tirana, I was surprised to find a modern and forward-thinking capital city. I was also impressed by the country’s thirst for democracy and was struck by the determination of its young people for a democratic, fair and corruption-free country.  They wanted an international education but could not afford the very high fees for UK boarding schools and I wanted to try and establish a scholarship programme to help the bright young Albanians I met afford it.

Last year I had the opportunity to approach several boarding schools in the UK and ask if they would be willing to provide Scholarships that would cover half the fees at their schools. I was delighted by their enthusiasm for this project.

I am now looking to find students of very high academic ability whose families might be able to afford these lower fees.

What are the things to consider before registering for this competition?

This competition is designed to find students of very high academic ability and who seek to win a place at a British boarding school.   Successful candidates will be working in English with native-speaking British students. 

As the scholarships offered by the schools will cover more than half the cost of full school fees, the scholarships are offered on merit to those who are very high ability. The competition is designed to identify students who will be able to get top grades who will have the ambition to go and study at some of the UK’s finest universities.

So, do you love learning?  Is it exciting and enjoyable?  Is your English really good?  Are you one of the top students in your school and would you love to study in the UK?

What’s the best/ideal age to start studies abroad?

Although the best age at which to come and study in the UK is as early as possible because of the requirement to become fluent in English, in practice it is a balance of many factors – the student’s wishes and maturity, the family’s willingness to let their child go overseas for such a long time, the ability and ambition of the student and their fluency in English.

Most importantly for the Englanders scholarships, I have met students age 15 or 16 from Albania whose English is already very strong and they would be able to learn alongside native-speaking British students.  This is the critical age for the preparation which will be necessary to achieve entry to a top UK university at age 18. 

There may be one or two places available for students who are not able to start until age 17.  So we will be interested to meet very high ability students who will be age between 15 and 17 on 1 September 2020.

What are some typical features of boarding schools in the UK?

British boarding schools have a global reputation for the quality of their provision.  Teaching is recognised as being amongst the best in the world, with very small class sizes and with the opportunity not just learn what is in the curriculum.  These expert teachers help students go beyond the curriculum.  If you hope for a place at the very best universities, the opportunity to learn in greater depth is a real advantage.  

The schools are famous not just for academic reasons, as the schools are also extremely good at helping students develop their own moral character, personal and communication skills, as well as a sense of integrity and social values.  

Boarding schools also have very good facilities, not just in the classrooms, but also for sport, dramatic and creative studies, as well as the usual academic subjects.  So, as well as educating world leaders, inventors, and scientists, British boarding schools produce Oscar winners and Olympic gold medallists. 

How were the particular schools selected?

I chose schools that are known personally to me and where I know the head teachers. These are schools where I know the quality of the provision is excellent – the highest standards of teaching, with very good results for very bright students, and a supportive approach that helps students develop in the best possible ways. All of this will enable students to achieve their ambitions at schools that support individuals, giving them the best opportunity to develop their talents to the full.

What are the unique characteristics in terms of subject/testing/learning for the British Education system?

From the age of 16, the British education system is remarkable and unique. What makes it so special is the opportunity that students have to focus on subjects which they most enjoy.  In most countries, students must continue studying as many as fifteen subjects until they leave school at the age of 18.  The British system allows students after age 16 to study the subjects they most enjoy.  This means that students can focus on, for example, maths, physics and chemistry, or history, biology and maths, or any other combination of subjects.  There are also subjects which generally are not available before university in many countries.  These include law, business, and psychology, which are all popular subjects with international students who study in the UK.

This means students learn in real depth the subjects that matter most to them rather than having to continue a very broad selection of subjects, many of which they no longer particularly like.

Families are surprised to learn that this does not mean a narrowing of future choices. The British university system is remarkably flexible, and universities are generally more concerned about the grades than the exact subject that you have chosen to study.  For example, if you want to do a degree in law then universities don’t mind if you have studied maths and physics at school or whether you have studied history and geography.

There are some exceptions to this: if you wish to study medicine then at school you must take chemistry, biology and probably also physics.  To be an engineer then you will need maths and physics, and maybe chemistry or biology.  But these subjects are the exception and most courses are very flexible.  Schools are very experienced in providing advice about the type of subjects to be taken to school to prepare for the right type of University course.  You will also receive expert advice about this as part of the selection process in the Englander scholarship programme.

The approach to learning in the British system is a very active one. This is very different from the experience that students have in many countries, where school learning is all about listening, copying and repeating, rather than thinking and being involved is discussion and debate. Especially at boarding school, students are expected to be actively engaged in their learning, both in and out of class.

These are high calibre schools and students will find small classes and expert teachers.  At age 16 to 18, class sizes are typically about 10 students.  Students are expected to be involved, questioning and actively learning in the whole process.  If you are studying science subjects, you will find the subjects are approached in a completely practical way.  Science in UK schools is not a dry and theoretical, book and backboard subject, but a practical and engaging subject in which students learn by doing, analysing and thinking, rather than by listening, copying and repeating.

How do boarding schools help with University enrolments?

The schools have staff who are very experienced in supporting students in the university application process. They will have specialist staff that help students in selecting appropriate universities and appropriate courses. This means helping them in making the applications, advising on their personal statements and in completing the application forms.  Staff also help produce a reference which is sent from school to university in support of the student’s application.

British universities have a centralised application system, known as UCAS.  Through UCAS, students complete just one application form and this is sent to five universities chosen by the student.  The universities then decide if they wish to offer the student a place.  The whole process is overseen and supported by staff in the schools.

What’s a typical day like in a boarding school?

A typical day in a boarding school is a busy and happy one.

Students are woken at about 7 in the morning by staff who will have been on duty overnight.  There is breakfast in the school dining hall before assembly, and then lessons, which typically start at about 8:30 in the morning.  The food in British boarding schools has a very good reputation, so students are well nourished for a busy day!

The typical lesson length is about 40 minutes and there will be about 8 lessons each day. There is typically a break of about 20-minutes in the middle of the morning and an hour for lunch. At lunchtime and after school there will be additional activities and clubs for students to take part in and enjoy. There is usually a very wide range of possibilities, from metalwork to horse riding, and from rugby to ballet. Schools have their own sports grounds and often things like a swimming pool, music practice rooms, and theatres as well.

There are team games, competitions, debating, concerts and plays – all of which students are encouraged to take part in and to broaden their educational experience, develop social skills and discover new interests.

In the evening there is homework, usually known in British boarding schools as prep. The amount of prep depends on the age of the student, but those who are preparing for university might be doing two hours per evening and some additional revision and learning at the weekend.  There is plenty of time for fun as well of course, especially with free time at the weekend where students may visit the local town with friends or go on organised trips that the school arranges.  These trips may be educational, cultural or for entertainment, such as trips to local cities or to local leisure facilities.

Should Albanian parents and students be worried about Brexit?   

“What will be the impact of Brexit?” has been a question asked by everyone in recent months.  For Albanian students and their families, if anything, Brexit might work to their advantage, as there will now be no difference between students coming from outside the EU and those that are in the EU.  The recently-elected Conservative government in the UK has won a large majority and pledged a fair and positive immigration policy.  We have already seen an extension of the post-study work visa arrangements and a more accessible salary level for immigration.  This has been reinforced by an emphasis on welcoming those with good English and good levels of higher education – all of which is very good news for an Albanian student competing for an Englander scholarship.


Shkollë e mesme në Kanada – Port Alberni District

Port Alberni District është një qytezë e mrekullueshme që shtrihet në mes te ishullit te Vancouver.

Shkolla e mesme e këtij komuniteti përfaqëson fjalën e fundit të teknologjisë me një investim prej 58 milion dollarësh Kanadez i përfunduar rreth 7 vite më parë.

Këtu na pret principali i shkolles, Z. Rob Souther i cili na udhëheq në një tour në ambjentet e shkollës. Ndalemi tek salla e “debate club” që ndodhet në afersi të zyrës së tij dhe aty shohim temat që marrin përsipër të diskutojnë studentët përgjatë muajit. ‘Nga pikëpamja akademike’ – na shpjegon ai është e rëndësishme që sfida të merret pozitivisht’.

Maksimumi i përfitimit merret kur studentët duhet të “mbrojnë” një qëndrim i cili nuk është ai tek i cili besojnë në të vërtetë pasi kjo i bën të eksplorojnë këndvështrime të ndryshme. Këtu mësojnë shkëmbimin e ideve dhe respektimin e fjalës së bashkëbiseduesit ndërkohë që audienca është e mirëpritur t’ju japë përshtypjet e veta. Thjesht ideale për studentët që duan të zhvillojnë aftesitë e komunikimit që në shkollën e mesme.

Ekrane informuese ndodhen në çdo korridor dhe informacioni përditësohet vazhdimisht, duke filluar nga oraret, ftesat për pjesëmarrje, kalendaret akademike, aktivitetet jashtëshkollore e deri tek ditëlindjet. Rezultatet e përftuara për nxënësit dhe prindërit janë të përmuajshme dhe me krenari vërejmë që për Arber Mezani, studenti ynë Shqiptar në këtë shkolle, ka marre një A në mesataren e të gjitha subjekteve. Detyrat e shtëpisë konceptohen ndryshe nga çfarë jemi mësuar të shohim në Shqipëri.

Studentët kanë një account virtual dhe çdo punim që bëhet në shtëpi apo në shkollë sinkronizohet dhe ruhet automatikisht. Puna në grup me 4 studentë promovohet nëpërmjet projeteve të shumëllojshme. Çdo projekt dhe punim ka pikët e veta të cilat përcaktojnë respektivisht rezultatin mujor semestral dhe vjetor.

Sportet kanë një rëndësi të veçantë dhe shkolla kujdeset që në klasën e 10 çdo student të këtë 1 orë e gjysëm fiskulture çdo ditë. Pasi kalojnë teste të ndryshme, nxënësit inkurajohen të bashkohen në klube të ndryshme sportive që variojne nga basketbolli deri tek rugby. Të gjitha ambjentet janë të mirëpajisura duke përfshirë 1 dhomë gjimnastike, 2 palestra të mbyllura dhe fushat e sportit që rrethohen nga pistat e vrapimit. Shumë afër ambjenteve të shkollës, në distance 250 m ecje ndodhet biblioteka dhe pishinat e mbyllura.

Përse të studioni në Port Alberni School District ?

Një nga përparesitë e Port Alberni është vendndodhja buzë lumit Sommass, që i siguron një klimë të butë që përfaqësohet nga të 4 stinët. Komuniteti përbëhet nga përafërsisht 20.000 banorë. Zona është kodrinore me infrastrukturë të bollshme me rrugë të gjëra që janë një standard i panjohur dhe për autostratradat në vendin tonë. Ujëvara më e lartë në Canada ndodhet vetëm 60 km larg, Della Falls.

Port Alberni School District – Totem

Me kureshtaret mund të përfshihen në aktivitetet e kërkimit të arit, një aktivitet i hershëm në shumë lumenj të ishullit, tashmë i kthyer në një atraksion turistik. Për të apasionuarit pas Petroglifeve dhe Gjeologjisë, Sproat Lake ose Liqeni i Troftës është një destinacion për t’u vizituar.
Banorët janë miqësore dhe i konsiderojnë studentet internacional si një mundësi për të mësuar me shumë për kulturat e tjera. Një pjesë e mirë e kulturës dhe prezencës vendase përbëhet nga trashëgimia indigjene dhe kjo prezencë ndihet si në simbolike psh totem po ashtu dhe në burime njerëzore.

Gjithashtu qyteza ka distancë të shkurtër nga Nanaimo, porti më i madh dhe aeroporti i ishullit. Një destinacion tjetër spaktakolar është Tofino, qyteza turistike e famshme për sportin e surfit dhe bukuritë natyrore, si dhe Victoria, kryeqyteti i Vancouver që konsiderohet si qyteti i vjetër me kulture Europiane.

Jo me kot British Columbia ka slloganin që e përfaqeson ‘Beautiful British Columbia’ që e gjen në çdo targë, bluze apo ornament karakteristik. Banorët këtu natyrshëm kanë me çfarë të krenohen si nga pikëpamja shoqërore, kulturore por edhe natyrore.