Monday, March 3, 2008

Teacher's Day in Albania

March 7th was Teacher's Day here in Albania. It's a special day set aside to honor teachers! Students take gifts to their teachers and over the years it has gone from small candies and flowers to some of the teacher's expecting much more expensive gifts like jewelry and perfumes, etc. (Of course this applies to the state schools and not our kid's schools! PTL!) It has become a stress filled day for some Albanian families who cannot afford to send expensive "gifts" to the teachers...and send what they can in way of candies or little flowers. In a society filled with bribes in most institutions and government places...this is just another area where we hope to see change. That way it can go back to being a fun holiday for children to honor there very special teachers.

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