First-Aid at school in Albania Order of Malta - Permanent Observer Mission

23/04/2013

First-Aid at school in Albania

The first year of the project for teaching high-school pupils first-aid techniques ended on a high note. Organized by the Order of Malta’s volunteer corps in Albania, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education, the project was implemented in four stages.

During the first stage – from May to November 2012 –  280 pupils from 15 upper secondary schools in Lezha and Shkodra participated in a training course. The pupils were taught first-aid rules such as preventing accidents and avoiding errors that could have serious consequences, as in the case of traumatic events, if not suitably treated.

In the second stage – between January and March 2013 – ten pupils were chosen to participate in a specific training pathway with the aim of creating knowledge multipliers in every school. During the third stage this team of multipliers gave first-aid courses to new students in their schools.

Finally, the fourth stage involved a competition between the 15 participating schools in the presence of teachers and pupils and of the Order of Malta’s volunteers in Albania. The students’ answers were judged by a jury of nurses and volunteers specialised in first-aid training.

The winning schools received prizes of teaching aids, including portable computers and projectors to be used for the new training programmes. There was unanimous appreciation for this initiative, to be repeated over the next two years.