Albania wants 10% of students to learn Italian by 2019

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

From here in Italian. This can be put under the "local economic concerns trump worldwide trends" file, not surprising given that 40% of overall Albanian external trade is done with Italy.

A new memorandum of understanding was signed under the "Ilyria" program to promote and develop the teaching of the Italian language as the first foreign language in the Albanian system, up to the secondary school level. With this Albania is committed to promote and diffuse the teaching of Italian at the pre-university level with the objectives of achieving a quota of 10% of students by the year 2019.

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