Alumni event

Education, Youth & Politics – Being Minister of Education in Albania

An event hosted by the European Debate Initiative

Our next distinguished guest will be Besa Shahini who until recently has been the Minister for Education, Youth and Sport in Albania. She was a refugee at a young age and ended up having a very international upbringing. As a child she grew up in Kosovo. Following the escape from the war in the 1990s she continued her education in Canada before eventually going back to Kosovo. For many years she was working as a researcher, writing reports and setting up her own think tank. She gained expertise in development issues and education. After receiving Albanian citizenship she became Albanian Minister of Education in 2019.


We are looking forward to discussing the following issues relevant for our generation: How can one achieve positive change in the field of education? How does one go from being a researcher to becoming a minister? What skills does one need to be a successful politician? How difficult is it to translate a vision into changes in society? What does a typical day of a minister look like? What are the most frustrating and rewarding elements of the job? Is it different for women to be in Balkan politics?


Don’t miss this opportunity to get a glimpse behind the facade of the life of a minister. If you want to learn more about education and about the two countries with the youngest population in Europe - Kosovo and Albania - we hope to see you at our next event. Join us for this revealing discussion with a visionary politician and eloquent speaker next Thursday, 11th of March at 16:00 (CET)!