Teachers for Christian school – Albania
GDQ is an English-speaking International Christian school in Tirana with ACSI accreditation. Could you invest in the lives of this group of young people?
WEC is helping the school to recruit teachers in a range of subjects and for both primary and secondary age groups. Get in touch to find out more.
Qualities & Gifts Sought
English speaker with a good education up to university entrance level. Teaching qualifications and any experience of teaching would be useful for most of these posts.
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The Republic of Albania is in the Balkans, SE Europe. It spans 28,748 sq km (11,100 sq miles) and had a total population of 3 million people as of 2016. Albania's capital is Tirana, the country's most populous city and main economic and commercial centre. Its other major cities include Durrës, Vlorë, Sarandë, Shkodër, Berat, Korçë, Gjirokastër and Fier.
In August 1945, a new law meant that large swaths of property owned by religious groups were nationalized, along with the estates of monasteries and dioceses. Many believers, religious leaders and priests, were arrested and executed. In 1949, a new Decree on Religious Communities required that all their activities be sanctioned by the state alone.
During Enver Hoxha’s dictatorship (1945-1985) 100s of mosques and dozens of Islamic libraries, containing priceless manuscripts, were destroyed. Many churches were converted into cultural centers for young people. Hoxha proclaimed Albania the “World’s first atheist state” in 1967.
A 1967 law banned all “fascist, religious, warmongerish, antisocialist activity and propaganda”. Preaching religion carried a 3-10 year prison sentence. Nonetheless, many Albanians continued to practice their beliefs secretly.
The Hoxha dictatorship's anti-religious policy got most fundamental when the 1976 constitution stated: “The state recognizes no religion, and supports and carries out atheistic propaganda in order to implant a scientific materialistic world outlook in people.”
Following the collapse of communism in 1990, Albania went through a process of transition from a centralized economy to a market-based economy. The Republic provides universal health care and free primary and secondary education to its citizens.
Even though small in size, Albania is distinguished by exceptionally rich and varied biodiversity. The country is host to 30% of the entire flora and 42% of fauna of Europe.The country's biodiversity is conserved in 14 national parks and 786 protected areas.
Albania participated at the Summer Olympic Games in 1972 for the first time. Albania missed the next four games, two of them due to the 1980 and 1984 boycotts, but returned for the 1992 games in Barcelona. Since then, Albania have participated in all games.
Popular sports in Albania include football, weightlifting, basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming, rugby, and gymnastics.
[source: Wikipedia. Read more about Albania here]
Albania's population isround 2.88 million. There are 17 people groups. Five of these are unreached.
The largest religion is Islam – 58%. Christianity is 26%, and although less than 0.5% are evangelical Christians, the annual growth rate is estimated at nearly 5%.
[See Joshua Project for more information]
Pease pray with us for:
Church leadership training
New churches to start
Christian radio stations sharing the good news of Jesus
Scripture translation work
[Source: Operation World, 2010 edition]
You can pray with Operation World's online resources.
And watch the Prayercast video to pray for this nation.
WEC is currently working in three locations - in the capital Tirana, a town called Bathore (just north of Tirana), and the northern city of Shkodra. Each team has a centre for outreach and is involved in church planting as well as community projects.
The team in Shkodra is running a free medical service and children's programs as well as looking for more ways to reach their community. In Tirana, the team has a ministry centre and is exploring their options in reaching out to more parts of the neighbouring community.
The WEC team is prayerfully planning and anticipating reaching out to at least two more new locations in Albania.
This includes church planting and discipling in more unreached districts in the capital city Tirana, Bathore, Shkodra and new towns we've never reached.