Albania -- whose tow-point seven million people live in the poorest and most isolated country in Europe, has a strict but unorthodox education system.
GV PAN Classroom in secondary school, teacher, pupils listening (3 shots)
SV PAN Students in cubicles in language laboratory, SV teacher CU students (3 shots)
GV School corridor, children going to different lessons
SV ZOOM INTO CU Students' essays in french on display board
SV EXTERIOR Girls playing basketball, CU girls watching GV of play (3 shots)
GV PAN Classroom of children wearing scarves, teacher (2 shots)
CUs communist literature, Lenin's books, Enver Hoxha and Stalin (3 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Boys training with rifles
SV Children putting on gas masks and protective clothing (2 shots)
GV Children walking through smoke
GV Children pruning fruit trees, receiving instruction (2 shots)
CU PULL OUT TO GV Girl spraying trees, GV of plantation (2 shots)
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Background: Albania -- whose tow-point seven million people live in the poorest and most isolated country in Europe, has a strict but unorthodox education system. By law, Albanians are required to raise their children to become 'good Communists'. At this secondary school of foreign languages in the capital Tirana, students have the facilities of a phonetics laboratory (audio aids) although traditional methods are used, as with these essays in French (sequence 4). Sport is high on the curriculum, and so too are the teachings of Lenin, Stalin and Enver Hoxha -- the Communist party chief who has ruled Albania for the past 35 years. Albania shares a lengthy border with its ancient enemy Yugoslavia. The entire adult population is armed, there is live ammunition in every cottage and it is said that ten minutes after an alarm, any village is ready to fight a foreign invader. Military training is therefore an important part of a student's education. In a country that feeds itself and forbids credit deals with either the West or East, it is not surprising that farm husbandry is learnt at an early age.