Tirana, June 8, ''Marie Kaçulini'' school won the the first place in Forth Coding Challenge by creating a project called ''Smart City''. The competition was organized by British Council Tirana, with the aim of inspiring children to solve problems they recognize in their environment using micro: bit devices. "Met Hasa" school won the second place and "Gur i Zi" school from Elbasan won the third place.

The competition was organized as part of the "21st Century Schools" programme, which is implemented in Albania by the British Council in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth , and is funded by the UK government.

 The British Council is extremely concerned about the health and safety of all participants in the competition during the pandemic, so the competition was held online for the second time this year. The schools presented their projects in digital format, and the experts of the jury selected 10 best projects to be presented at the live event. Elementary school students have once again shown that they are very adaptable and that they manage extremely well when it comes to digital technologies.

The winning project of the first place called "Smart City" was created by students Amelia Lloshi and Roan Garipi under the mentorship of teacher Etleva Çelmeta. The project aims to help the better functioning of the institutions in the city of Durrës, for all its residents but especially for those with specific requirements. The winners said that they were extremely happy for the victory and that they hope that their project will help their school, but also the community in solving real problems.

The winning project of the second place is "Grandma's medicines" and was created by students Ergi Çarçani and Armisa Prebibaj under the mentorship of teacher Brunilda Çelbeqiri. The purpose of this project is to use coding knowledge to help the loved ones. The children had noticed that their grandparents would often forget taking their medication on time and this caused problems to their health. This was exactly where the idea for the project started, which turned out to be one of the jury's favourites.

The third place winning project, called "Healthy Eating - Improving Eating Habits" was created by Rigelsa Pema and Eda Hyka under the mentorship of teacher Silvana Kolçi. The aim of the project is to raise the awareness of students and the wider community on the impact of diet on physical health by improving eating habits in alternation with physical activity.