Fatbardha Gega: To forge strong characters

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Fatbardha Gega was one of the most distingueshed personalities of Albanian pedagogical and psychological thought in the second half of the Twentieth Century in our country (Bedri Dedja, psychologist and pedagogue).

Fatbardha was born in Fier, Albania, in 1919. After finishing the Woman’s Institute Nana Mbretneshë in Tirana, she studied in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Florence in Italy.

She started working as a teacher of history in 1942 at the school Donika Kastrioti in Shkodër. She was the director of this school and deputy director of history, pedagogy and psychology in the Tirana secondary pedagogical school 17 Nëntori. In 1965, she worked as a scientific collaborator in the Institute of Studies and School Publications, while from 1966 she was in the Directorate of Pedagogical Studies in the Ministry of Education.

Fatbardha left many creative works as a legacy for the fund of Albanian pedagogy. She compiled the text Psychology (for secondary pedagogical schools) and was co-author of the text Methods of teaching – educational work in school (1972). In the book To forge strong characters (1968), she raised her voice against pedagogical bureaucracy and offers an original treatment of modern Albanian pedagogy.

She did the same in her works. The school and the family, Important factors in the civic education of children, Teacher – pupil relations and others. New pages in didactic and historical pedagogical thought were written in her articles.

Her principal work were collected and edited by Pajtim Bejtja and Pandora Dedja in the book For you, teachers and parents (Tirana, 2002)

Fatbardha was awarded the titles Teacher of Merit and Teacher of the People. Because her lifetime contribution to the problems of education, teaching methods, family education and the pedagogical mastery of teaching, as well the fact of their coming together in one highly trained individual, she deserves what Bedri Dedja said about her: She was like those mountain peaks reached by very few people!


Extracted from the book “Distinguished Albanian Women” – Edi Shukriu


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