Merita Koço teaches in the ‘Hospitality-Tourism’ direction at ‘Commercial School’ in Vlora, one of 'Skills for Jobs' partner schools, and is responsible of following students in apprenticeships. But in March 2020, after the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, everything changed.
In the beginning of each academic year, ‘Commercial School’ in Vlora drafts the yearly apprenticeships plan, a considerable part of them being carried out in businesses. However, due to the pandemic, plans changed. The school staff had to come up with new ideas and modalities on how apprenticeships would be carried out, this time at a distance.
To carry out apprenticeships in a new form, teacher Merita had to change the plan and choose modules and topics that could be done at home and with the material base that students had at disposal. MesoVET online platform assisted in this.
Rozelja Kuka is a 12th grade student in the ‘Hotel-Tourism’ direction at ‘Commercial School’ in Vlora. For her, the distance learning experience has been quite positive.
The project took on greater proportions when ‘One TV’ local television agreed to cooperate with the ‘Commercial School’ in Vlora for the ‘House Kitchen’ TV competition. This was an initiative by Aldo Mehmeti, kitchen chef at ‘Marina Bay’ resort in Vlora, with the participation of school students. Each Friday, students cooked from their homes and competed on live broadcast. During the show, they were presenting ingredients and preparation of the dish they were cooking. Finally, the dish was evaluated for its preparation and the extend of following cooking rules.
The involvement of Chef Aldo in the evaluation process was very important in the competition. He followed students step by step with valuable comments on their cooking and ways of improvement.
Rozelja is one of the participants and the winner of the competition.