Part 2 – Interview with Local Residents and a Focus Group with Stakeholders
Each group of 6 from part 1, will interview local residents in the areas they read about in the newspaper article. They will ask them what they feel they need in the area, and what they have done to overcome the challenges in the area. Each group will then present the challenges faced by local residents to the local politicians, afterwards they will have a focus group meeting with stakeholders i.e. local politicians and government officials, where they will try to campaign for each local area and ask the stakeholders what they will do help the residents.
Albania is a small country with low levels of development in rural areas. The development of these areas is key to succeed in improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in these areas.
The teaching resource aims to bring to the attention of the students issues related to the development of rural areas. Rural development is the process of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in relatively isolated and sparsely populated areas. Rural areas are facing major challenges today which arise mainly from globalization, demographic changes and the rural migration of young people. Policies for rural areas aim to contribute in recognising and making use of its strengths and opportunities.
These teaching resources give students the opportunity to look closely at the living conditions in the rural areas and the challenges they face on a daily basis. Together, the students and local residents will try to encourage development in these areas by having discussions with local stakeholders, and presenting what they feel is urgently needed by the local residents.