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TAP supports student drawing competition themed ‘Health, Security and Environment’

04 December 2015


The winners of a TAP-sponsored art competition for students on the theme of road safety were announced last month. The award ceremony was held at the historic Museum of the First Albanian School (Mësonjëtorja e Parë Shqipe), the site of the country’s first Albanian language school, in the city of Korca. The competition was open to all school pupils living in the communities affected by the TAP pipeline route in Albania.


Organised by the Civil Association of Road Safety and Environment and supported by TAP, an exhibition of competition entries was open to the public for three days and the winners announced at the ceremony.

The project aimed to raise awareness of road safety among young people living in the regions of Korca, Berat and Fier through which the pipeline will pass. The exhibition and prize giving was one of the activities of TAP’s Health and Safety Community Information and Awareness Programme, which will provide road safety guidelines to local people during the project’s construction.

The best 50 works were chosen by an independent jury and displayed to the public during the exhibition. Nine prizes were awarded to student artists from three school stages, ranging from grades 1 to 12. Works were judged on three criteria, including the student’s perception of safety, the message conveyed by the drawing, and the techniques used.   

The winner of the primary school category was Shkëlqim Gjyli from the Myrteza Sala school in Bilisht, Korca. Joint winners of the intermediate category were Andeta Blido and Rrushit Mara,  two pupils from Naum Çobo school in the village of Strum, Fier. The jury awarded first prize in the secondary school category to Kristian Palloj, a student at the Fuat Babani high school, in Bilisht, Korca.

The prestigious award for best overall performance by a school went to Myrteza Sala in Bilisht, Korca, which won a well-stocked library donated by TAP.

A total of 7,000 pupils from 39 schools across all three pre-university stages of education took part in the competition in an initiative that has been widely welcomed as a major contribution to raising awareness of road safety in their communities.

The prizes in full:

School: Myrteza Sala, Bilisht, Korca

Primary school students:

First: Shkëlqim Gjyli - Myrteza Sala, Bilisht, Korca

Second: Iljana Kuqali - Naum Veqilharxhi, Vithkuq, Korca

Third: Ena Çuni - Myslym Bakerri, Bogova, Skrapar

Intermediate school students:

First: Andeta Blido, Rrushit Mara (joint) - Naum Çobo, Strum, Fier

Second: Niki Gjata - Dritëro Agolli, Bilisht, Korca

Third: Desara Cani - 22 tetori, Berat

Secondary school students:

First: Kristian Palloj - Fuat Babani, Bilisht, Korca

Second: Xhesika Vrenozi - Lili Stavre, Topoja, Fier

Third: Xhena Likaj - Ferit Bregu, Vendresh, Skrapar