TAP Renovates 'Fuat Babani' School in Bilisht
Albanian Daily News
Published May 20, 2018
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has completely renovated and equipped with a heating system officially the "Fuad Babani" High School in Bilisht. Itsrenovation, to which an investment of EUR 600,000 was made, is part of TAP's Social and Environmental Investments, and now provides better teaching conditions to approximately 800 students. The complete renovation of the internal and external school premises, interior refurbishment, gym renovation and central heating system installation were made possible thanks to such investment by TAP. Aiming at establishing new safety standards, TAP has equipped Bilisht High School with a fire alarm system and emergency exit stairs. TAP's Interim Country Manager for Albania, Michele Elia, noted the importance that TAP places on teaching conditions improvement, as an investment for the future: "Besides the pipeline construction, TAP is committed to improving the life of communities in the vicinity of the pipeline through social and environmental investments. We are confident that life improvement is closely related with the education of the young generation.
In this regard, the enhancement of schools and kindergartens conditions has been a priority for TAP's social and environmental investments. To date, we have intervened to the complete renovation of 4 schools. The "Fuad Babani" High School principal, Hajder Lilo, highlighted, "The school had been completely depreciated. The lack of roof and the insulation of terrace only made that the third floor, which was the only functional floor where the teaching process took place, be beyond a normal situation. School plaster has been damagedand there were high dampness levels. Thanks to TAP's investment, the situation haschanged now, and we have better conditions."In order to realize such investment, TAP closely cooperated with Devoll Municipality and was greatly supported by Devoll Mayor, Mr. Bledjon Nallbati. The same cooperation between TAP and Devoll Municipality is under way for the realization of other social and environmental investments in this municipality.
The works for the school renovation were undertaken by two Albanian companies. Abkons, which is TAP's contractor for social projects, managed the school renovation, while the AD-star shpk & Kefa shpk undertook the works, by employing approximately 80 employees. "Fuad Babani" High School is the third school being completely renovated as part of TAP's social and environmental investments.
In 2015, TAP renovated the sport facilities of the "Andon Profka" school in Seman village. In October 2017, TAP inaugurated "Thanas Ikonomi" school in Grecalli, Fier, while in November 2017 it inaugurated "7 Dëshmorët" school in Roskovec Municipality.