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Majlinda Kalmendi's school - Ali Hadri High School, Kosovo

World Class 2012 in partnership with the British Council bring you the stories of the schools where the dreams begin.

Ali Hadri are twinned with St Mary's College, Hull

Ali Hadri School

Ali Hadri Secondary School

Number of students - 1603
Number of teachers - 103
Where in the world? Peja, Kosovo
Years Majlinda attended - 2006 - present

"Hard work, discipline and constant commitment" are the Director's ingredients for a successful school and Ali Hadri are proud of many successful students.

Apart from Majlinda, the school have produced many distinguished sportsmen who play at national level for the countries basketball and football teams.

Majlinda's inspiration

Ms. Kastrati teaching at Ali Hadri

You never forget the teachers that had a real impact on your life and for Majlinda that's her English teacher, Mehrije Kastrati.

Due to constant training and competitions, Majlinda often misses school but Ms Kastrati makes sure that she's constantly kept up to date with all her school activities and work.

More than this, Majlinda feels her teacher's passion to help her students learn makes her a very special teacher.

Looking to the future

Majlinda in class
Majlinda in class
There are a lot of happy moments to remember about Majlinda... she is a very civilised and intelligent person
Director, Vehbi Shala

The schools Director, Vehbi Shala, believes lifelong learning is the ultimate aim for the Ali Hadri students. He aims for them to be equipped with the right skills for this when they leave school.

"The greatest challenge the students must overcome is to face real life and be able to put theory into practice," he said.

Ali Hadri are determined to create more sports stars like Majlinda and Mr Shala is excited about the prospect of seeing Majlinda and other Olympic athletes compete in London 2012.

"As one of the most important sport events in the world, it awakes our extraordinary interest of our students and teachers exalting at the success of each new world record," he said.

World Olympic Dreams

Majlinda is one of the athletes being tracked as London 2012 approaches and they strive to make their Olympic dreams a reality.

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