The English Access Microscholarship Program – Access, supported by the United States Embassy in Skopje, will be implemented at the following five new locations starting as of school year 2019/2020: the high schools “Mirko Mileski” and “Drita” in Kicevo, the “Economics High School – Gostivar” in Gostivar, “8 Septemvri” in Tetovo, “Mihajlo Pupin” in Skopje and “Sami Frasheri ”in Kumanovo. So far, the Access Program has been implemented for 2 two-year cycles in Veles, at the “Koco Racin” Gymnasium, and this is the fourth consecutive year of its implementation in “Pero Nakov” in Kumanovo.
In December 2019, the teachers who will implement the program at the new locations participated in a training aimed at their familiarization with the curriculum and the materials they will use. The training was also attended by the teachers who have been involved in the program for some time now, and they presented the best practices, the challenges and the potential ways for their overcoming to the new teachers, along with some useful exercises.
In view of the fact that the Access program is run by two teachers together at each location, representatives from the U.S. Embassy introduced them to models and methods for joint teaching and use of technology during classes, while one of the sessions was dedicated to the manners of providing support to the students in organizing community service activities.
“Access is not just a language learning course, it is much more,” said Vladimir Smilev, a teacher in Veles.
The purpose of the Access program is to enable the students who participate in it to study English language, American culture and democratic values. In an interesting and informal way which is different from the regular classes, the high school students from the new schools as well will have the opportunity to enhance their English language skills, as well as to participate in learning exchanges, to promote their academic skills and to contribute to the socio-economic success of their families.
In addition to the regular classes, which are held twice a week, the program also includes a summer camp. Furthermore, the students will visit important cultural and educational institutions. The program includes visits to art exhibitions, theater plays and cinema screenings, it enhances the students’ sports spirit through sports games, and it nurtures the creativity of the young people through interactive and creative workshops.
This activity is part of the English Access Microscholarship Program, supported by the United States Embassy in North Macedonia.