Joint school clubs for a better interethnic integration

Starting from the 2018/2019 school year, the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project supports joint school clubs in multilingual schools. The teachers who until now have run school clubs in a different language of instruction and their students will now have an opportunity to work together in one school club dedicated to the same topic, where they will communicate and get to know each other better and cooperate and create products together, while promoting interethnic cooperation, civic culture and behavior.

The primary school “Goce Delcev” in Aerodrom is one of the twenty schools that started implementing the activities within the joint clubs. The art club in this school will be attended by students who study in two different languages of instruction – Macedonian and Albanian.

The first meeting with the participants in the club was held on November 30, 2018. At the beginning of the meeting, the teachers implementing the club activities invited the students to introduce themselves and get to know each other.

Messages for friendship, unity, love and art by students from PS “Goce Delcev”, Aerodrom

Then, using the brainstorming technique, the students discussed about what they would want to learn from this art club by the end of the school year. The wishes of the students were filled with positive messages about friendship, unity, love and art. Although there were a lot of suggestions, all the students agreed that they wanted to “learn through friendship” and “find love through drawing”.

Moreover, through interactive methods and practical teaching process, the young people learned about volume in art. Working with each other and with the support of their teachers, they modeled products made of plasticine, practically learning how to create volume in art.

Students from PS “Goce Delcev” in Bitola work together

In addition to the primary school “Goce Delcev” in Aerodrom, such activities also began to be organized in the schools “Pere Tosev” in the village of Dupjacani – English Language club, Dolneni, “Goce Delcev” in Bitola – Chemistry club and “Straso Pindzur” in the village of Josifovo, Valandovo – Technical Education club.

The students from different ethnic backgrounds will cooperate through multiple meetings by the end of the school year, whereafter they will also organize a public promotion of the products created in the art club. With the support of the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project, during the 2018/2019 school year, joint clubs will be organized in 20 schools throughout Macedonia.

This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, funded by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

This article is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of MCEC and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.