Secondary school students created a youth center in the schoolyard of SGGUGS Zdravko Cvetkovski

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After several months of meetings at which the challenges faced by young people in their environment were identified, as well as their possible solutions, the secondary school students from Skopje from various ethnicities united in a youth action in the schoolyard of SGGUGS Zdravko Cvetkovski. The action was organized by over 100 students from four schools from Skopje – ASUC “Boro Petrushevski”, SEPUGS “Arseni Jovkov”, SGGUGS “Zdravko Cvetkovski” and SUGS “Brakja Miladinovci”.

One of the main challenges that were identified at the meetings was the lack of space where young people could spend time together and study. At their initiative, one of the unutilized school rooms was repurposed into a youth center. They painted the walls and arranged the interior.

“We have gathered here for the purposes of making our school more beautiful, together with our guests from three other schools with whom we have been jointly implementing the activities. We are very pleased with our work and with the wonderful moments we spent together”, said Furkan, a student from Zdravko Cvetkovski.

In the schoolyard, the students also organized an eco-action for collecting the waste, whereby they aimed to raise the awareness regarding a healthy and clean environment.

“I am truly happy to have participated in this action. It is very rewarding and I can hardly wait for each upcoming action which will be filled with numerous activities. We are all eager to do some work – some of us outside, while others inside. We are having a great time together and we are making many new friends”, added Ivona, a student in the same school.

These young people had lots of fun together while promoting youth activism. Two other actions have been planned for the upcoming period in the other secondary schools.

This volunteer action was implemented with the support of the City of Skopje and the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project, in cooperation with the Youth Educational Forum.

This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, funded by 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.