On October 16, 2019, on the occasion of the World Food Day, students from the Municipal Secondary School “Car Samoil” from Resen organized a humanitarian action to donate food to their fellow citizens from socially vulnerable families. The action is the final result of the creative workshops that took place in the school over the recent months with the support of the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project.
“We learned how to develop our creative abilities and how to integrate into a multiethnic society. We all worked together and it was very interesting. During the workshops, we came up with a common idea to organize a humanitarian action to help those who need it the most,” says a student at the secondary school “Car Samoil“ in Resen.
Inspired by the workshops, the students gathered food and personal hygiene products, packed them in about 30 packages, and donated them to families in need. By contributing to this action, they showed that youth involvement and activism are an important step towards improving the environment and that they have no ethnic barriers.
“In Resen and in our school we are bridging the differences between the ethnic communities. This is evidenced by the daily socializing of the students. Today they showed their humanitarian side as well. They managed to collect food and personal hygiene products within a short period of time, pack them and donate them to vulnerable families in Resen. We were just coordinating their actions” said Daniela Sterjovska, a teacher at the secondary school “Car Samoil” in Resen.
The event was also attended by the Mayor of Resen, Zivko Gosarevski. In his address, he noted that through the collaboration of teachers and students from different ethnic communities, new experiences and friendships are gained and successes in work and achievements are increased.
The whole process is supported by the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project, in cooperation with the Municipality of Resen. Moreover, creative workshops have been held at the school for a longer period of time now, which have encouraged many joint initiatives and collaborations between the students who had fun while learning how to make real changes in society.
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.