In mid-January 2020, within the English Access Microscholarship Program, a group of secondary school students from Kumanovo, who have been included in this program for the second year now, participated in an educational winter camp in Strumica.
The students developed their creativity through interesting interactive activities. They crafted jewelry, they made drawings on glass with motives from the American culture, they created a mosaic and wrote essays in English.
Under the guidance of Prof. Patricia Davidson, a volunteer from the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, these young people created posters based on the well-known speech by Martin Luther King “I Have a Dream” and afterwards they held an exhibition with their posters. The secondary school students also enhanced their skills in public and assertive speaking via competitions in which they prepared speeches and presented them.
“For me, this has been a lovely experience. All of us together had a great time and lots of fun. I acquired some new skills in public speaking and I wrote my first speech. I never thought I could do that before. I am looking forward to the next camp”, said one of the participants.
In the spirit of teamwork and fun, they walked the streets of Strumica and visited the city stadium Istatov. They spent the evenings enjoying music and dance activities and having a good time with friends. The students and their teachers will have many wonderful memories from the winter camp, which contributed for bringing them even closer together.
Otherwise, the secondary school students who are a part of the Access program regularly attend informal English classes, which are held several times a month. During these classes they participate in numerous activities aimed at enhancing teamwork and increasing their English knowledge, which can ensure opportunities for them to obtain betters jobs, more educational possibilities and a chance to participate and apply for future exchanges and studies in the United States of America.
This activity is part of the English Access Microscholarship Program, supported by the United States Embassy in North Macedonia.