In the 2021/22 school year, vocational secondary schools became involved in activities to encourage the democratic climate in schools through the implementation of student initiatives, with the support of the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project. During the first semester, the students and their mentors worked hard on a variety of activities for positive change in their environment.
The students from the secondary school “Cvetan Dimov” from Skopje conducted a campaign to raise awareness about the harmful consequences of drug use and peer violence. They made stickers with messages in different languages, which they pasted at different locations in the municipality. They also conducted an educational workshop for their classmates.
The secondary technical school in Gostivar worked on environmental issues. The students collaborated with Pakomak on the delivery of recycling bins and organized a sorting and recycling activity. Moreover, the students submitted a request and organized a meeting with the municipality for issuing student booklets for student discounts.
The agricultural and veterinary school “Kuzman Shapkarev” from Bitola carried out an activity for building an interactive park within the school, by converting some of the old agricultural mechanization. The park, which was built by arranging the previously unused part of the school yard, will welcome the residents of the municipality with their pets, thereby providing the students who study to be veterinary technicians with the opportunity to conduct part of their practical classes through direct communication with the owners of the pets and give expert advice and recommendations. A workshop against animal violence was also conducted as part of the park promotion.
In order to improve the conditions in their school, the students from the secondary school “Kole Nedelkovski” from Veles implemented several initiatives during the first semester. They organized an action for planting trees in the school yard, built a gazebo and initiated playing music through the loudspeaker during breaks and between classes. Developing their creativity, they presented their achievements in a video.
This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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