At the end of October 2018, as part of the “Strengthening Multiethnic Cooperation in Municipalities” Project, training for teachers who teach the subject Society was held. The training organized in cooperation with the Bureau for Development of Education was attended by 35 teachers from nine schools – “Lirija” from the village of Zitose – Dolneni, “Edinstvo-Oktisi” – Struga, “Brakja Ribar” – Kumanovo, “Krste Petkov Misirkov” – Bitola, “Lirija” – Tetovo, “Nikola Vapcarov” – Strumica, “Panajot Ginovski” – Butel, “Orce Nikolov” – Radovis, and “Mustafa Kemal Ataturk” – Gostivar.
The two-day training started with the introduction of the teachers and their sharing of experience in terms of the past work with students from different ethnic communities. Then, the teachers had the opportunity to hear several theoretical lectures on multicultural workshops through which they developed their skills for promotion of the interethnic cooperation among students. During the workshops, the teachers participated in open discussions on intercultural communication and active listening, as well as on overcoming prejudices.
During the second day of the training, the teachers, together with the lecturers, participated in various exercises, games and activities that enabled them to practically apply what has been learned. On the basis of the theoretical lectures, the teachers prepared lesson plans. In order to enable the exchange of ideas among the teachers and for them to learn from each other, in the end, they presented their lesson plans for the Society classes in front of their colleagues.
In the forthcoming period, the trained teachers will apply intercultural competencies in the regular classes and they will also implement curriculum and extracurricular activities with students who study in different languages of instruction. By participating in such activities, the students from different ethnic communities will have the opportunity to get to know each other better and to build mutual friendships.
This activity is part of the Strengthening Multiethnic Cooperation in Municipalities Project, funded by the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation. The main goal of the project is to increase interethnic integration in the society, promoting multiculturalism and actively involving the students of different ethnic backgrounds in various activities.