In June 2019, over 350 primary school teachers were trained for the new Civic Education curriculum for ninth grade. The new curriculum will begin to be implemented from September 2019 and it is a part of the primary education reforms that offer a new Civic Education concept.
During the one-day trainings, the teachers analyzed case studies, participated in role playing, debated, created mind maps and discussed about various reflective questions. Teachers learned how to use innovative teaching methods and techniques for developing the content of the curriculum and received project draft lesson scenarios for the realization of some of the content, in support of the process of planning and realization of the teaching process.
The new concept also implies active participation of students in specific student initiatives for a positive change in the community. That is why the participants in the trainings were guided through the process of encouragement and support of student initiatives, through which the democratic culture of young people will develop.
The teachers assessed the trainings as thorough, effective and inspiring for their teaching practice. The trainings were organized by the Ministry of Education and Science and the Bureau for Development of Education in partnership with the Macedonian Civic Education Center, with the support of the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project and the Strengthening Multiethnic Cooperation in Municipalities Project of the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation.