The Guideline for implementation of joint curricular classes promoted

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On December 17, 2021, an event was held to promote the Guideline for Implementation of Joint Curricular Classes, which was developed within the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project and the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation’s Project for Strengthening Multi-ethnic Cooperation in Municipalities in partnership with the OSCE Mission to Skopje, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Bureau for Development of Education, the Vocational Education and Training Center and the City of Skopje.The Guideline contains instructions for conducting these classes with students learning in different languages of instruction as well as the lessons learned from the implementation of the classes thus far.

During the event, students, teachers, professional staff and secondary school principals shared successful examples and personal experiences from their participation in this initiative. The positive impact of the joint classes among the youth was also demonstrated through numbers and testimonies from the conducted research. Namely, eight out of ten secondary school students from the City of Skopje participating in the joint classes stated that they felt joy and/or excitement whenever they thought of these classes and wanted to keep being part of them in the future.

Among those present were the Minister of Education and Science, Mila Carovska, the Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje, Clemens Koja, the Mayor of the City of Skopje, Danela Arsovska, the representative of the USAID Office in North Macedonia, Enid Nunez, as well as a number of educational institution representatives, teachers and students.

“The Ministry of Education and Science is a great supporter of all initiatives that aim to promote interculturalism and integration in education. Joint classes are especially important in creating conditions for regular and continuous positive contact among students learning in different languages of instruction. I believe that the Guideline for implementation of joint curricular classes will prove to be a useful tool and an inspiration for other municipalities with multilingual schools to implement the model of joint classes,” said the Minister of Education and Science.

In her address, the Mayor of the City of Skopje, Danela Arsovska emphasized, “This initiative is a success that is directly related to the local strategy for integrated education and civic inclusion of the City of Skopje. As a torchbearer of the joint classes, the participation of the City of Skopje in the preparation of this Guideline is especially important due to the introduction of practical tips and success stories arising from the implementation of joint classes whose number is increasing in more and more schools every year.”

The Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje, Clemens Koja, thanked all parties involved in the development of the Guideline and added, “The Mission will continue supporting initiatives that contribute towards more frequent and better opportunities for students from different communities to interact, whether it is through development of new policies, curricula or training“.

„Young people are the future and their joint efforts play a big role in building bridges by openly presenting their democratic initiatives and needs on all levels.USAID supports the implementation of joint curricular classes and the Guideline for implementation of joint curricular classes is a useful tool that will provide guidance to other schools and municipalities across the country for the implementation of these classes.It’s my pleasure to be with you here today”, said Enid Nunez, the representative of the USAID Office in North Macedonia.

In the 2021/2022 school year, the joint classes are being realized with more than 700 students and 54 teachers in eight high schools in the City of Skopje –“Arseni Jovkov”, “Zdravko Cvetkovski”, “Brakja Miladinovci”, “Boro Petrusevski”, “Dimitar Vlahov”,“Josip Broz-Tito”, “Vlado Tasevski” and “Pance Karagjozov”. These activities improve interethnic cooperation among students and strengthen their civic and democratic values.

This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, supported 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 the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) or the United States Government.