On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, in September, 2019, more than 150 students from the secondary schools “Nikola Karev” and “Jane Sandanski” in Strumica organised a youth action in the school yard of the secondary school “Nikola Karev”.
During the several-hour event, the students from different ethnic communities worked on several creative initiatives. Part of them landscaped the school yard, painted the metal and concrete constructions in the yard and also refurbished the garbage bins.
Inspired by the International Day of Peace, part of the students wrote peace messages on the school wall.
During the event, the young people also organised humanitarian action for the children’s ward in the PHI “General Hospital”, Strumica where they donated bed linen made by them.
The youth action is a continuation of the long-term process in which the secondary students from the Municipality of Strumica participated as part of the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project. Young people from both schools jointly identified the problems they face in the city as young individuals. One of the challenges they wanted to help resolve was the poor condition of the school yards.
Towards the end of the previous year, the young people organised a volunteer action for landscaping the schoolyard of the secondary school “Jane Sandanski” and they were looking forward to the beginning of the new school year in order to organise a similar action in the “Nikola Karev” school.
The action was supported by the Municipality of Strumica and the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project, in cooperation with the Youth Education Forum.
This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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