The primary school students from the village of Bistrica “chose democracy”

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At the end of February 2018, the first workshop from the cycle of workshops called “We Choose Democracy” was held in the “Krste Petkov Misirkov” primary school in the village of Bistrica, with the support from the Small Grants Program within the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project.

The workshop was attended by 20 students from Macedonian and Albanian language of instruction, who, under the mentorship of their teachers, were introduced to the basic values of democracy. Through an analysis of the children’s story “The School at the Edge of the Woods” and the specific questions arising from it, the students discussed about their personal opinions and proposed solutions to similar situation from their everyday life.

In the upcoming period, 12 additional workshops (integrated lessons and extracurricular activities) will be organized, where students will learn more about democracy through practicing democratic processes at the school level.

In addition to the fact that these workshops enable young people to appreciate the importance of their active participation in the decision-making processes on issues that affect them, they, at the same time, also contribute to an enhanced interethnic cohesion among them.

This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, funded by the American people through 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 USAID or the United States Government.