On 19 November 2018, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Bureau for Development of Education and the Macedonian Civic Education Center started holding trainings for Civic Education teachers, with the support of the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project and the Strengthening Multiethnic Cooperation in Municipalities Project of the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation. In the upcoming period, all teachers who teach Civic Education in all primary schools in Macedonia will be covered by a cycle of four three-day trainings.
The trainings are part of the reforms in primary education that offer a new concept for civic education and aim to improve the skills of the teachers for the implementation of the new Civic Education curriculum for eighth grade. Through the trainings, the teachers will also be familiarized with a new approach to teaching and learning civic education that implies active involvement of the students and implementation of student initiatives within the subject.
The new concept for civic education opens up opportunities for the students to apply civic education in practice and thereby improve their learning outcomes. In addition, the concept enables the use of teaching methods in the teaching process, which initiate discussions and active participation of the students in the learning process.
A Brochure for Civic Education in eighth grade was also developed for the new Civic Education curriculum, which is being applied in the 2018/2019 school year. The Brochure covers contents from the curriculum intended for all eighth grade students, as follows:
– Theme 1: Seeing Yourself as a Citizen
– Theme 2: Cooperation and Connection in the Civil Society
– Theme 3: The Citizen and the Society
– Theme 4: Religion, Art and Media in the Civil Society
– Theme 5: The Citizen and the State
– Theme 6: The Citizen and the World
The development of the Brochure was preceded by a long-term work process of the expert team for enhancing the civic education curriculum in several key areas:
– Review of international documents and recommendations on civic education, the state structure and the ongoing processes for reforming the curricula and teaching programs in the Republic of Macedonia;
– Identification of the key civic competences that students should possess after completing a certain degree of education;
– Analysis of the curricula and teaching plans with regard to the civic education;
– Review of the situation and the commitments for student organization and participation.
In the coming period, the educational institutions, in cooperation with the Macedonian Civic Education Center, will also work on improving the Civic Education for ninth grade, as well as for secondary education.