Working meeting of the Working Group for Interethnic Integration in Education

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The Ministry of Education and Science (MoES), the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project (YEI) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) continue with the partner cooperation for promotion of the interethnic integration in education.

At the end of June, 2018, a three day working meeting was held in Struga which was attended by representatives of the MoES Working Group for Interethnic Integration in Education (IIE), the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project and OSCE. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the activities for interethnic integration in education that were implemented in the past period and share the good practices and positive results arising therefrom.

The meeting started with the presentation of the findings and recommendations that resulted from the meeting with representatives of the School Integration Teams (SIT) from all schools, organized within the YEI in the period as of March until May 2018. In order to take into consideration the previous experiences for the purpose of planning the upcoming activities, the experiences from the MoES, YEI and OSCE’s programs aimed at supporting the joint student activities in the schools were exchanged.

Furthermore, potential tools and mechanisms for collecting specific information on the YEI status in the schools were also discussed. At the end, the dynamics of the planned activities for enhancement and promotion of the process of interethnic integration in education was also defined.

The activities will be supported through mutual coordination of the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project and OSCE, who are partners as supporters to the Ministry of Education and Science in the process of promoting the interethnic integration within the education system.

The Working Group of MES for IIE was established in 2014 and it is comprised of representatives of the key educational institutions – Ministry of Education and Science, Bureau for Development of Education, Vocational Education and Training Centre, State Education Inspectorate and State Examination Centre. The Working Group is a leading body for implementation of the IIE activities and its key role is to follow the implementation of policies, activities and practices and submit initiatives and proposals to the Minister of Education and Science for supporting the process of interethnic integration in the schools in Macedonia.

This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, funded by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).