This school year, students from different ethnic communities, members of the ecological club in the “Pero Toshev” primary school in the village of Desovo, Dolneni, collected used plastic packagings and brought them to the school. The collected packaging waste was stored in the school recycling bins, which, at the request of the students, were donated by the company Pakomak. After a few months, Pakomak again helped the young environmental health advocates and transported the collected waste from the school to a place for processing and recycling.
As a result of such an initiative of the ecologists, the school received financial support from Pakomak. With these funds, the students visited a company in Prilep, where they were introduced to the process of plastic recycling, crushing and preparing for reprocessing the material into useful products. In addition to broadening their knowledge, the young people visited the Skopje Zoo, where they had an opportunity to further strengthen their friendship.
These activities enable students from different ethnic communities to cooperate and actively engage in initiatives for improving their community. The teachers who lead the joint school clubs agree that students have a positive experience. “The activities are very interesting for the students, especially the joint clubs where students have the opportunity to spend more time together and act in their immediate surroundings,” said the teacher Maria Avramoska.
The eco club in the school is supported by the Strengthening Multiethnic Cooperation in Municipalities Project funded by the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation. The main purpose of the club is for students to develop ecological awareness, gain team and entrepreneurial skills and implement environmental initiatives in the school.
At the beginning of the school year, the students from this club formed ECO patrol groups, made a plan for their work according to which they prepared a calendar of ECO activities and campaigns and organized educational workshops. In order to be good role models for their classmates and contribute to raising environmental awareness throughout the school, they have also developed an environmental education project. ECO standards were also integrated into the annual program of the school, having previously been presented to the teaching council.
This year, through the Strengthening Multiethnic Cooperation in Municipalities Project, joint clubs were supported in 27 primary schools, involving more than 2,700 students. The aim of this project is to improve the interethnic integration in education through an implementation of curricular and extracurricular activities with students from different ethnic communities, thus contributing to the strengthening of the multiethnic collaboration and tolerance in the municipalities.
This activity is part of the Strengthening Multiethnic Cooperation in Municipalities Project, funded by the Pestalozzi Children’s Pestalozzi.