125 high school students from Kicevo, Gostivar, Tetovo, Kumanovo and Skopje, who are part of the Access – Microscholarship Program for increasing the access to English language, supported by the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, participated actively in interactive, productive and fun extra-curricular activities. In addition to the regular classes of the Access Program that are held twice a week, workshops and visits to cultural and educational institutions for life and personal development skills are also included.
In February, 2020, the students had a chance to learn about Martin Luther King Day by participating in an interactive workshop led by a teacher from the USA, Patricia Davidson, English Language Fellow in the U.S. Embassy in Skopje. They listened to the famous “I have a dream” speech, discussed the topic and prepared and presented posters related to the life and work of Martin Luther King. Inspired by the speech, they too presented their dreams about the future after finishing high school.
During the visits to the American Corners in Skopje and Tetovo, they watched the two-time Oscar nominee Macedonian film “Honeyland”, and they discussed Oscar related topics. Also, they participated in a fun and educational quiz related to the Oscars. They spent time together, exchanged opinions about the movies, thus strengthening their public and argumentative speaking in English.
In order to enrich their knowledge in the American culture and democratic values, the young people participated in a workshop on the occasion of the President’s Day which is celebrated in the USA. Under the leadership of Gabriel Kühl, a Peace Corps volunteer, they collected and creatively presented data on the first U.S. president, George Washington.
Similar activities related to the American way of living, the educational system, the political and cultural life, as well as the traditions and values of the USA will continue to be implemented in the following months as well. In an interesting and informal way which is different from the regular classes, the high school students will have the opportunity to enhance their English language skills, to develop their academic skills and to contribute to the socio-economic success of their families.
This activity is part of the English Access Microscholarship Program, supported by the United States Embassy in North Macedonia.