48 teachers from six secondary schools in the City of Skopje got acknowledged and rewarded by the Mayor of the City of Skopje, Petre Silegov. During the previous school year, they regularly conducted joint classes with students that study in different languages of instruction and actively participated in the advancement of ethnic integration in education.
In the secondary schools from Skopje “Arseni Jovkov”, “Zdravko Cvetkovski”, “Brakja Miladinovci”, “Boro Petrusevski”, “Dimitar Vlahov” and “Josip Broz – Tito” in the previous year, a total of 1,398 joint classes were implemented. 1,143 of them were conducted with physical presence whereas 255 were conducted at a distance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students from 46 classes in Macedonian, Albanian and Turkish language of instruction were a part of the joint classes.
This school year, a seventh secondary school joins the others. Joint classes at a distance will be conducted in SS “Vlado Tasevski”, as well, where the students, who follow the teaching process in different languages of instruction, study in two buildings and haven’t communicated with each other. Distance education, though, gave them more opportunities for interaction and meeting one another.
Through these classes, which are supported by USAID’s Youth Ethnic Integration Project and OSCE Mission to Skopje, the students will continue to build their civic and democratic values and to collaborate among themselves, bridging the differences.
This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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