Civic Education in Action: through a Civic Education competition the students got support for turning their ideas for making positive changes into reality

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Over the past period, students from the ninth grade participated in a competition for student initiatives titled Civic Education in Action: from an Idea to a Positive Change, within the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project, in cooperation with the Youth Educational Forum. Six teams were selected from the 44 teams from primary schools from all over the country which applied for the competition. Those teams were from the primary schools “Perparimi” from Cegrane, Gostivar, “Blaze Koneski” from Prilep, “Goce Delcev” from Negotino, “7 Marsi” from Brvenica and “Koco Racin” and “Dimitar Makedonski” from Skopje.

The highly motivated students competed in two rounds. During the first round, they played in a knowledge quiz and answered questions in the area of civic education, implementation of student initiatives and youth participation. The three teams with the highest score proceeded to the second round.

By holding presentations of ideas for student initiatives in front of the commission comprised of experts in the area, the students from the primary schools “Blaze Koneski”, “Perparimi” and “Goce Delchev” expressed their creativity and secured support for the implementation of the initiatives aimed at the improvement of the condition of their schools. Concurrently, they enhanced their knowledge in several spheres related to civic education, as well as their skills for expressing themselves and presenting their ideas for positive changes by using substantiated arguments.

In the forthcoming period, the students will be working on initiatives for starting a school blog for intensifying the voice of the students, establishing an “idea lab” where decisions would be made about activities which are of interest for the students and arranging the schoolyard as a place for curricular and extracurricular outdoor activities.

We are looking forward to seeing all the activities that the students will implement.

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

This article is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of MCEC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) or the United States Government.