“Civics in Practice: From Classroom to Action” – a conference for developing Civic Education and democratic culture among youth

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On August 23, more than 400 students from primary and secondary schools across the country, Civic Education teachers and representatives from institutions and organizations united at the conference “Civics in Practice: From Classroom to Action”, supported by the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project, in cooperation with the Youth Educational Forum.

During the event, Zekirya Hasipi, Acting Director of the Bureau for Development of Education, Sherif Miftari, Director of the Center for Vocational Education and Training, Nebojsha Mojsoski, Chief of Party of USAID’s Youth Ethnic Integration Project, and Dawn Carmin, USAID’s General Development Office Director in North Macedonia delivered their remarks, emphasizing the importance of encouraging student initiatives and hearing youth’s voice towards positive changes in the community.

On the panel discussion, the achievements within the Component for strengthening democratic culture and civic behaviors among young people were presented and the challenges and future directions for the development of Civic Education were discussed.

At the same time, the students had the opportunity to participate in a “human library” and get to know the work of institutions and civil society organizations – Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia, Ombudsman, Erasmus (National Mobility Agency), UNICEF Office in North Macedonia, Commission for Prevention and Protection Against Discrimination, State Electoral Commission, State Commission or Prevention of Corruption, Red Cross, Scouts Association, and Youth Educational Forum.

Through creative booths and inspiring presentations prepared by some of the students and their teachers, the attendees discovered success stories and good examples from the school life of teachers and students, those who closely advance, experience and practice the democratic climate in their schools.

Throughout the years, all primary schools and secondary vocational schools from the country were included in the Project, each with its own significant contribution to encouraging the democratic climate and student participation in their communities.

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.