“Families and Children in Education (FACE)” Program – from training to implementation

During the month of April 2021, online dissemination of trainings was implemented for the program “Families and Children in Education (FACE)”, intended for teachers from 15 project schools. The trainings include more than 140 teachers, who will then implement the program in their classes.

FACE aims to support the development of the life skills and competencies of children aged 6 to 12 years. This program is especially important for the children from vulnerable categories, because it strengthens the self-confidence of the students and helps them recognize the value of school and education in life. FACE’s approach involves active participation of the students through games and tasks that are integrated into the curriculum, and it also actively involves the parents.

“We gained knowledge on how to improve the quality of teaching, how children can improve their personal qualities and feelings about themselves, as well as how to solve the problems in the families and the environment together with them. This training is important and relevant for the children, especially in today’s pandemic situation, when the mental health and well-being of the students in conditions of constant stress become even more important than achieving the teaching goals,” said the teachers.

Some of the teachers, after the training, have already applied the FACE approach in the teaching process. Thus, in one of the project schools, the primary school “Brakja Ramiz i Hamid” from Suto Orizari in Skopje, an activity was implemented as part of the subject – natural science on the topic of plants. By doing so, the students’ skills are recognized and highlighted and the parents are involved. It is planned for the activities to continue within the project “School Garden”.

The FACE program is implemented within the project “PEACOCK – Peace through cooperation, competences and knowledge”, which is supported by the University of Teacher Education from Zürich, Switzerland, and implemented by the MCEC in partnership with the Bureau for Development of Education.