The primary schools, despite the new way of working at a distance, this school year, too, organize open days for civic education where student initiatives are presented. The activities are implemented remotely or through a hybrid model that combines digital activities at a distance and activities with a physical presence. In that way, the civic competencies of the students are strengthened. In the period November – December 2020, several open days for civic education were held.
In the primary school “Goce Delcev” in Bitola, the celebration of the open day for civic education was dedicated to the International Day of Children’s’ Rights. Students from different grades participated in many interesting activities with both physical presence and at a distance. They held an online session of the Student Parliament and a quiz on topic of “Children’s Rights”. An online exhibition on the topic “I have the right to express my opinion” was organized, where they presented their works of art. They also attended an online high school lecture against peer violence and a formal session of the Student Parliament of the Josip Broz Tito High School. By adhering to all protection protocols, the students participated in sports activities together.
The open day for civic education in the primary school “Lazo Trpovski” in Skopje was also held on November 20, thus marking the World Children’s Day. On that occasion, a video on children’s rights made by seventh and ninth grade students was presented. Through the created video, the students strive to raise public awareness about the obligations that the society has towards children, as well as about the importance of making timely changes in order to improve the well-being of all children.
In the primary school “Rajko Zinzifov” in Skopje, within the open day, an online discussion was organized on the topic of cyber-bullying. The discussion was moderated by the school ombudsman, and ninth grade students shared their views and experiences related to cyber-bullying as a frequent occurrence nowadays. A representative from the civil sector was also invited to the event who gave a short lecture on cyber-bullying, as well as on the ways to protect against potential cyber-bullying and the possible steps for dealing with this phenomenon. At the end of the event, an informative brochure on cyber-bullying was promoted, intended for the primary school students.
During the school year 2020/2021, the primary schools will continue to implement student initiatives and to present them at open days for civic education, in order to encourage the development of active and responsible citizens and to foster a democratic climate in the schools.
This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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