Even through distance learning, schools actively work on activities for encouraging democratic climate and implement student initiatives. In the past period, they conducted different activities as a result of the students’ ideas for positive changes in their schools and the wider community.
The students from PS “Dane Krapcev” from Gazi Baba showed their humanity during the pandemic. They organized a humanitarian action and decided to use the gathered funds to get protective masks for the first-grade students in the school as well as the older citizens in the municipality. Their messages for humanity and the reactions of the first-graders and their fellow citizens are shown in the following video.
In the school “Naim Fraseri” from v. Negotin, the students chose to work on the topics: children’s rights and prejudice. They shared their opinions with their fellow students and representatives from the wider community through an online presentation.
The students from PS “Vlado Tasevski” from Karpos identified the abuse of alcohol, medicines and illicit substances by their peers as a problem and decided to prepare a campaign for raising awareness among young people for the effects of these vices. Firstly, they examined the opinions and the attitudes of their fellow students and then participated in two online workshops for prevention and treatment of addiction and for graphical design. This helped them create original informational materials and share them through specially-created groups on social media (Facebook, Instagram). With this project, they decided to participate in the contest organized by Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe aimed at youth activism on the topic of addiction. Young people from 28 different European countries participate in it, as well.
The physical absence from school didn’t stop the students from PS “Vanco Nikoleski” from Leskoec, Ohrid to initiate landscaping and beautifying of the school yard. The discussions and the planning were held online, but the action happened with physical presence with smaller groups of students and in accordance with all protection protocols. They don’t stop with their initiatives and in the second semester, too, they will work on raising the ecological awareness among their fellow students.
This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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