In the past, extracurricular activities with students learning in different teaching languages of instructionwere regularly carried out within the project “Strengthening multi-ethnic cooperation in municipalities”, supported by the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation. Through these activities, students improved their skills, learned new things and got to know each other better.
Extracurricular activities in Biology and Chemistry were conducted in PS “Kiril i Metodij” from Tetovo. The main goal was for the students to learn about grafting fruit plants, to learn a new, useful life skill, but also to contribute to the beautification of the school yard.
The students who are part of the school club “Young researchers” from PS “Liria” from Tetovo strengthened the multi-ethnic cooperation through research activities. They investigated the structure of the atom in elements of the periodic table and crafted a model of the atom. The activity “Explore my body” was carried out with primary school students. They got to know the parts of the body through a puzzle, a game and filling in a worksheet. The students from subject teaching, on the other hand, researched animal and plant cells, through observation with the help of a microscope. Furthermore, they had the opportunity to do experiments with volcano and ivory paste.
In PS “Brakja Miladinovci” from Struga, through the school club “With reading to leadership”, young people were motivated to acquire reading habits. Students created a poster with motivational quotes, researched a person who is an inspiration to them, and found messages that had an impact on their confidence and motivation. They then wrote them down in their native language. They also made creative bookmarks inspired by the messages and quotes.
Within the traffic school club in PS “Toli Zordumis” from Kumanovo, the activities were aimed at introducing students to the meaning of traffic signs, developing habits for responsible and safe participation in traffic and practicing independent and safe orientation in the environment. The students had the opportunity to get to know the basic traffic signs through games, photos and presentations.
Moreover, ecological school clubs worked in some of the schools. The young ecologists from PS “Kiril i Metodij” from the village of Romanovce, Kumanovo implemented numerous activities. The students beautified the school yard together. They were joined by other students who weren’t officially part of the school club but wanted to make their own contribution. The students visited the sewage treatment plant in the village of Dobrošane, where they explored the process of obtaining organic fertilizer. The nursery for evergreen plants and shrubs is also located near the plant and the students had the opportunity to visit it and learn more about which plants to place in the school yard. They planted evergreen seedlings that they will take care of in the future.
The main goal of the ecological school club in PS “Goce Delcev” from Bitola was to raise the awareness of the students about the preservation of the environment and taking care of health. The students made an eco picture book with suggestions for preserving the environment and researched the amount of energy in food. They also learned about the importance of recycling old paper and tried to recycle and reuse old paper. They also learned about plastic recycling and made interesting objects from old plastic.
In PS “Pere Tosev” from Dolneni, the students learned about the possible products from waste as a resource. They created an ecological calendar, researched endangered species of animals and plants and proposed measures for their protection. Finally, they made wallpapers on which they represented the endangered species of plants and animals in the region.
Similar activities were carried out by students from the ecological-research section in PS “Edinstvo” from the village of Oktisi, Struga, who researched the specific plants in the Struga region. Then they collected certain types of plants from their environment and made different products from the collected material.
Aside from deepening the knowledge and skills of students within the school clubs, supported by the project, students from different ethnic backgrounds communicate better with each other, gain new friendships and socialize, collaborating together on topics that are of interest to them.
This activity is part of the Strengthening Multi-ethnic Cooperation in Municipalities Project, supported by the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation (PCF).