The joint classes with students studying in different languages of instruction, which are supported by the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project and the OSCE Mission to Skopje, contribute to the improvement of the interethnic interaction between young people and the development of civic and democratic values. Such classes will continue to be organized in the new school year as well, but now in eight secondary schools in Skopje: “Arseni Jovkov”, “Zdravko Cvetkovski”, “Brakja Miladinovci”, “Boro Petrusevski”, “Dimitar Vlahov”, “Josip Broz – Tito” and “Vlado Tasevski” that participated until now will be joined by the high school “Pance Karagjozov”.
In order to give recognition to the teachers who conducted these classes in the past school year, at the beginning of September, the City of Skopje presented awards to 45 high school teachers. They actively participated in the promotion of the interethnic integration in the schools during the school year 2020/2021 and held about 740 joint classes with more than 635 students studying in Macedonian, Albanian and Turkish language of instruction.
In compliance with the protection protocols, the Mayor of the City of Skopje, Petre Shilegov, presented the recognitions and awards and said, “Through the realization of joint classes with students studying in different languages of instruction, the teachers succeed, in the most sensitive period of personal development, to send the message that diversity is the greatest treasure of the Macedonian society. Such projects will contribute most directly to our children’s learning that with mutual respect we can and must build a prosperous society that is the basis for a better and higher quality life for all.”
This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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