On August 12, 2022, the students from PS “Faik Konica” in the village of Dobroshte, Municipality of Tearce, celebrated the International Youth Day with several activities, supported by the Municipality of Tearce and the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project, implemented by the Macedonian Civic Education Center (MCEC) in cooperation with the Youth Educational Forum (YEF). Some of them made paintings that will be exhibited in the school, others participated in sports activities, while the rest planted trees in the yard. This way, the students contributed to the protection of the environment and raised the awareness of the need for more physical activity and developing creativity.
As part of the activities, a promotional event was held for the ceremonial opening of the renovated sports hall. With financial support from the United States European Command (EUCOM), the sports hall was renovated and adapted, giving the whole community a new space for organizing extracurricular activities, events and celebrations. On that occasion, the students prepared a music and entertainment program and performed in front of those present in the hall.
Among those present were the USAID Country Representative for the Republic of North Macedonia, Jeri Dible and LTC Sean Rufolo, Chief of ODC (Office of Defense Cooperation) at the US Embassy to North Macedonia, who together with the Mayor of the Municipality of Tearce, Nuhi Neziri, the principal of the school, Gjulser Rexhepi and representatives from the municipality and the school joined the activities of the students from different ethnic backgrounds and discussed with them the importance of encouraging youth activism and the active role of the young people in improving the environment.
“I am very happy to see that you have the opportunity to study in a more beautiful school and strengthen your capacities to develop and implement creative ideas for positive change. I would like to congratulate all of you for your contribution to strengthening the role of the young people and encouraging student initiatives to improve the situation in the community”, said the USAID Country Representative for the Republic of North Macedonia, Jeri Dible.
This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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