On 19 February 2020, a promotional event was held on the occasion of the renovation of PS “Nikola Vapcarov” from the Municipality of Cair, as part of the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project. With the financial support from the US European Command (EUCOM), new doors were installed in all classrooms and the hallway walls were renovated, while the municipality and the school, jointly with the private sector, participated in the renovation of additional school space.
The Minister of Education and Science, Arber Ademi, the Mayor of the Municipality of Cair, Visar Ganiu, the school principal Merita Kodzadziku and Major Patrick Enriquez, representative of the U.S. Department of Defense addressed the attendees and emphasized the importance of the mutual cooperation for the promotion of the quality of the educational process.
The Minister of Education and Science, Arber Ademi pointed out that the investments in quality education are the most important investments. “We can only achieve quality education when all children go to school and acquire knowledge. Inclusion and interethnic integration, fostering harmonious relationships based on respect for diversity are actually part of the priorities of the Ministry of Education and are also included among the basic principles in the new Law on Primary Education,” he said.
The Mayor of the Municipality of Cair, Visar Ganiu, expressed the commitment of the municipality to provide adequate conditions for stay and education of the students.
“This was not a unilateral project, nearly half of the assistance was provided by the school and Municipality budgets. Congratulations to all of you,” added Major Patrick Enriquez, a representative of the U.S. Department of Defense.
The private sector also participated in the renovation by fully renovating the teacher’s office. With this, the school, the municipality and the private sector contributed with more than 50% in the renovation costs. With the renovation, about 800 students and teachers will have better conditions for learning and work. The replaced doors increase the security and the sound insulation in the classrooms while the renovated walls in the hallways contribute to a better hygiene and better appearance of the school.
This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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