USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project


Project info
Duration: April 2017 April 2022
Implementer: Macedonian Civic Education Center (MCEC)
Partners: Ministry of Education and Science (MoES), key educational institutions, all municipalities and schools in North Macedonia
Objective: To improve interethnic integration through enabling positive interactions among ethnically diverse youth at school and community level, and improving civic education contents, skills and behaviors, and volunteering practices of youth
Target Group: All primary and secondary schools and municipalities

Component 1: Strengthening Interethnic Cohesion in the Education System
Through continuous cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science, key educational institutions and municipalities, the project fosters opportunities for interaction among schools from different communities and create better ethnic cohesion among youth.
Component 2: Strengthen Democratic Culture and Civic Behaviors Among Youth
In partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science, the project supports changes to the civic education contents and introduces methods to promote active involvement of students in school and community decision-making processes.
Component 3: Schools Incentives/ Renovations
As an incentive for schools to participate in project activities for improving interethnic cohesion and developing democratic and civic values and behaviors among youth, the project renovates schools and improves learning conditions.

This web page is prepared with the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Information published on this web page do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Agency for International Development or the United States Government.
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Success Stories

Teachers conducting joint classes with students studying in different languages of instruction received awards and recognitions

A youth action in Gevgelija for beautifying the City Park

Enhanced capacities of the mentors for student initiatives at vocational secondary schools

Students – members of the Idea Fusion Center at an online meeting with the actor Driton Vejseli

Young people from Dolneni organised an action for embellishment of the schoolyard on the occasion of Youth Day

The students implemented interesting youth actions in Sveti Nikole, Probishtip and Vrapchiste

What do the secondary schools students think about the joint classes?

Development of a democratic climate in schools through student initiatives

It’s time for Civic Education! Reflections on teaching Civic Education in secondary vocational schools

Humanitarian action of the students from PS “Kiril i Metodij” from the village of Stajkovci

Students from the Idea Fusion Center developed their communication and public speaking skills

Interview with George Nikolov: The process of developing a Strategy for interethnic integration in education and youth engagement in each municipality is a positive story

Online youth activism workshop with the students from the Idea Fusion Center

From youth engagement and volunteerism to positive societal changes

Students participated in an online panel discussion “Are we living on this planet as if we had another one to go to?”

New and creative distance learning extracurricular activities

What students from the Idea Fusion Center think about distance learning

How student initiatives are implemented through digital tools at a distance

Students from the Idea Fusion Center learned how to think creatively

Interview with Simona Petkovska Ilievska – Innovation lies in all of us, we should just pull it out on the surface

Schools actively implement student initiatives at a distance

Teachers that implement joint curricular classes strengthened their capacities

Creative and interactive implementation of distance learning: Webinars for teachers

The activities within the Idea Fusion Center commence

The young people from Struga enhanced the public space

Open Days for Civic Education were held

Meetings with the secondary schools from Skopje for implementation of joint classes

Open Day for Civic Education in the PS “Kiril i Metodij” with a visit of the Minister of Education and Science

Civic Education teachers were introduced to the new curricula

Interview with Nazihtere Sulejmani on the grants for organizing activities that contribute to the development and promotion of multiculturalism, interethnic integration and tolerance

Teachers from secondary schools in the City of Skopje participated in training for conducting joint classes through distance education

Acknowledgments and rewards for teachers that conduct joint curricular classes with students that study in different languages of instruction

Recipe for a democratic classroom – sharing good practices from the Civic Education teaching process

Civic Education teachers participated in online training for modular units

Interview with Shkodran Ebibi: The students’ wish to learn and hang out together is my main motivation

How schools should be cleaned and disinfected

Young people designed youth actions for improving their community

Fostering a democratic climate in schools through online workshops

How digital tools were used in the Civic Education distance learning curriculum

Secondary school students from “Boro Petrushevski”, “Dimitar Vlahov” and “Zdravko Cvetkovski” from the City of Skopje participated in joint classes through distance learning

Secondary school students from “Arseni Jovkov” continue to participate in joint curricular classes online

The School Performance Quality Indicators improved

Visit to the renovated PS „Nikola Vapcarov” in the Municipality of Cair

The primary school “Kole Nedelkovski” in Centar was renovated

Visit to the renovated PS „Avram Pisevski” in the Village of Bardovci, Karpos

Interview with Alvin Salimovski: I want the school „Brakja Ramiz-Hamid“ to be a 21st century school

11 success stories that marked 2019

ASUC “Boro Petrusevski” got bicycle parking lots and newly landscaped schoolyard

Students landscape the spice garden in SUGS “Brakja Miladinovci”

Through joint classes to better interethnic integration of young people in the City of Skopje

Secondary school students created a youth center in the schoolyard of SGGUGS Zdravko Cvetkovski

Young people from Butel embellished the yard of the kindergarten “11 Oktomvri”

A major youth action at “Arseni Jovkov” in Skopje

The Civic Education Open Days started

The USAID North Macedonia Country Representative Erik Janowsky visited two schools

Secondary school students from Resen in a humanitarian action on the occasion of World Food Day

Secondary school students prepare youth actions in their schools

Secondary school students prepared a brochure with healthy food recipes

Еthnically diverse youth together at the new pump track in Skopje

The International Day of Peace marked with a youth action in Strumica

The young people from Stip with a humanitarian action

Interview with Branko Aleksovski, advisor at the VETC: It is very important to see multiethnicity as an asset

Teachers trained for the new Civic Education curriculum

Youth action in the City Park in Skopje

Youth action: The schoolyard of the SS “Jane Sandanski” with a new look

Young people from Kumanovo volunteered to clean a park

Students from Strumica will arrange the schoolyard of “Jane Sandanski” secondary school

Students from Cvetan Dimov secondary school with a humanitarian action

Young people from Gostivar with a volunteer action for arranging the quay

Interview with Dragan Jankov and Bedri Gjureci – school directors in Strumica and Saraj

Sandra and Besar – Different ethnic communities, common interests and goals

Students from Gostivar got acquainted with each other and located local problems

Activities for interethnic integration in schools continue

Interview with Zoran Uzunov: Students should learn both about each other and from each other

Through trainings for technical staff to healthy learning environment

The business sector and municipalities will support youth initiatives

The new Civic Education concept promoted

First place for the students from SS “Arseni Jovkov”

Young people from Butel meet the Mayor of the City of Skopje

Interview with Daniela Adamova: Democracy is learned through practicing democracy, not only through books and lectures

Joint school clubs for a better interethnic integration

Interview with Oliver Stanojoski: Students equipped with knowledge as well as civic skills

The teacher training cycle for Civic Education has begun

Training for creative workshops for teachers organized

Interview with Nigjar Nagavci: Young people from all ethnic groups have the same problems, desires, interests and goals

Working meeting with schools held

Roundtable on the role of schools in promoting interethnic integration

A youth camp in Ohrid

Joyous atmosphere at the public presentation of joint student activities

Interview with Verce Petrova: While in school, the students grow, develop and learn about coexistence

The primary school students from Butel celebrated the International Peace Day

Roundtable discussion about the role of the media in the promotion of interethnic integration and civic and democratic values among youth

Working meeting of the Working Group for Interethnic Integration in Education

A series of final events from the creative workshops organized

Students from Bitola: We all breathe the same air, and that is why we should care

Through sport and fun to youth integration

The primary school students in Butel adorned their school wall

Youth from Butel shared their ideas for improving the community with the Mayor

The primary school “Marsal Tito” from Strumica conducted a campaign for a better safety of pedestrians…

Students from the Nikola Vapcarov primary school in Strumica in a joint class

Students, Teachers, Parents and Experts Discussed the Air Pollution

We are learning about the solar system

Students made the yard of the Tetovo school “Andrea Savevski Kikis” more beautiful

Primary school students from Bitola organized an educational debate on the topic “Water for all”

The voice of the youth from Gostivar: Together we act for a better life for all

We locate the problem, we seek a solution

Youth debate in Strumica

The primary school students from the village of Bistrica “chose democracy”

The Integrated Youth Act Locally: The Cycle of Youth Debates Has Started

Forum theatre as a tool for better solutions to students’ problems

First place for the students of the primary school “Marsal Tito” from the village of Murtino

Teachers learned how to use creativity to improve interethnic integration

The promotion of civic education curriculum continues

Initial meeting with representatives of pilot schools and municipalities

The New USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project has been launched

Teachers and parents join forces to inspire youth

Planning of future activities with the Working Group for Integrated Education

Messages for peace and unity at the #YEIforPeaceDay


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