Monday, January 17, 2022

Integrating children through sports and fun

1Football, rope games, relay games and lots of friendship and fun marked the three final events for joint sports and fun activities, which were organized in October as part of the Interethnic Integration in Education Project.

These events, held in Saraj, Veles and Resen, were attended by approximately 550 students from the following schools: “Kiril & Metodij” – Veles; “Vasil Glavinov” – Veles; “Panajot Ginovski” – Butel; “Krste Petkov Misirkov” – Radovis; “Mite Bogoevski” – Resen; “Dimitar Vlahov” – Ljubojno village; “Krste Petkov Misirkov” – Bistrica village, “Brakja Miladinovci” – Struga; “26-ti Juli” – Suto Orizari; “Diturija” – Saraj; “Mustafa Kemal Ataturk” – Gostivar; and “Lirija” from Tetovo.

At the beginning of each event, the students were given t-shirts and then they were assigned to several teams at various sports stations where different joint sports and fun activities were played under the guidance of the teachers from all schools. The teachers welcomed the students with a smile and willingness to spend time together, starting the activities with a game for getting to know each other within the group.

Once the students were introduced to one another, a different game was played at each station, such as football, rope games, relay games, etc. Despite the fact that each group was comprised of students from different schools, team spirit abounded within each group and great interest and enthusiasm were shown while playing the games. After the completion of each individual game all groups rotated to the next station and immediately started a new activity.

When the students completed the activities, they headed to the refreshments and snacks station while dancing the penguin dance.

Each of the three events was a story of its own, but the children’s spirit, their laughter and joy that marked the entire event are beyond words of description.

It goes without saying that the outcome of these activities is new friendships, joint games and a huge number of smiling and happy children’s faces, while the main “culprit” for the integration between the students from different ethnicities was the fun they had.