Monday, October 25, 2021

Macedonian and albanian students learning together about Fejzi Bojku and Gorjan Petrevski

Macedonian students from the municipality of Karposh and Albanian students from a primary school in Chair have joined hands to research and study together in order to overcome prejudices against different ethnic communities as well as to become acquainted with each other and form friendships. The cooperation between the two primary schools Hristijan Todorovski – Karposh and Nikola Vapcarov where most of the students are Macedonian and Albanian, respectively, is an example showing that children will always find a way and that ethnicity is irrelevant when it comes to friendships.

-The project has indicated that language is not a barrier to mutual understanding and that the world would be filled with love and joy if we were able to speak in children’s manner and language, said Ana Markovska, teacher at Nikola Vapcarov primary school in Chair.

Interethnic Integration in Education is a USAID’s project implemented by the Macedonian Civic Education Center. The goal is to introduce interethnic integration activities in schools. Markovska explains that mixed teams from both schools were formed and that students involved in literature extracurricular activities jointly researched into the background and works of Albanian writer Fejzi Bojku and Macedonian writer Gorjan Petrevski. Students involved in photography extracurricular activities took numerous photographs of the most appealing places and buildings in the municipalities of Karposh and Chair.

-Students mingled and cooperated. All presentations were made in Macedonian and Albanian language. This project is of immense significance to the students as well as to the teachers since it enables improvement of teaching quality through perfecting and becoming familiarized with other ethnic communities’ cultures. It aims at interpersonal skills’ improvement, breaking down prejudices and stereotypes, informed Markovska.

Berat Hadjiu, student, explained that mingling and having a walk with his friends from Karposh were most memorable to him.

-We visited plenty of places I had never visited before. Filip Vtori Hospital and City Mall were some of the modern buildings I saw. The library Drugarche, the parks, the greenspace, the hygiene, the wide streets in Karposh also left a powerful impression on me. We saw old and new buildings in the Old Bazaar and we enjoyed visiting old stores, mosques and the Saint George church. We had a very pleasant time with our friends from this school and I wish to see them again, said Hadjiu.
There is still an air of excitement among some of the students from Hristijan Todorovski – Karposh primary school because of the joint activities with students from Chair. Mila Lazareva and Mila Georgieva, sixth grade students, told us that they had learned a few words in Albanian.

-Most of the time I spent was with Jusra, who taught me a few Albanian words. I liked their school and all the beautiful places we visited in Chair, said Lazareva.

Georgieva adds that she wishes to continue her friendship with Jusra and Besa.

-Together we prepared a presentation for our school patron’s day. Students and teachers from the school in Chair were our guests. It was nice seeing them again, said Georgieva.

The cooperation between the two schools will not stop. It will continue evolving through sport and culture activities.


Lenche Aladjajkova, teacher at Hristijan Todorovski – Karposh, deems that such activities and mingling of students of different ethnic communities are important to our society.

-Prejudices are aroused among students who live and study in environments where they have no contact with friends of different ethnic communities. They can be broken down only if they meet and this recent mingling served as a proof. Many of them were not aware of the significant landmarks in both municipalities and had the opportunity to see them. We also introduce many multicultural projects in the curricular so that students can learn that differences should bring us together, not separate us, informed Aladjajkova.