Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Master Trainers in Action

Three-day training for 35 Master trainers as part of the IIEP was held in Ohrid from 30 of September to 2 of October 2012 in order for participant’s to gain knowledge and improve the skills for future activities that incorporate the concept for interethnic integration within our education. The training was conducted by the trainers from the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR).

In the very first part of the training recommendations for presenting and facilitating were given to the master trainers as they could feel more confident through the further activities. The Master Trainers will use these new skills when they train the School Integration Teams (SITs) on practicing the concept for interethnic integration on school level.

On the training, the participants were provided with working material as guidance for the further simulation activities of the participants. This material consists of themes that relate to the interethnic integration in education, such as what type of multicultural or multiethnic society do we need, ethnic stereotypes and prejudices as a challenge and the need for interethnic integration in education, something that will be beneficial in the process of supporting the activities that follow after the training.

Within the scope of the activities, simulation activities were performed by the master trainers in order to strengthen their competences for successful transfer of their knowledge to the School Integration Team’s (SIT) consisted of primary and secondary schools, from the pilot municipalities of Butel, Tetovo, Bitola and Strumica. The simulation activities were prepared through the six working groups. Each working group was consisted of master trainers’ – practitioners (school teachers, principals, psychologists, pedagogues, municipal educational official etc.) and master trainers designated from the Bureau for Development of Education and Vocational Education Training Center. At the end of each working group’s simulation conducted, the group performing the simulation gave their inputs and received feedback from all present master trainers and CHRCH trainer which will reflect on trainer’s self-confidence and experience when disseminating the training to the School Integration Team’s.

At the last session the strategy for introducing the IIEP activities that will enable improved interethnic integration in schools, was presented to the master trainers. The master trainers enthusiastically collaborated towards generating ideas on possible activities within the regular and extra-curricular activities that will stimulate the students with various ethnic background to learn how to interact and live together in the Republic of Macedonia. The students’ activities implemented together will help them decrease and overcome the prejudices towards other ethnic communities, as well as to increase their mutual interethnic tolerance and cooperation.