Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Trainings for the School Integration Teams from the Pilot Municipalities

In partnership with the key education institutions (BDE and VETC), more than 400 members of the School Integration Teams (SITs) from 58 schools gathered between 2 and 20 November, 2012, to establish a common platform on the concepts of multicultural and multiethnic society.

Divided in 13 groups, the SITs members’ training groups discussed and shared how they see the situation after a period of 20 years, when the interethnic integration is achieved at school and society levels in Macedonia.

When presenting their plans for activities for achieving interethnic integration at a school level, they anticipated further joint activities for the students with highest level of inventiveness. These include : common performances with interaction within ethnically mixed groups of students by identical participation of all ethnicities (Macedonian, Albanian, Turkish, Roma, Bosnians, Vlachs); sporting through matches between ethnically mixed teams of students from Eastern and Western Macedonia (e.g. involving students from Municipality of Tetovo and Municipality od Strumica); professional collaboration between the teachers from the partnered schools when planning joint activities of ethnically mixed students with aim to improve the quality of education; collaboration between the students’ bodies in organizing joint socializing for discussing on certain topics, and/or for joint excursions, and many more.

Most of their views are that the interethnic communication will be improved in reality – a mutual respect among the different ethnicities will be present, with occurrence of many mixed marriage couples and schools of students of various ethnical backgrounds. That is the way the SITs members defined the goals, shaping the improvement of emotional and social skills of the students, for which the interethnic integrated education should make endeavors. The working methods, working atmosphere, usefulness of the training topics in the schools, the master trainers’ work and the organization of the training were evaluated quite highly by the participants at the trainings.