Saturday, June 24, 2017
The USAID Interethnic Integration in Education Project Ended

The USAID Interethnic Integration in Education Project Ended

Over 1000 teachers, students, parents, representatives of the educational institutions, civil society organisations, USAID and ...

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Conference for Sharing Good Practices for Maintenance of School Buildings Held

Conference for Sharing Good Practices for Maintenance of School Buildings Held

After the organized trainings for maintenance of the schools intended for the members of the ...

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Conducted creative corners training

Conducted creative corners training

By the end of January, a three-day training was conducted in Skopje for creative corners ...

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Demonstration schools – where were we and what changed in the meantime?

Demonstration schools – where were we and what changed in the meantime?

In the course of the week, in four demonstration schools: PS “Brakja Miladinovci“ and ES ...

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Improved school environment for the elementary school students in Krusevo and Mogila

Improved school environment for the elementary school students in Krusevo and Mogila

At the end of December, two ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held in the elementary schools “Sv. ...

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United States Contributes to Primary School Renovation in Cair

The ceremony on October 6th at the Rajko Zinzifov Primary School marked one of thirteen schools renovated this summer through the USAID Interethnic Integration in Education Program (IIEP). The core objective of this program is to integrate children of various ethnic backgrounds through education and other activities. IIEP involves schools, teachers, children and parents, local leaders, and entire communities in developing interethnic relationships and in building the foundation for a better future.

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In his remarks, Jess L. Baily, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia, noted that “Newspaper headlines often focus on the divisions between people—divisions based on ethnicity or religion.  Overcoming these tensions and bridging differences is not an easy task to achieve anywhere… The students and teachers can’t do it alone. They need the support of their families, their community, and their leaders. Overcoming and healing divisions needs a concerted effort by everyone.”

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One of the core achievements of the project is that every primary and secondary school in Macedonia is now engaged in the project. Most of the municipalities, parent councils, and local communities support community-level integration activities.  Many municipalities created school integration councils and actively promote ethnic cohesion.  Additionally, the Bureau for Development of Education advisors and education inspectors at the national and regional levels are involved in achieving sustained change and capacity strengthening activities.  The project has established nearly 400 partnerships between schools through which teachers and students from schools with different languages of instruction interact.  More than 4,200 students have participated in ethnically mixed creative workshops, debate clubs, and curricular and extracurricular activities, while many more students participated in school and municipal-level sports and other joint activities.  Through the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), EUCOM has contributed $300,000 per year over five years to fund the renovations to participating schools. To date, 61 schools have been renovated, and two more will be renovated by December 2016.