Friday, June 18, 2021

Expressing Interethnic Integration through Theatre and Arts

On June 14, in the “Bezisten” Art Gallery in Stip, a talented group of young students from the Slavco Stojmenski secondary school held the final presentation of the creative workshops as part of the USAID Interethnic Integration in Education Project. These activities were attained by students and teachers from the school in the period of three months.

The presentation was consisted of a theatre play named “Ljubov çok, Razdelba Jok” in which the story of a forbidden relationship between two young people, Merima and Igor, members of different ethnic groups (Turkish and Macedonian), takes place. The relationship is the subject of gossip and humiliation by the environment, their peers, who don’t believe that this type of love could last. The couple proved wrong. In the same time of the play, on the other side of the Bezisten, there were two students who were painting different motives with vivid colors. At the end of the presentation, traditional dishes prepared by the parents and students of the ethnic communities involved in the process were served for the audience to try.

The final presentation was attended by the Mayor, Ilco Zahariev, municipality representatives, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Education, Elizabeta Todorovska, teachers, school directors, parents and many others. Stip serves as an example, especially in this crucial moment, to other municipalities how they should foster coexistence” – said the State Secretary, Elizabeta Todorovska.

USAID Interethnic Integration in Education Project (IIEP) has such activities in seven other schools during 2013 with the aim to improve interethnic integration in education.