Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation – Strengthening Multiethnic Cooperation in Municipalities Project


Strengthening multi-ethnic cooperation in municipalities

Pre phase baseline survey: June 2011 – March 2012

Duration: July 2012 – December 2019

Objective: The stakeholders in 18 ethnically mixed primary schools in 9 municipalities in Macedonia have increased intercultural competencies and demonstrate positive attitudes towards different ethnicities and cultural diversities

Primary targets: Primary school including, students, teachers, school management school boards, parents and Municipality education officials.

Project summary: Prior to the project start-up, the baseline survey was implemented, upon which activities were planned. The model for interethnic understanding and intercultural education is developed in cooperation with BDE. 18 ethnically mixed schools in 9 municipalities practice a comprehensive program with the students for interethnic integration in education. Students from different ethnic background establish friendships and show increased acceptance of the members of different ethnic communities.

Results 2012-2016:

  • 175 teachers who teach Civic Education and Society have been trained to use teaching methodologies and approaches for interethnic integration in the teaching process;
  • More than 5000 students from different ethnic background have actively participated in joint student activities;
  • 2000 students directly participated in various activities within the school clubs (sections);
  • More than 2000 students participated in joint classes with students who study in a different language of instruction;
  • Around 500 parents involved in different school activities together with their children;
  • 340 students and 50 teachers participated in a two-week program for intercultural exchange in Trogen, Switzerland;
  • 950 teachers and school management from 18 project schools were trained on new requirements for School Performance Quality Indicators related to IIE;
  • Monitoring instruments for in-class observation developed under the project in cooperation with BDE are used on national level;
  • Five municipalities developed municipal policy document related to IIE
  • A survey on teaching and learning practices of Civic Education subject was conducted and an action plan for implementation of the recommendations was developed. The survey findings were presented in front of main educational stakeholders in the country.

Activities 2017-2019:

  • Implementation of school extra curricula activities / sections with students with different ethnic background, age and gender.
  • Joint mixed classes with students who study in a different language of instruction. These classes will be conducted in the subjects Society and Civic Education as well as in other subjects.
  • Support to the teachers who teach Civic Education and Society by the advisors from the Bureau for Development of Education (BDE);
  • Focus groups with students in aim to gather feedback from their participation in section activities;
  • Presentation of joint student activities at school level in front of parents, teachers, municipal representatives and state educational institutions, as well as other stakeholders.
  • Establish working group with representatives from MoES, BDE and teachers to analyse and revise the curriculum of the subject Civic Education
  • Developing manuals for teachers for Civic Education subject.
  • Training and follow up sessions for teachers to improve the teaching and learning practices of Civic Education subject
  • Follow up and support the process of revising the Civic Education textbooks
  • National conference with teachers to exchange the experiences and good practices from Interethnic integration activities
  • Participation of students from different ethnic background in a two week intercultural exchange program in Trogen, Switzerland. During this time they have an opportunity to live together with students from other countries and learn about intercultural education and child rights.


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