On March 6, 2015, NDC Skopje hosted the first meeting with the principals and assistant principals of the selected schools in order to mark the beginning of the implementation of Component 1.
During the meeting, NDC Skopje Executive Director Mr. Sasho Stojkovski presented the project goals with a particular focus on Component 1 and also gave an overview regarding the necessity of implementing integrated education activities within the vocational secondary schools in Macedonia in order to prevent the segregation trend. The adviser to the Minister for education Mr. Safet Neziri reiterated the importance of the efforts to introduce the integrated education model not only within the extracurricular activities, but also during the regular teaching process as well.
NDC Skopje Manager of the Training Centre, Ms. Biljana Krsteska- Papic together with the Coordinator for education Ms. Sonaj Bilal presented the main characteristics of the Nansen model for integrated education and the goals and purpose of the NDC Skopje Training Centre.
This project component will enable successful integration of students, parents and teachers from different ethnic communities through capacity building programs and integrated education activities. All program activities are carefully planned and structured in a way to address the issues that the current educational system is facing in Macedonia and offer new approaches and programs that will enhance inter-ethnic integration and tolerance, promote inclusion and build the competences of education stakeholders on multicultural education, inclusion and anti-bias approach to education.