Project "The development of a culture of peace and non-violence as a basic value in the educational system in the Republic of Northern Macedonia"
The main goal of the project is to develop a culture of peace and non-violence as a basic value in the educational system in the Republic of North Macedonia. Specific objectives of this project are (1) prevention of conflicts by accepting the differences between students on different grounds and building a culture of peace among young people, (2) establishing friendly relations between students of diverse ethnic, religion, gender and social backgrounds, and (3) sensitizing young girls to recognizing the forms of violence committed against them in schools, as well as outside the school's environment, therefore encouraging them to report and act in a safe way.
Long term expected result(s): 3 vocational education schools trained and have experience in developing a culture of peace and non-violence, 15 professors will have successful training in order to build trust, cooperation, and teamwork in establishing a culture of peace and preventing violence in their community, 20 students (majority young girls) participate in developing a rulebook of conduct for their peers with members of informal clubs who will train one another in respect to the developing a culture of peace and preventing future violence against their peers, 1 campaign that will have a wider reach in the country through social media outlets and a marketing agency that will construct a motivational and visible message for all young people in respect to developing a culture of peace and preventing violence. Changing perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors towards a culture of peace and ending violence, encouraging young men/boys to challenge violence and gender norms that promote or enhance certain actions of violence, and actively engaging them in the fight to end violence and create a positive environment for young girls. Building a transparent and stronger cooperation and communication on gender roles and violence, a culture of peace amongst young people within the school and community environment, training professionals/teachers to support young people within the school environment.
The project is funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, Embassy of Canada for Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.
Our researchers Tamara M. Spasova and Bojana M. Hristovska in the coming period will work on implementing activities of the project.