As part of the project Bridges Connecting Cultures, we launched an educational program for high school students called Ambassadors of Peace. During December 2014 and January 2015, our chapter members were constantly working with an amazing group of 17 high school students. In December we had three interactive workshops on three different topics: team building, leadership, and using new media for online activism. It was a challenge to build both harmonious and productive team, mainly because we have chosen students representing different nationalities in Macedonia. However, the results of their work as a team exceeded our expectations.
Our Ambassadors of Peace organized a humanitarian initiative, for our friends at the Youth Club from the Counseling Center for Children and Parents, at the SOS Children’s Village. They are now leaders in our community and role-models of their generation. Proof of their personal successes. Ivona Gorgiovska, this summer is going to participate in the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute for Youth, at the Wake Forest University in USA. Bozidar Stankovik has won a debate championship and Ilina Gjorgjievska has participated in a youth exchange in Montenegro.
These are some of the success stories of our enthusiastic group of young people. We believe that PTPI Skopje was a great help for their development. The biggest impact this group made was through their online activism with essays, videos, interviews and research on the topic of Peace through Understanding. Their creativity is available on our website- www.ptpiskopje.org/ambassadorsofpeace
We are very excited to start a new journey, with the young people from the second generation of the educational program Ambassadors of Peace.
Learn more about Republic of Macedonia: The Republic of Macedonia, which declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, is located in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula and has approximately a population of 2 million people. The and the government type is parliamentary democracy and Skopje is the capital, with more than 500.000 people. The country’s landscape features large and high mountains, plains and flat valleys. The level of literacy is high, reaching 94% of population, and the main language spoken is Macedonian (70%), followed by Albanian, Turkish, Serbo-Croatian and others.
Angel Dimitrievski- President, PTPI’s Skopje-Macedonia Community Chapter