Several international studies show that Macedonia lags behind other transition countries in education performance. Two major issues continue to impact education quality: education is not attuned to 21st century needs and increasing separation along ethnic lines.
USAID works in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science to ensure that youth are equipped with the knowledge and skills that help foster economic growth and a stable democracy. Since 2002, USAID has implemented programs to address all levels of the education system – primary, secondary and university.
USAID works to ensure equal access to education for all children by promoting diversity and stimulating inclusiveness and cooperation in order to reduce tensions and enhance stability. Activities address the following:
Interethnic Integration in Education - raising awareness of the need for integration and helping create inclusive learning environments. USAID will promote understanding between ethnic groups and mitigate increasing school segregation through outreach and communication, capacity building of school management and teachers, establishing model schools that demonstrate bilingual and interethnic education, and refurbishing approximately 40 schools as an incentive to encourage communities to participate in reform efforts.
While USAID’s current education activities in Macedonia focus on workforce development and inclusiveness, we have had significant impact in many aspects of education since we began operating in the country in 1993, including the following:
- School Integration Teams will have been formed in more than 240 schools by the end of 2013
- Increased Government of Macedonia and donor participation and improved coordination in Integrated Education
- Introduced elective courses on work-readiness skills and work-based learning in selected vocational schools
- Established career centers in secondary schools and re-established Job Clubs in Employment Service Agency offices
- Improved performance and education opportunities for more than 1,500 Roma students per year
- Introduced assistive technology in primary schools to increase access and opportunities for children with disabilities
- Supported the founding of the South East European University, the first multilingual university in Macedonia
- Trained over 10,000 teachers in topics including interactive teaching; improved IT, math, science; and assessment methods
- Renovated more than 140 primary schools in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense
- Instituted Performance Indicators for both integral and self-evaluations of schools in the national system
- Developed student assessment standards and Code of Ethics
- Strengthened the school director management system and school boards
Last updated: November 08, 2016