Skopje: A Realized project

We see concluded in Macedonia the specialized course in intercultural Education


Made up of six sessions, the new course in intercultural Education for teachers, formation staff, and other university students, was held throughout 2013, promoted by the international work group "EducationUnity" in collaboration with the IUS at the Faculty of Pedagogy of the state University Sv. Kliment Ohridski in Skopje.


In the month of December the sixth and last interdisciplinary module on human rights was held, to which two teachers in the field of Social studies and Communication from the IUS collaborated, Bernhard Callebaut for the sociological profile, and  Michele De Beni for the pedagogical profile, once again warmly welcomed by Dean and professor Vlado Timovski and his colleagues.



A few minutes before their departure for Skopje, they related: "we've had a surprise: a thank you letter on the part of Pope Francis. Last summer, together with the Dean of the  Faculty of Pedagogy of Zagreb, prof. Ivan Prskalo, along with other pedagogists both from the University of Zagreb and the University of Padua, with whom they have been working, in order to formulate the first guidelines for a "pedagogy of communion", we had sent the Holy Father the last editorial product of our intercultural Course, the Compendium in three languages, entitled: "Pedagogy of communion and Agazzi method". His affectionate reply seemed to us to be an indication and an encouragement to go forward".


Arriving in Macedonia, the first task in the program was the presentation of the Compendium at the Faculty of Pedagogy of the ancient city of Bitola, on the invitation of its Rector, prof. Zlatko Žoglev. Facing a crowded auditorium filled with teachers and students from Macedonia, Albania and Serbia, but also from Romania, Turkey, and Greece, for the most part orthodox, what came to the fore, was the novelty of a pedagogical culture in which the central moment of the formative process is the relationship that comes about between the animators and the young people, between those who transmit knowledge and those who are learning, in which each one becomes an agent of a generative path of communion. 


Lastly, at Skopje the sixth and last  interdisciplinary module in the state university's classrooms, which proposed some prospectives for a definition of human rights against the serrated questions of a multicultural society where  pluralism of visions appear to be an incompressible given, have offered some concrete pathways to the groups following moments of work.


The fact should not be overlooked that the impact of each academic activity ought to be measured in a context where the cultural Islamic matrix is very much alive. In this sense, the fact that a music teacher of turkish nationality, Aida Islam, talked of having found in the course's proposal, 'meaning and contents for her life,' was very significant indeed.  
When the director of the city's kindergarten, at the end of the program, communicated that she would request this intercultural educational program be inserted  in the national scholastic curriculum, the idea was born of constituting within the Faculty, a Commission that would bring together a representative of each school, to elaborate a request, and to follow its practice so as to give it greater strength.


Some teachers expressed the desire for tighter relationships and have begun to explore the possibility of proposing to interested students a stay at Loppiano, Italy, so as to go more in-depth on the scientific elaborations of the IUS.


Author: Redazione Web
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