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USAID's Interethnic Integration in Education Project (IIEP) is a four year project, that  builds broad public understanding of the benefits to all citizens that will arise from integrating Macedonia's education system. IIEP will also create the political, social and economic environment need for Macedonia to achieve sustained interethnic integration in schools, in other educational institutions and eventually all of society.


The project is formed by 4 components:

  •  Component 1: Community Outreach
  • Component 2: Capacity Building of School Management and Teachers
  •  Component 3: Demonstration Schools
  • Component 4: Providing Incentives to Schools and Communities





Macedonian Civic Education Center together with 8 other partner organizations are implementing IIEP.

Center for Balkan Cooperation LOJA is one of the main partners in project implementation. CBC Loja is directly involved in component 2 , 3 and 4, in implementing activities that are part of those components.

Students, parents, teachers, administrators and school board members in all primary and secondary schools across Macedonia will be the primary focus of project activities. Additionally, BDE advisers and education inspectors at national and regional levels will also be central to achieving sustained change and will actively participate in capacity strengthening activities.

Two components the second and third one, that Loja is direct involved are described shortly bellow:

Component 2:

IIEP team will create an environment where key education stakeholders will actively participate to achieve sustained interethnic integration in schools and relevant educational institutions. They will collaboratively build a clear understanding of the importance of IIE and take responsibility, accountability and ownership of the project. Students, parents, teachers, administrators and school board members in primary and secondary schools throughout Macedonia will be the primary focus of the project activities. The project will use a whole school approach to enabling continuous development of interethnic integrated activities. The proposed mix of structured professional development workshops, in-school learning activities and a follow-up mentoring program will be the core to achieve IIEP Component 2 objectives.

Component 3:

The overall goal of this component is to provide extensive interventions in a few selected schools that can serve as models for integrated schools through the whole country.

In order to accomplish these goals, the component team will work on meeting the following objectives: Creating models that provide evidence that integrated education in a system divided along language lines is possible to exist, providing examples of best practices and lessons learned from demonstration schools to contribute to a deeper understanding of various approaches to ethnic integration, developing models of integrated schools to be used within the education system for more efficient scaling up in the other primary and secondary schools from ethnically mixed areas, increasing student integration in selected schools in extracurricular, and potentially, in curricular activities, increasing cooperation between teachers and parents of mixed ethnic background, increasing number of schools/municipalities to integrate ethnically mixed student bodies.

Find more information in the project's official web page : www.pmio.mk