North Macedonia: Students created art for health workers and the youngest patients!

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The motivated students of Primary School “Kuzman Josifovski Pitu” in Skopje organized several activities, respecting the protection protocols. Through the “Start the Change” project, they have become aware that their voice has been heard and that through active participation they can make a difference for themselves and others. Therefore, even during the pandemic, they worked on solutions on how to be active in their free time, how to be creative and how to encourage other children to have fun. From the many ideas, they opted for drawing as a way to free their imagination and take their thoughts into a different reality. They made many drawings on various subjects using sheets of paper and digitally. They shared this idea with their classmates so that more of them could join in.

“We have put a lot of effort and a lot of time to analyze ourselves and get to the final drawings. We have persistently tried to find healthy solutions and helped each other by sharing ideas and talking about our moods,” said the students.

To thank the health workers for their dedicated work in these difficult times, they visited the Minister of Health, Venko Filipce.

“What a wonderful surprise! Children of PS “Kuzman Josifovski Pitu” brought us their works of art as gratitude for the battle that health workers are waging against the pandemic. I promised them that we will work hard to overcome the pandemic and that it was our duty to take care of their health. I wish them a nice and carefree summer!” said the Minister of Health Venko Filipce.

The students then implemented another humanitarian initiative. They delighted the children at the Children’s Hospital with their drawings that now adorn the walls of the clinic. They were invited to spend time with the children who have been staying in the hospital rooms for a long time and look forward to the day when they return to the classrooms and school yards.

These activities stem from the students and their desire to get involved in improving the situation in the society. They start these initiatives themselves according to their needs and ideas and they will continue to be actively involved in the coming period in all decision-making processes within the “Start the Change” project.

Author: Dorina Gjorcheva Mitrovska

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