The Nansen model for intercultural education (NMIE) is a new model of education in Republic of Macedonia, which enables successful integration of students, parents and teachers from different ethnic communities through a modern upbringing and educational process.
NMIE is a contemporary educational model that fosters, encourages and integrates multiethnic values, bilingualism at the same time promotes and supports partnership relations between students, teachers and parents, encourages community participation through establishing harmonious relations based on respecting differences.
The model was developed and practically applied in 2007 after a 2 years’ work on promotion and facilitation of dialogue and reconciliation projects in post-conflict and segregated communities in Macedonia. Since then, the model is successfully implemented in few selected primary and secondary schools throughout different municipalities in Macedonia and has demonstrated excellent results.
Integration as a component is one of the basic characteristics of the schools that apply the Nansen model for intercultural education. The model supports the integration of students who belong to different ethnic communities, who study together (each in their native language) in the same school facility, in the same shift.
Besides promotion of the integration of the students, as a consequence, there is also integration of the teaching staff from different ethnic backgrounds, and certainly, a very important benefit is the integration amongst the parents of the enrolled students.
NMIE offers a possibility for skillful connection and integration of the teaching content from mandatory and extracurricular character, enriching at the same time the extracurricular activities with the bilingual and game approach during its implementation.
The inventive integrated extracurricular activities through the individualized approach towards each student, the bilingual approach, as well as the continuous team and tandem method of work have an influence on the improvement of the quality of the overall educational process, and on the development of numerous competencies and life skills among the students, teachers and parents necessary for a quality coexistence in communities of a multiethnic character.
The benefits from this model of education are the following:
For the students – high quality integrated extracurricular activities that will enable them acquire a variety of life skills and abilities, permanent upgrade of knowledge, strong self-esteem as well as promoting open communication, socialization, dialogue, tolerance and overcoming stereotypes and prejudices. Students also participate in various sports and cultural school and outdoor events, fairs etc.
For the parents – special programs for annual cooperation that promote their active role in school, increasing the life skills of the parents and creating habits for their continuous self-education, strengthening the cooperative relations between the parents and school staff from different communities etc.
For the school staff – professional practical and theoretical training on integrated education through the NDC Skopje Training center, variety of workshops and working literature, professional development programs and continuous upgrade of knowledge and competences etc.
For the school – improved conditions for work and a variety of equipment and contemporary didactical means, multifunctional classrooms, high quality regular and extracurricular teaching process, positive socio-emotional climate, improved cooperation between the school staff, parents and students from different ethnic communities, participation in various events and activities etc.