A total of sixteen primary and secondary schools from all over the country will implement green projects for the preservation and improvement of the environment and biodiversity. The projects were awarded within the framework of the public call “Challenge for young researchers #5 – green projects” implemented by the Fund for Innovation and Technology Development.
Within the challenge, 10 elementary school projects have been approved for financing: “Sabedin Bajrami” from Kamenjane, “Alexandar Urdarevski” from Chucher Sandevo, “Strasho Pindzur” from Karbinci, “Brača Miladinovci” from Struga, “Kiro Gligorov” from Skopje with two projects, “Vancho Prke” from Delchevo, “Cajla” from Gostivar, “11 Oktomvri” from Skopje and “Dame Gruev” from Strumica.
In the category of secondary schools, six projects have been approved for financing: “Vedra” High School from Skopje, “Kiro Spandzov Brko” Secondary School from Kavadarci, DSU for Rehabilitation and Education “st. Naum Ohridski” from Skopje, High School “Rade Jovcevski-Korchagin” from Skopje, Private Secondary School “YAHJA KEMAL” from Skopje and Saraj from Skopje.
“I am especially pleased by the fact that young people have shown that they want a challenge, they want to research and create positive changes for society. The Fund as an institution is always on the side of creative and innovative ideas, and we are dedicated to creating opportunities for young people to show their creativity, critical thinking and acquire skills that create value. With today’s awarded schools, so far through the Challenge for Young Researchers we have supported 139 schools from the entire country, which includes over 900 students and mentors. The Fund will continue in the future to support programs and projects that aim to support young and creative minds, which I am sure have enormous potential and will create a better future” said Festim Halili, director of the Fund for Innovation and Technology Development.
During the evaluation and selection of the projects, priority was given to projects with an interdisciplinary character, which provide for an inclusive approach in the formation of the teams, i.e. have equal gender representation, include children of different ethnicities, children with special needs, children of different ages, etc., and were submitted by schools from rural areas.
During the next 12 months, project teams will develop research projects in the fields of natural and technical sciences. The research process should be based on the “scientific method”, that is, it should include the formulation, testing and confirmation/modification of a hypothesis through experiment and observation.
The total budget for this challenge is 3 million denars, and the maximum budget for an individual project proposal is up to 200,000 denars. For the teachers who will lead the student teams, a reward in the amount of 30,000 denars will be provided, intended for the purchase of digital equipment applicable in the teaching process.
A total of 57 project proposals were submitted to the challenge, and the full list of awarded schools is available at: