Professors from Oxford, Sorbonne, Columbia all support the Prespa Accord

Skopje, 23 July, 2018 - 19:11 (META) 

More than 40 university professors, intellectuals, philosophers and students expressed their support for the Prespa Accord between Macedonia and Greece for resolving the name dispute, assessing it as a breakdown and the best solution to resolve the 27-year long dispute between the two countries.

In a letter to the British newspaper The Guardian, signatories who are from some of the world’s most prominent universities like Oxford, Sorbonne, London, Bologna, Columbia, Rome, Warsaw, Cambridge, Berlin, say that the agreement defines the political, historical and cultural boundaries between classical Greek Macedonia and, as they say, North Macedonia, explaining that the Macedonian identity can be shared between people who endow it with different meanings.

“It respects the dignity and the right to self-determination of the two peoples and confirms the desire of both countries for peaceful coexistence”, Reads the letter.

The signatories point out that the two sides had to work hard and address the concerns of the other.

“For Greece, the geographical designation in the compound new name (North Macedonia), its application domestically and internationally, and the requirement that the constitution of Fyrom be amended accordingly. For North Macedonia, acceptance of the existence of a Macedonian language as part of the Slavic family of languages (a fact long recognised by the UN and Greece), the designation of the nationality as Macedonian/citizens of North Macedoniaand, crucially, the promise of starting accession negotiations to Nato and the EU. When completed, this legally binding international agreement will have resolved an issue of contested political identity, so common in multicultural societies, and will offer a model for future resolution of other protracted conflicts”, reads the letter to the Guardian.

The signatories, who are listed below, say that the agreement still faces big hurdles in both countries, “where hardliners and extremists are mobilising against it.”

“In these critical times, when Europe faces the rise of extreme right-wing nationalism and racism, and dangerous revisionisms are resurfacing in the Balkans and Europe dividing people into “traitors” and “patriots”, it is more important than ever to support those who take risks for reconciliation. We support this fair agreement and call on all parties to fulfil their end of the bargain”, says the letter signed by more than 40 professors, intellectuals, MEPs, philosophers and students.

Kalypso Nicolaïdes University of Oxford
Etiennne Balibar Université deParis-Ouste
Toni Negri, Philosopher, Paris
Mary Kaldor University of London
Costas Douzinas Birkbeck, University of London
Judith Butler University of California, Berkeley
Jean Luc Nancy, Philosopher, Strasbourg
Barbara Spinelli,  Member of the European Parliament
Wendy Brown University of California, Berkeley
Joanna Bourke Birkbeck, University of London
Luciana Castellina, Rome
Frieder Otto Wolf, Freie Universität Berlin
Catherine Malabou, Kingston University
Claude Calame, EHESS, Paris
Bo Stråth, University of Helsinki
Susan Buck-Morss, City University of New York
Sandro Mezzadra, University of Bologna
Patrice Maniglier, Université Paris Nanterre
Elsa Stamatopoulou, Columbia University
Niccolo Milanese, European Alternatives
Giacomo Marramao, Roma Tre University in Rome
Edouard Delruelle, Université de Liège
Peter Schöttler, Freie Universität Berlin
Ulrike Guérot, Danube University Krems, Austria
Ahmet Insel, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Philippe Büttgen, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Yves Sintomer, Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis, CSU-Cresppa
Emily Apter, New York University
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Birkbeck, University of London
Albena Azmanova, University of Kent
Louis Wolcher, University of Washington
Jean-Numa Ducange, University of Rouen
Michal Kozlowski, University of Warsaw
José Luis Villacañas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Gilles Manceron, Historian, Paris
Diogo Sardinia, Paris University
Bertrand Ogilvie, Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis
Yves Sintomer, Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis
Franck Fischbach, Univesite de Strasbourg
Teresa Pullano, University of Basel
Matthieu de Nanteuil, University of Louvain
Pietro de Matteis, University of Cambridge
Guillaume Sibertin-Blanc, Université Paris 8 Saint-Denis
Stefan Jonsson, Linköping University
Manuela Bojadzijev, University of Berlin
Rada Ivekovic, College International de Philosophie, Paris

Ombudsman: Attempts to politically involve students must stop

Skopje, 16 March, 2017 - 18:02 (META) 

Today, in a statement the Ombudsman of the Republic of Macedonia, expressed serious concern regarding attempts to involve children in protests which are being organized in cities across the country.

The Ombudsman also condemns the management’s approach in schools and calls on the school committees, Mayors, the State School Inspectorate and the Ministry of Education immediately, each of them within their own field, to take appropriate measures against those who distress or allow schools to influence and cause agitation and attempts to politically involve students.

These occurrences, said the statement by the Ombudsman, goes against the Law on Secondary Education, which forbids political and religious organization and activity in schools.

MOF: Agitating young people for partisan purposes must stop

Skopje, 6 March, 2017 - 16:29 (META) 

“Students should be left alone to think critically and to express themselves, and every time someone imposes their opinion on them, or intimidates and abuses them, we strongly condemn it. Causing agitation among young people for achieving partisan purposes must stop”, said a statement released by the Youth Education Forum (MOF).

They added that “principals, teachers and parents need to react to students being involved in the agenda of political parties under this disguise. as it is actually adding to inter ethnic tensions.”

They demand that schools should forbid the spreading of tendentious materials, posters or statements, in order to protect students from being forced to attend protests and should not allow divisions to be created among students.

Students from the technical school in Bitola protested against bilinguality

Bitola, 1 March, 2017 - 12:07 (META) 

Tens of students from the secondary technical school “Gjorgji Naumov” from Bitola, before noon around 10 o’clock stopped the classes and went into the school yard to protest against the billinguality

The students say they were organized by themselves through the social networks as they don’t agree with the current policy in the state to “study the Albanian language.” The students that didn’t protest remained in their classrooms.

One of the students, a participant in the protest said that the protests will continue in the forthcoming days.

Tomorrow the conference of the “Support without hate” project comes to an end

Skopje, 7 February, 2017 - 16:38 (META) 

The project “Support without hate” that was carried out by 10 young activists, journalists, and students, and was financed by the US Embassy in Albania will be finalized tomorrow at the press conference that will be held at the “GEM-club” starting at 14:00 pm.

During the press conference, the project’s activities will be presented such as the influence of social networks in hate speech prevention, as well as the presentation of the campaign for preventing violence at sports matches and video material presentation.

All activities regarding “Support without hate” were carried out during the period starting from September 2016 until February this year.

“Support without hate” is an initiative whose goal is to prevent the phenomenon of hate speech and violence among sports fans and how to deal with it.

The idea for this project came out from a workshop “Prevention of violent extremism” (PVE) that was organized at Drach in July last year and was organized by the Center for Cooperation and Mediation from Albania.

More information about this project can be found at the following Facebook page

The Association of Turkish students appeal that only official institutions should be trusted

Skopje, 26 January, 2017 - 11:41 (META) 

The Association of graduate students at the Turkish universities in Macedonia reacted upon the misunderstandings related to the news published in some of the media regarding the termination of the agreement for a mutual recognition of the diplomas in Turkey.

Members of the Association said that all the necessary measures were taken and are calling upon to everyone to take into account only the information issued by official institutions.

“We noticed that the news related to the termination of the bilateral agreement for a mutual recognition of diplomas, depositions, qualifications, degrees and titles that were received in Republic of Macedonia and republic of Turkey, on part of R. of Turkey, has caused a worry within the educational circles and among the students and the parents. From the moment this news was published, the Association of graduate students from the Turkish universities took all the necessary measures and contacted the institutions both in Macedonia and Turkey. By taking into account the disinformation that is present in the public, we want to stress the importance to remain calm and we plead not to take those explanations into account apart from those issued by official institutions,” said Ismail Aliji and Dzeladin Dzuli, co-presidents of the Association of graduate students at the Turkish universities.

Turkey has canceled the agreement for the recognition of Macedonian diplomas

Ankara, 21 January, 2017 - 15:50 (META) 

Turkey has annulled the agreement with Macedonia for a mutual recognition of Macedonian diplomas on all educational levels, says “Alsat M.” The decision was already published at an official gazette in Turkey and it refers to an agreement that was signed by both countries on the 6th of July 1998 and with which Turkey and Macedonia established a recognition of diplomas on all levels of secondary and higher education.

The decision, that was made during the meeting of the Council of ministers of Turkey on the 12th of December last year, was signed by the country’s president Redzep Taip Erdogan and is coming into force on the 11th of February 2017.

So far, there hasn’t been any official reaction by the authorities in Skopje regarding Ankara’s decision.

The Minister of education and science of Macedonia, Pishtar Ljutviu, gave a brief statement for “Alsat M” that he doesn’t believe that there is a reason for canceling an agreement.

Large Turnout At The First Student Referendum

Skopje, 5 October, 2016 - 13:56 (META) 

Today, the “Student Plenum” organized their first student referendum, which was held on the 20 faculties of the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”. The “Student Plenum” said that so far, voting has taken place in a peaceful, fair and democratic atmosphere and that surprisingly, there has been a large turnout.

 “Voting did not begin at the Veterinary, Agriculture and the Physical Education faculties because we did not have enough registered volunteers. At other faculties, already in the first hour, we had a large turnout, at the larger faculties, 50 to 100 students voted, while at the smaller faculties from 20 to 50 students voted. We expect an even greater turnout by 12:00 noon”, said Borjan Eftimov from the “Student Plenum”.

 At the end of the referendum, the plenum says they will have a joint meeting with all students and will decide on what actions to take next. They also expect support from the senators.

 “We hope that the senators will recognize the will of the students. It is now left to their moral responsibility whether they will stand behind the students or a non-governmental organization”, added Eftimov.

 By including the Student Parliament in organizing UKIM the plenum says they will achieve more control over the work of this body and will implement more safety mechanisms in terms of finance.

Studentski referndum (3) Studentski referndum (2) Studentski referndum (1)





Macedonian Students From A Tetovo High School Return To Class Outside

Tetovo, 26 September, 2016 - 15:03 (META) 
After nearly a month of boycotting, Macedonian students from a Tetovo high school have returned to class. However, instead of returning to their desks, they began classes standing, outside in the open, on the city square of Tetovo.
“We are aware that the boycott harmed the students most of all, and as we do not have the appropriate space where we can teach in normal and dignified conditions, we have been forced to organize classes outside in the open, in front of the offices of the Department of Education in the town square. We hope that the authorities will finally see and hear us and together we can solve the problem”, said Professor Dejan Gjurchinovski from the council of professors of the high school “Kiril Pejcinovic.”
In the past few years, Macedonian students from the Tetovo high school have been attending classes in unsuitable conditions in the building of a community college and primary school “Goce Delchev” in Tetovo.
Revolted by the situation, this year they started a protest march through the streets of Tetovo. After the protest it was decided that the children temporarily use the central building of the high school.
After a few days, the decision changed, saying it was illegal and that the management of the high school students could not be organized in just one facility.
Teaching at the city square in Tetovo will continue, as the council of professors say, until a solution to the problem of the premises is not found.

Teachers Will Decide Whether Absences are Justified Due to Earthquakes

Skopje, 14 September, 2016 - 13:37 (META) 

According to “Meta” sources, in several Skopje municipalities, there is a noticeable absence of pupils.

Whether this absence of students is due to the recent earthquakes is justified or not, it will depend on the opinion of individual teachers as the Ministry of Education has no official position on the absence of students as a result of the earthquakes.

Despite, several attempts by “Meta” to get an answer from the Ministry of Education on the question of absence of students, at this time, we still have not received an answer.

According to a “Meta”source from a primary school in the municipality of Karpos, students who are absent will be asked for an excuse, where they will have to justify their absence, because a state of emergency has not been declared. However, again, everything will depend on the individual decision of the class form teacher.

The Director of the school “11 October”, Vasko Lazarevski said the absence of students due to the series of earthquakes will be an acceptable reason for their absence.

“The absences will be justified because it is a natural phenomenon that can not be predicted. We can’t call their absences unexcused if they feel that their security is threatened”, said Lazarevski.

The official position of the Ministry of Education is that schools will not be closed, and further actions will depend on the guidelines and instructions of the Steering Committee on Crisis Management, as the central body for dealing with crises.