Under the webinar series from the project "Using the time wisely during the COVID-19 pandemic – Experiences and perspectives of young people in the Western Balkans” we are presenting the final webinar focusing on North Macedonia, “The change, the challenges & the constructiveness in the educational systems due to the pandemics”. It is the 4th and final webinar of this project, to be happening on February 1st, 2021 from 6-7 pm.
The webinar is designed to deliver a big-picture viewpoint of diverse panelists discussing about the different roles they populate during the pandemic as well as how they adapted, conquered the challenges, and found their manner to be constructive, especially concerning education, but also in life.
The discussants are professors, university students, high-school and primary-school students, as enlisted below:
Daniela Koltovska Nechoska is an Associate professor at the Faculty of Technical Science, St. Kliment Ohridski University – Bitola. During her professional carrier, she received various international mobilities scholarships such as the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window - Basileus Project, Erasmus + staff mobilities for training, STSM - Cost actions, Ceepus mobilities, etc. She is/has been the principal investigator/researcher of several international and domestic research projects. She enjoys teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as in other venues, such as summer schools and short courses, and furthermore was organiser/co-organiser of various professional workshops for students, courses designed for soft skills development, etc. She is actively involved in the promotion of the Erasmus + students exchange at her faculty. On a personal note, she is honest, curious, persistent, and open for new challenges and she is prepared to share her knowledge of use within WBAA activities.
Valentina Pavlova is a full professor at the Faculty of technology and technical sciences, Veles, University St. Kliment Ohridski Bitola, North Macedonia.
Janet Taskovska an English language and literature teacher in the primary school ‘Elpida Karamandi’-Bitola, an Erasmus Plus project coordinator, who has 20 years teaching experience and has worked in both private and state schools. Teaching is her passion. She enjoys using various teaching methods and approaches to make learning English easy and fun, bringing the English-speaking countries and culture closer to her students.
Renata Petrevska Nechkoska - after completing double PhD degree in Business Economics from Ghent University Belgium (UGENT) with PhD in Management at University St. Kliment Ohridski Bitola, North Macedonia (UKLO), she currently works as: assistant professor at UKLO and postdoc at UGENT. Since 2015, she is also engaged as European Commission evaluator for projects in Horizon 2020. Before academia, she was a practitioner for almost a decade - a banker in international financial institution ProCredit Bank - with HQ in Frankfurt Germany, mostly on middle management positions - head of HR, branch manager, project coordinator. Above that, she is a Ghent University alumni ambassador since 2015, Western Balkans Alumni Association Head of research team since 2019, Elsevier Advisory Panel member since 2015, Harvard CID PDIA Community of Practice Alumni since 2017, and during the pandemic, she was EUvsVirus project manager for academia and R&D partners and is now facilitating open innovation in science collaboration under the name of Academia diffusion experiment, with global scholars and practitioners. Co-evolution by bridging & bringing out the best in us is her trajectory for boarding.
University students panelists:
is a student at the Faculty of Technical Science in Bitola. He is an active member in the faculty's activities related to traffic engineering and management, safety, and environmental protection. The motivation quotes that he follows is “Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you ”.
is a student at the Faculty of Economics in Prilep, and also an aspiring artist. Despite the difficulties that the pandemic created, including all of the cons, she finds big inspiration and creativity in these times. For her, art is the greatest form of expression. She sais “If you want to see the beauty in the world, ask the person who has tried to paint it”
is a student at the Faculty of Economics in Prilep, who gets himself involved in challenges, international mobility, student bodies and self-growth which contribute to mutual collaboration and improvement for all.
Student at the Faculty of Economics, currently doing her second online Erasmus+ experience and working on improving her creativity by breaking patterns in order to look at things in a different way. She describes herself as well organised and hard-working student.
High school and primary school students panellists:
is a high school student at the SOU Gimnazija “Josip Broz Tito“ Bitola. She is actively involved in the various school projects related to environmental protection and she has participated in the YMCA camp for leadership.
is a primary school student at the Elementary School St. “Kliment Ohridski“. Bitola. She is actively involved in the various school projects focused on environmental education related to sport. She has been an active member of the volleyball state champion team.
She is a third year primary school student at the Elementary School “Kire Gavriloski - Jane“ – Prilep. She is playing tennis and she likes to learn foreign languages. At her leisure time she reads books, and she likes to collect stickers.
She is a final year primary school student at the Elementary School “Kire Gavriloski - Jane“ – Prilep. She is member of the school volleyball team and she actively learn Greek language. At her leisure time she reads books and hangs out with her friends.
She is a primary school student at OU “Elpida Karamandi” Bitola, and state musical school DMU Bitola. Her childhood has evolved around learning, international travel, and friends, exploring Brain-o-brain techniques, STEM academy concepts, as well as volleyball, do-it-yourself ideas. Currently, she pays huge attention to aesthetics, singing and dancing, while creativity and ingenuity are the traits her family is proud of. During the pandemic, she faced regular and disruptive challenges, overcoming them bravely with unconditional love and childhood purity of the heart.
Participants are invited to pose questions through the chat function.
You can send your questions prior the event to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please register for “Using the time wisely during the COVID-19 pandemic – Experiences and perspectives of young people in the Western Balkans” on Feb 1st, 2021 6:00 PM CET at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.
Here is a short video of the very interesting discussion which embodied different perspectives across the educational landscape from primary, through secondary school and higher education - portrayed via the diverse roles each of the panelists have in their professional and private lives. The original and constructive approaches are worthwhile learing from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNOkp2sy-4w
And here is the presentation used throughout the panel, with contact details and for further reference: presentation WBAA
Renata Petrevska Nechkoska
North Macedonia, 28 January 2021
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