President Stevo Pendarovski attended today the open class of the optional subject “Roma Language and Culture” at the “Ramiz Hamid Brothers” primary school in Shuto Orizari on the occasion of 5 November – the World Day of the Roma Language.
During the open lesson, students and subject teachers recited poetry in Rom language, presented the history of the Roma language, and featured a short play.
Congratulating the World Day of Roma Language, President Pendarovski praised the effort of the teachers and all stakeholders from the Roma community for the children to follow the lessons in their mother tongue from the first to the ninth grade in all subjects. As President Pendarovski said, it is necessary for the state institutions to enable it as soon as possible.
The open lesson was attended by 20 students from the seventh, eighth and ninth grades, teachers who teach language subjects and management staff from this primary school.
In the Republic of North Macedonia, the Roma community, which has no teaching in its mother tongue, until the introduction of the concept of nine-year primary education, studied the mother tongue as an optional subject from the first to the eighth grade. Since 2008, the Roma have been studying their mother tongue through the elective course “Roma Language and Culture”, from the third to the ninth grade.