LeAnna Marr, Acting Mission Director, USAID Macedonia
As part of USAID’s 50th Anniversary, the Agency is celebrating Public-Private Partnership Week October 17-21, 2011 to highlight the mutual benefit that development and business have in establishing public-private partnerships (PPP) and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Global Development Alliance (GDA) program.
USAID Macedonia, through our Primary Education Project (PEP), has established public-private partnerships with three businesses – Microsoft Macedonia, Oracle Education Foundation and Seavus – to further our aim of promoting employability and information technology skills and providing a better education for students in Macedonia.
Seavus, a leading IT company in the region, partnered with USAID/PEP to host the first summer school for 21st century employability skills. The camp was for secondary school students in the early stage of their career planning. They focused on developing skills, such as communications, leadership and entrepreneurship. But don’t forget, this was a summer camp, and those kids had an absolute blast while they were doing it! SEAVUS also offered an internship to one of the top performers at the summer school.
The Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) collaborated with USAID/PEP to make the Thinkquest.com portal available to Macedonian teachers. Thinkquest is an online learning platform that promotes project-based learning, helps students and teachers to develop critical skills such as teamwork and problem solving, and links Macedonian students to peers from around the world.