Skopje Multiplier Event (ESIPP)

  • David Preece (Organiser)

Activity: Organising a conference or workshopResearch


One hundred and fifty parents, professionals, students, policy-makers, journalists and other stakeholders attended ME3, held on November 1, 2017, in the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle in Skopje and hosted by the MSSA. Simultaneous translation (Macedonian/English) was provided. The one-day conference began with an initial round-table discussion (conference coordinator, local project partners from MSSA, parent representative, and representatives from the Macedonian government – including the State Advisor from the Office of the Prime Minister, and representatives of the Ministries of Education and Science) presenting the project to these decision-makers and discussing the need for PE as a small group. Following this, the general conference was opened by Vladimir Trajkovski (MSSA). Zoran Giev, parent of a child with autism and participant in ESIPP training, presented about his experience of living with autism and the pressures facing such families in the FYR of Macedonia. David Preece introduced the ESIPP project and activity to date and Ron Fortuna (TA) presented the ESIPP parent education programme, curriculum and materials. Presentations were then given by partners from the three countries in which ESIPP training was being undertaken, outlining the situation faced by families there, how the training was being delivered, and its impact on families. These presentations were given by Jasmina Troshanska (MSSA), Sanja Aguila-Muñoz (CZA) and Nefi Charalambous-Darden (AASP). These presentations were supported by videos interviews with parents who had attended ESIPP training. After lunch, Julia Hardcastle (AC) gave a presentation regarding parents working together to influence policy, following which materials from two of the modules were presented to the stakeholders: Managing Sensory Sensitivities (Nefi Charalambous-Darden, AASP) and Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour (Angela Capper, TA with Filip Jurtoski, MSSA). This was followed by group discussions and a plenary before closing.
Period1 Nov 2017
Event typeConference
LocationSkopje, Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational