Ethnic Macedonian pupils from the village of Neprosteno and the surrounding villages near Tetovo continue to attend classes in improvised classrooms made of shipping containers.
This was a temporary solution that was devised in 2001, during the civil war, when Macedonian pupils faced attacks from the neighboring Albanians and stopped attending the main school. The containers were put in place a hundred meters from the school.
22 years later, the containers remain in place and are the main classroom for the Macedonian students in the classes 1 to 5. “My grandson goes there. It is cold in winter, it is not solid construction. We call on the Education Ministry to come here and see the conditions our children endure”, said local citizen Veljo Tomovski.
Both the municipal Government and the Education Ministry are held by ethnic Albanian officials, who largely ignore the requests from the citizens of Neprosteno.