The first Bio-Technology Laboratory opened in Skopje

Creating venues that provide students with the opportunity to learn, advance and innovate in the field of bio-technology

14 April 2023
The first Bio-Technology Laboratory opened in Skopje
UNICEF/North Macedonia/Georgiev/2023

The first Bio-Technology Laboratory in the country was opened with UNICEF and UNPD support and in partnership with the City of Skopje.  

Located in the premises of the secondary vocational school “Marie Curie” in Skopje, the laboratory will serve as the go-to venue for extracurricular activities, clubs and project-based learning in the fields of biology and chemistry for the upper grades of primary education and secondary school students.

“I have witnessed firsthand the amazing potential of young people in this country. We have organized many programmes where young girls and boys from North Macedonia were receiving global recognition and winning international competitions”, said Patrizia DiGiovanni, UNICEF Representative.

“It is of utmost importance for students to have a space where they can learn, advance and innovate. Biotechnology is an exciting and emerging field, and I am confident that the Biotech Lab programme will stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship as part of the formal education process and will build interest among students to pursue a career in science,” she said.

“It is expected that by 2050 some 60% of the world population will live in the cities. Therefore it is important to find ways and solutions to make the life in the cities more sustainable and tailored to the needs of its citizens,“ said Armen Grigoryan, UNDP Resident Representative.

“The first city laboratory in Skopje is of exceptional importance for all of us. It will be used by high school students, professors, entrepreneurs and everyone who has a desire to engage in science and wants to contribute to society – they can start by recycling and reusing bio-waste,” said Skopje Mayor Danela Arsovska.

The Bio-Technology Laboratory is part of the larger National Biotechnology Initiative supported by UNICEF, UNDP and the City of Skopje to foster innovation, education, and meaningful engagement of communities around the country in finding solutions to the rising environmental challenges.

The National Biotechnology Initiative focuses on reusing and repurposing biowaste as an entry point into creating entrepreneurial opportunities for a greener future.

Biowaste in North Macedonia accounts for 45.6% of all waste produced in the country. Most of that waste, approximately 95% ends up in open landfills and dumpsites, emitting greenhouse gases, and contributing to a range of environmental challenges for the society.

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