More than 80 guests attended the grand opening of the Sensory Garden at the School for children and youth with impaired vision Dimitar Vlahov – Skopje, on September 28th. Attendees included, the U.S. Ambassador Jess Bailey, the Minister of Education and Science Arber Ademi, children with sight impairment and their parents, local residents and municipal representatives led by Mayor Filip Temelkovski.
The grand opening was the culmination of the project that included one year of planning and hard work of the AmCham team. Huge thanks goes to our architect Andrej Apostolski from Habitat Macedonia and our construction company Granit, for being constructive partners, trying to fulfil our demands.
A sensory garden is an outdoor classroom designed to heighten sensory skills of students with impaired eyesight. Aural, tactile, and olfactory elements stimulate children in a playful way that builds on their strengths and provides school staff with a setting that aids communication, learning and the development of social skills. In order to serve the needs of the students at the School for children with impaired eyesight Dimitar Vlahov AmCham inititated the construction of the first sensory garden in Macedonia. The project was funded by companies – members of AmCham and designed and constructed by AmCham members Habitat for Humanity Macedonia and Granit in accordance with architectural standards of accessibility for wheelchair users. Having sustainability in mind, the garden is build so as to minimise the burden on the school’s existing staff, infrastructure and budget.