The president of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, has gone viral on social media. The leader of the small country has posted photos while accompanying a primary school girl with Down syndrome who has been bullied by her classmates to school.
North Macedonia’s president takes a bullied Down syndrome girl to class by the hand
Инклузивноста како стремеж не треба да остане само декларативен принцип, туку да се користат потенцијалите на лицата со атипичен развој. Предрасудите да не бидат пречка за изградба на еднакво и праведно општество за сите. Емпатијата е наша морална обврска. #Ембла pic.twitter.com/SJEiMzMykU
— Stevo Pendarovski (@SPendarovski) February 7, 2022
Stevo Pendarovski: “We are all equal in this society”
The President of North Macedonia, moreover, spoke with the family of little Embla Ademi, about the difficulties they face on a daily basis, the country’s government reported in an official statement. Stevo Pendarovski also showed the family of the 11-year-old girl his support in protecting the rights of differently developed minors. “We are all equal in this society. I have come here to give my support and raise awareness that inclusion is a basic principle,” the president assured.
He also sharply criticized the behavior of those who jeopardize the rights of these children: it is “unacceptable,” Pendarovski said. “Not only should they enjoy the rights they deserve, but they should also feel equal and welcome in schools and on the playground,” he said, adding that it will help children like Embla, but also the whole society to “learn from them to rejoice, share and be in sincere solidarity.”