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Republic of North Macedonia

Republic of North Macedonia

10. Youth work

10.4 Quality and innovation in youth work

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  1. Quality assurance
  2. Research and evidence supporting Youth Work
  3. Participate Youth Work
  4. Smart youth work: youth work in the digital world

 


 

Quality assurance

The quality of youth work refers to the achievement of the goals of youth work, as well as incorporating its values and characteristics into the planning and implementation of youth work programs.

 

The criteria for the quality of youth work in North Macedonia are defined on the basis of recommendations received through consultative meetings organized by the Union for Youth Work, taking into account existing quality standards from other European countries.

 

Union for Youth Work in 2019 published “Youth work quality standards” (Стандарди за квалитет на младинската работа). According to this publication, the quality of youth work in North Macedonia will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

- The goals of youth work correspond to the rights and needs of young people

- Youth work is based on active and voluntary participation of young people

- Youth work offers opportunities for learning and personal and social development of young people

- Youth work promotes equality and inclusion of all young people

- Youth work is carried out in appropriate spaces by professionals

- Youth work is based on processes of continuous monitoring, evaluation and quality improvement.

The level of fulfillment of the criteria for quality youth work is assessed using a set of indicators that can compare reality with the vision of youth work and identify specific areas for improvement.

 Research and evidence supporting Youth Work

There is hardly any information available on possible support for better understanding of youth work, provided by national authorities. In 2013 the Agency of Youth and Sport supported the first Youth Work Fair organized by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue. The Agency also supported the fair organized in 2014 by the same CSO. This fair included 70 youth organizations from North Macedonia and Europe, who presented their work to the audience. The fair included presentations of the latest trends in youth work and contemporary ways of functioning of youth organizations throughout Europe. The fair was attended by representatives of the Agency of Youth and Sport, National Agency of European Educational Programs and Mobility, the Council of Europe's Youth Department, the European Commission, the EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership, the European Youth Forum, SALTO Resource Centers, as well as 70 youth organizations from North Macedonia and Europe.

There is no other available information on this topic, and also there is no specific top-level budget or funds for supporting research on youth work.

Participative youth work

Information can be found in section 5.4.

Smart youth work: youth work in the digital world

 

In February 2021, with financial support from the Agency of Youth and Sport, the Union for Youth Work started training for Youth Workers. In June 2021, the Union for Youth Work and the Agency for Youth and Sports awarded certificates to 14 youth workers for a completed adult education program in accordance with the occupational standard Youth Worker. Thus, for the first time in our country, certified professionals were recognized according to one of the profiles of the youth worker, in accordance with the National Portfolio of Youth Workers. This is the first formal educational program in our country for youth workers, which the Law on Youth Participation and Youth Policies defines as “qualified persons who have competencies to work with young people by implementing activities that support their personal and social development through informal and informal learning. [1]