2.3 National strategy on youth volunteering
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In September 2021, The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy adopted the new Strategy for Promotion and Development of Volunteering (2021– 2025) and Action Plan (Стратегија за промовирање и развој на волонтерството 2021-2025 и План за спроведување (Акциски план)). It is important to indicate that the Republic of North Macedonia hasn’t adopted a specific Strategy on youth volunteering and as a subject it is incorporated within the general strategy mentioned. The Strategy itself doesn’t target only youth but has general focus and it is set in the spirit of equal rights on volunteering.
In December 2019 the National forum for volunteering was held, as part of the activities of the Youth Cultural Center - Bitola, within the regional project "Road Western Balkans 6". The purpose of the forum was to review and discuss the situation with the legislation on volunteering in the country.
The main aim of the Strategy for Promotion and Development of Volunteering (2021 – 2025) (Стратегија за промовирање и развој на волонтерството 2021-2025) is to provide continuous development, promotion and strengthening of the volunteering engagement and culture of volunteering in N. Macedonia. With the Strategy, the Government stand to fulfill the following concrete strategic aims:
- Promotion of volunteering at the broader public
- Encouraging of the culture of volunteering within the educational system
- Increasing the level of volunteering in the civil sector and social enterprises
- Establishment of a system for institutional support of volunteering.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy has the main competence for volunteer policies. The implementation of the new Strategy for Promotion and Development of Volunteering (2021-2025) will be monitored regularly by the National Council for the Development of Volunteering in cooperation with MLSP, MES, and the General Secretariat of the Government – department for cooperation with non-governmental organizations.
In addition, within the Strategy, it is declared that the following actors will work towards its realization: Ministry of Labor and Social Policy and its relevant institution in the area of social protection and health; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Education and Science; Agency of Youth and Sports; General Secretariat of the Government; Local Self-Government; civil society organizations, media, educational institutions, etc.
In September 2021, the new Strategy for Promotion and Development of Volunteering (2021-2025) has been adopted by MLSP.