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Republic of North Macedonia

Republic of North Macedonia

2. Voluntary Activities

2.6 Raising awareness about youth volunteering opportunities

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  1. Information providers
  2. Key initiatives

Information providers

Information in present times is very important for young people. Information needs to be eligible, factional and reliable in order to provide opportunities that are open for them. In the last few years’ big importance is given to the right for information, where CSO’s are supported from the government and international foundations, to provide information for young people, including information on volunteering.

National public authorities

Agency of Youth and Sport:

Main governmental body that is in charge of youth in Republic of North Macedonia is the Agency of Youth and Sport that is basically governmental body with its own budget and responsibilities. Although it is not a ministry, it is independent structure that is not under any other particular governmental ministry and responds directly to Prime Minister. The Youth Department is divided into two sub-Departments-International cooperation and Youth policy and training. AYS lunched а website http://www.mladi.ams.mk/ that informs young people about volunteer opportunities, job and study opportunities and provides other relevant information. From unknown, the last 8 months the platform is not active (last checked October 2020).

Other national public bodies

Other national bodies that are directly involved into dissemination of youth information are the Ministry of Education and Science, Employment Service Agency of the Republic of North Macedonia, the Ministry of Culture, which has activities connected with youth. On regular basis the mentioned public bodies provide information for youth on their web pages in general, and information on volunteering in particular as part of their providing information.

National Agency for European Educational Programmes and Mobility

Important role in dissemination of youth information about youth opportunities and mobility also have National Agency for European Educational Programmes and Mobility. This organization is in charge for the European Commission programs such as Erasmus+ (certainly most important for Youth) that are widely speeded among youth CSOs.

National Council for the Development of Volunteering

National Council for the Development of Volunteering (NCDV) (Национален совет за развој на волонтерството) was established by Government in 2012 in order to ensure successful planning and implementation of objectives and measures of the Strategy for Development of Volunteering. The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy provided administrative - technical support for the work of NCDV. National Council for the Development of Volunteering was responsible for the promotion and development of volunteering as a socially useful activity, planning specific measures and monitor the development of volunteering.

But since the mandate of the Council has expired in 2016 it does not currently function.

Local public authorities with competencies in the youth field

According to the new Law on Youth Participation and Youth Policies (Закон за младинско учество и младински политики) Municipalities have to establish a youth office, which will coordinate the youth work in municipalities and is the primary point of access for young people at the local level. Beside this, in cooperation with the municipalities, youth centers will be established. Youth centers are places where programs are prepared and implemented that improve the well-being of young people, the development of personal, social and professional life of young people, and also share information of important interest to young people. The centers are not opened yet, but the AYS together with some youth CSOs are working on their opening (October 2020).

Youth CSOs

Nowadays, the youth sector in the Republic of North Macedonia is a combination of associations such as: youth organizations, organizations of different fields with youth target group, youth lead organizations, student associations and student unions, youth political wings, and cultural and artistic youth associations. Youth organizations have active role in dissemination on volunteering information for young people.

The largest youth representative body in North Macedonia is National Youth Council of Macedonia. NYCM unites 52 organizations throughout the country, in order to promote and advocate for the rights of the young people in national level. NYCM was established on 29 June 2013 by 55 organizations.

Useful websites:

www.mladi.mk is online platform (developed by NYCM) where young people can find volunteering and other opportunities for personal development.

www.mladiinfo.eu, web portal founded by Mladiinfo International (non-profit, independent organization). On the web portal youth can find different international opportunities: scholarships, internships, volunteering etc.

Specific contact point

EURODESK is an international nonprofit association. As support organisation to the Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020) EURODESK is one of the most comprehensive and most accessible source of free youth information about international learning mobility opportunities.

As of today, EURODESK is present in 35 countries and it is also present in North Macedonia.

Key initiatives

Republic of North Macedonia is missing state-funded national or regional centers or agencies, that support volunteering organizations. In general, the initiatives for youth policies in North Macedonia are coming from the civil sector.

There is some optimism that things will be changed soon, as at the beginning of 2020 the government finally adopt the Law on Youth Participation and Youth Policies. One of the goals of the law is encouragement of volunteering, youth activism and youth work.