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Republic of North Macedonia

Republic of North Macedonia

5. Participation

5.10 Current debates and reforms

In November 2020, the Minister of Education and Science, when presenting the citizens’ budget of the Ministry of education and Science claimed that the Ministry is working intensively on reforms in primary and secondary schools and they are developing a completely new concept of curricula and teaching materials. "We are abandoning the traditional way of learning and moving to an education that creates citizens who think critically and logically and draw conclusions based on facts, evidence and analysis,"[1].

In September 2020 the e-conference "Open Government Partnership - Dialogue for the National Action Plan 2021-2023" was held. The purpose of the event was to promote the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative among civil society organizations, to inform them in a more detailed manner about the benefits and progress made and to create space for discussion on the next steps in co-creating the new action plan.

At the Conference, the interested parties had a chance to discuss: What are the benefits of the OGP process; Why is involvement in this process important; What are the next steps for preparing the OGP for 2021 - 2023 and which priority areas will be worked on ?[2].

Currently, the National Youth Council of Macedonia (a network of 52 organizations that work in the field of youth and the biggest representative body of the young people in the country) is developing the Youth Strategy of the City of Skopje for the period 2021-2025. One of the goals of the Strategy is: “Encouraging young people to actively participate in society through affirmation and support of youth activities, youth work and non-formal education in the area of the city of Skopje.”[3]

The process of development of the strategy is widely inclusive and features numerous consultative meetings with youth organizations, youth organizations, youth wings and others citizens' associations; consultations with representatives of the municipalities of the City Skopje as well as focus groups with individual youth. The Strategy is expected to be finalized by the end of 2020.