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Republic of North Macedonia

Republic of North Macedonia

6. Education and Training

6.9 Awareness-raising about non-formal and informal learning and quality youth work

Last update: 31 March 2022
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  1. Information providers / counselling structures
  2. Awareness raising initiatives

Information providers / counselling structures

As part of the awareness–raising about non-formal and informal learning the Center for Lifelong learning organizes the manifestation “Days of lifelong learning” on a regular basis since 2002. The manifestation encompasses activities like public debates, trainings, conferences and cultural events, with the aim to promote the concept of lifelong learning and raise the awareness of the citizens about its importance. “Days of lifelong learning” is also a national education campaign that aims at fostering the realization of the idea for lifelong learning. The event is not particularly intended for young people, and it target all persons over 18 years of age.

Main information provider for non-formal and informal education funded by the state budget is National Agency for European Educational Programmes and Mobility. The Agency is publishing information and open calls on their web page. Occasionally, the Ministry of Education and Science is also publishing some information for non-formal educational opportunities for youth, but most of the information providers are coming from the CSO sector and are not funded by the Government.

Awareness raising initiatives

In North Macedonia there is not systematic approach aiming to raise awareness about the importance of non-formal and informal learning.

Yet, in the past few years’ state authorities started to support some concrete initiatives. Thus, in March 2018 started the first phase of the project “Education for Employment” which will last at least till February 2022. The project is implemented by the Helvetas Swiss IntercooperationMacedonian Civic Education Center and Economic Chamber of Macedonia in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy as well as other relevant ministries, state institutions, high schools, municipalities, private companies and CSO’s. General aim of the project is to increase the number of young people who will find good job as a result of strengthening formal vocational education and non-formal education. Main target groups are: under and unemployed youth aged 15-29 including vocational education and training students, as well as reaching out to women, Roma and persons with disabilities.

The latest, 48nd edition of the magazine "Face to Face" is for development partnerships and positive change, but the 42nd edition together with the social network campaign was for the perspective of education that will create generations of values, in which teachers will continuously develop professionally and will create classes that will stimulate students' curiosity, motivate and build them into individuals, human capital that will move society forward towards sustainable development.

In 2020 magazine “Lice v Lice” inspired by the COVID-19 crisis organized an online conference where as the main speaker was the Minister of Education and Science, Mila Carovska where the participants directly suggested how important is to adapt the methodology from non-formal education into the formal educational system.