Youth building peace” (01.06.2019-30.11.2019)
The overall objective of the project is nurturing and empowering youth to be advocates of peace and social life for positive changes in their own community.
Specific objectives of the project are:
-Building the capacities of young people for peace and reconciliation
-Creating a Peace Center for research and future peace activities
-Resuming social dialogue and bridging divides through two sports tournaments
-Bringing together people from different ethnic groups through art and social activities
Through the implementation of the project activities, the following results were achieved:
-24 trained youth peace ambassadors
-Raised awareness about existing cultures in Macedonia and improvement of multi-ethnic relations through art V
-Transformation of 3 murals from hate into peace messages
-Organized two sports tournaments
-Established Peace Center that offers opportunities for youth to be engaged in activities that promote peace and active citizenship.
“How High School Money is Spent on Public Procurement”(September 2019-March 2020)
The main goal of the project is to be analysed the normative acts of the Legislation as well as monitoring the Public Procurement of the secondary schools in Tetovo for the period January – December 2018.
The study of the done monitoring with the key findings will serve in order to increase awareness among the students, their parents and their teachers about how the schools spend the money of the high school students.
The project is supported by the Open Society Foundation Macedonia.
"For critical thinking youth" (01 November 2019 – 30 April 2020)
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the development of critical thinking in the Polog region through the education of youth for media literacy.
The project intends also strengthening the capacity of young people to identify media manipulation and hate speech, raising public awareness of professional standards and the ethics of journalism, improving cooperation with local media and secondary schools in the municipality of Tetovo and publishing a guide on media manipulation in which there are guidelines and methods on how to organize activities from youth for youth in relation to media manipulation.
The main activities of the project are:
- Workshops with young people from Polog region
- Online campaign for professional ethics standard journalism
- Production of short informative videos
- Preparation of a guide on media manipulation
- Closing event
The project "For critical thinking youth" is financially supported within the The Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens - CriThink project, financed by the European Union and implemented by Metamorphosis Foundation partnership win Eurothink-Centre for European Strategies.
"Effective employment opportunities for the youth" (01.09.2019-29.02.2020)
The overall goal of the project is to contribute for youth employment by professionaldevelopment of youth and promotion of vocational education.
1. Improvement of youth capacity.
2. Promotion of vocational education as an easier way of employment.
3. Improvement of cooperation between business community, higher education institutions and non - governmental sector.
4. Elevation of awareness and information of youth with available opportunities of employment.
Long term results
- Better capacity of youth of municipality Tetovo for writing CV and motivation letter, and skills for finding a job.
- Highlighted youth work experience by practice work on companies.
- Elevated awareness on students of 9th grade on the value of vocational education.
- Elevated awareness on youth for employment opportunities.
- Recommendations for decreasing of unemployment of youth.
This project is financed by the European Union and co-financed by the Balkan Trust for Democracy
“Youth is Change for Accession to the European Union”(01.11.2019-30.06.2020)
The main objective of the project is to support the accession processes of the Republic Northern Macedonia in the European Union, by observing implementation of the recommendations in Chapter 23.
KF1: 3 Strengthening the capacities of young people in the field of justice and fundamental rights as well as EU values or short term
KF2: Encouraging active participation of young people in the North Macedonia in building democratic processes like a precondition for northern Macedonia's EU integration.
KF3:Raising public awareness by promoting findings Len related to the implementation of the recommendations of Chapter 23 on monitored institutions.
Through the implementation of the project, the municipality of Tetovo will have the opportunity be more informed about the process of accession of RSM to the EU and on EU values, the roles that it will play in the development of the EU our state. Young people will build their capacities connected with the judiciary and fundamental rights as well as being active engaged in the creation of regular democratic processes. Institutions under public pressure will be effective activities for the benefit of all citizens and the process of integration into European Union.
- The results of the project are:
- Raised awareness among youth and citizens of Tetovo municipality for the importance of the accession of RSM to the European Union
- Young people will actively contribute to the implementation democratic processes in our country and implementation the recommendations of the European Commission.
- Informed citizens about the values of the European Union
- Building Youth Capacities in Areas: Governing law, judiciary and fundamental rights
- Raising awareness among the citizens of the Municipality of Tetovo, at young people about the importance of RSM integration into the EU and the benefits from here.
The project is supported by the Open Society Foundation Macedonia.
"Wake UP! - Young Europeans becoming Change Makers for a better Europe", (01.02.2019-31.07.2021)
Current developments across Europe show a striking increase in populism, nationalism and a growing fear of terrorism and crime fueling xenophobia and islamophobia, as well as racism and antisemitism. A negative attitude towards refugees, migration and integration is more and more becoming “normal”. Also, citizens’ growing alienation and disillusionment with mainstream politics is increasing, while a decreasing sense of empowerment is driving many people to lose faith in “the system” and towards extreme political choices. Euroscepticism is increasing, whereas trust in EU institutions has declined. These developments show the immediate need for a change: in order to cater to these needs, partner organizations from 8 European countries have created the consortium “Wake UP! -Young Europeans becoming Change Makers for a better Europe”.
The project consortium aims at equipping trainers, teachers, educators and youth workers/leaders/peer-educators with innovative approaches, methods and tools to respectively empower young people to become more active in society.
Thereby, the following outputs will be produced over the lifespan of the project:
- Pedagogical Guidelines: “WAKE UP“ for a train-the-trainer training and a peer education training and implementation guideline
- Curriculum and training concept: "Active Citizenship: awareness raising and activation of young people
- Curriculum and training concept: "Democratic Citizenship": value mediation for young people
- Training and curriculum concept: "European Citizenship: establishing European values and committed EU citizenship among young people
- Training and curriculum: "Informed Citizenship" - How to foster critical thinking, responsible handling of personal data and ability to find reliable information in the context of internet and social media
EU-Program: Erasmus+, KA205 - Strategic Partnerships for youth
Coordination: Gemeinsam leben und lernen in Europa e.V. (Germany)
Duration: February 2019 - July 2021
“My Municipality – a friend of (the) youth! ”, (01.01.2019 – 30.10.2019), The overall goal of the project is to support and encourage youth activism and youth participation in the process of adopting making decisions through an online tool and through their participation in the representative body of the youth in the Municipality of Tetova.
The project will take place in the Municipality of Tetova and the targeting group of this project are the young people from the municipality of Tetova, representatives of the Local Youth Council and local civic organizations.
Through this project we expect to be established a working group for creating a strategy for the work of the Local Youth Council of the Municipality of Tetova and the same strategy to be developed, creating an online tool for professional and personal development of young people, improved capacities of the representatives of the Local Youth Council and the youth, improved cooperation between local civic organizations and local self-government and increased participation of youth at the local level in the decision making processes and creating youth policies.
This project is supported by Macedonian Young Lawyers Association within the frames of the project “Legal aid and support for strengthening capacities for advocacy and sustainability for local civic organizations”, funded by European Union.
“The power of youth voice in the Polog region ”, (08.10.2018-08.05.2019), The main aim of this project is to contribute towards youth activism in order to influence the participation of young people in the public sphere in the Polog region.
Through different activities will be improved the capacities of young people and also will be promoted their talent, by giving them a space to express their creative thinking.
"Club of young emerging leaders" will be the leading activity. Through the nine week lectures and initiatives driven by the youngsters themselves, they will learn how to be effective leaders and contribute towards social changes. We are focused primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which we belong.
This project is supported by the European Union in the frames of the project “Changes for sustainability”- a project implemented by the Konekt in partnership with Apollonia Foundation and the Center for Tax Policy and financed by the European Union.
“The Youth of Euro Atlantic Macedonia ”, (01.06.2018 – 31.12.2018), The main aim of this project is to inform the youth about the process of Macedonia’s integration in NATO and about the values of the NATO.
Through the project activities, young people will have the opportunity to get more informed about NATO and also have the chance to discuss with other key actors.
The project will take place in the Municipality of Tetovo and will involve the youth of this municipality together with representatives of the local government, professors, experts and other actors.
Through this project, we will be able to raise the awareness of young people and state institutions about the importance of young people in promoting Euro-Atlantic values.
This project is supported by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia.
“CSOs impACT for youth”, (01.09.2018 – 31.08.2019), The overall aim of this project is to activate the civic organizations in the field of youth in order to contribute to youth activism and to influence the improvement and implementation Local Strategy for Youth in the Municipality of Tetovo. Furthermore, the project’s specific goal is to increase the commitment of CSOs for analyzing, monitoring and advocating for young people in the process of creating and making decisions. Multikultura looks forward to implementing the existing strategy in partnership with many local organizations as well as the wider community who participate in the support of young people in our municipality. Also, Association Multikultura will contribute in the formulation of the new Local Strategy for Youth in the Municipality of Tetovo 2020-2022.Through the project activities, we will be able to identify the real needs of the young people in the Municipality of Tetovo, and in the end to formulate recommendations that will be delivered to the Municipality of Tetovo, in order they to be addressed in the new strategy for the period 2020-2022.
The project is supported by the Youth Bank Hub for Western Balkans and Turkey.
“Vocational education leading to employment ”, (20.05.2018-20.03.2019), is a project that is expected to improve the capacities and oppurtunities of high school students from the textile school “Gjoce Stojcevski” in Tetovo. It has been noticed from the previous implemented activities within other projects that the students are disappointed because their talent is not sufficiently promoted and do not know about the ways in which they could earn their labor and talent. Furthermore, the project wants to address the problem with small promotion of the talent of the high school students and the problem with the small number of students enrolled in the secondary vocational schools which contributes to the shortage of labor. Through this project, specifically through project activities such as workshops for writing CV, motivation letter and preparation for an interview, but also through a blog development workshop or online advertising of their products, we want to help them in building their capacities to improve their life, and contribute to the promotion of their talent. As a great importance will be considered the collaboration with the business community in order to make them familiar with the talents of high school students in the textile school and have the opportunity for future possible employment.
This project is supported by Foundation Open Society Macedonia.
“Youth activism through strengthening of civil society organizations ”, (01.02.2018- 30.09.2018), is a project that aims to raise the engagement of the civil society organizations to contribute towards youth activism in the Municipality of Tetovo.
Through this project we will identify the needs of the young people and contribute towards improved cooperation between the local authorities and civil society organizations.
This project is supported by Foundation for Sustainable Economic Development "PREDA Plus" in cooperation with its German partner Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB), within the frames of the project "Improving the Macedonian CSO’s active participation in decision-making process through the empowerment of grass-root CSO’s”.
“Inclusion of young Roma”, (01.02.2018 – 31.08.2018), is a project supported by Roma Resource Center and KMOP Macedonia. The main goal of the project is to increase the inclusion of Roma children in the educational system and to strengthen the collaboration between CSO that work in this field and the local self government.
Expected results of this project are:
-To increase the number of Roma children in the education system
-To increase the collaboration between CSOs and the local self government
-To raise awareness among Roma parents about the significance of education
-Publication with recommendations for increased inclusion of Roma children in education system
“Building youth leadership through youth transformers action”, (September 2017-June 2018) The main aim of this project is to train young people in leadership skills and empower them to take actions in areas relevant for themselves and the society as a whole. Besides training we will support the young participants in assessing their own needs and developing effective solutions to these needs.
The project will result in making young people ready to take the lead in creating their own future. These trained youth will initiate activities to further promote their rights as youth and their capability of judging what is right and what is needed for them in the society. Engaging young people in the complete project cycle will help nurture and encourage emerging youth leaders to learn, to lead, and to identify areas where their rights can be further supported or enhanced by their actions, as well as areas that may be of interest for future careers. Furthermore, inclusion of youth in implementation activities together with the community provides them with enhanced self-esteem, connection to peers and communities and a positive self-identity, all of which reduce vulnerability to joining violent movements or other destructive behavior.
This project is supported by NCBI.
“Youth empowerment through Practical Work in vocational schools”, (September 2017-March 2018) The aim of the project is to help students from professional high schools find a vocational training institution (private company) where they can gain the practical skills required and foreseen in the educational programs of the professional high schools, which – although obligatory – are however in most cases not arranged by the state.
In this project we will work together with schools and private employers in order to create links between the students of these schools and the private business sector.
This project is supported by NCBI Switzerland.
“Diversity Week”, (01.05.2017-31.05.2017) is a project supported by the Ministry of Culture. The main aim of this project is to build bridges between different ethnicities living in our city and to bring them together. The target groups of the project are the youth and the citizens living in our city. Through different activities we promote the different values of the cultures living in these cities, and the aim of these activities is to bring together the youth and to help them to overcome the prejudices and stereotypes. Also we give the chance to young talented students to express their talent in different fields. Through this project, young people learned how important is to respect each other values and culture, and the negativity that stereotypes and prejudices can bring.
“Free Legal Aid – Challenges and Solutions”, (01.06.2016 – 01.02.2017), supported by the European Policy Institute, Skopje and Network 23+, identifies the problems and challenges of the associations in giving free legal aid and how the same to be overcome. The target groups of the project are: authorized associations for giving Free Legal Aid, regional offices of Ministry of Justice and Citizens of Republic of Macedonia. The main results to be achieved are: the identified problems the associations are faced with while giving Free Legal Aid threw interviews and questionnaires conducted with 15 representatives of the associations and the regional offices, as well as more than 1000 citizens and proposing adequate mechanisms and recommendations for improving the current situation.
“Institutional Grant” (01.04.2016 – 31.03.2018), which is supported by CIVICA Mobilitas Program through Macedonian Center for International Cooperation. The main aim of this program is to support the civil society in order to promote social change in strategic areas such as developing the sector and the programs of working as well as capacity building of the CSO. It also promotes thoughtful institutional development and organizational strengthening CSO. It simultaneously aims at contributing to our development as a civil society sector and strengths the cooperation and raise partnerships among CSO. Within a period of two years we aim that actively engage in achieving positive social changes in our community.
“Urban, rural-gymnasium or professional high school” (01.02.2016 – 30.05.2016), within this project we have promoted the cooperation among youth of different groups. Also, we have helped the young people to articulate their own ideas and spread what they think in public without censured themselves to report their own fears, concerns and experiences on different issues. They understood that all of their Peers depending their origins or school type or success, they all are equal; they are adolescents and have the same rights and opportunities.
“Our city, our voice” (01.01.2016 – 30.06.2016), Multikultura and NCBI started by selecting 30 interns who attended a workshop in order to be informed about the work of the municipality in general and what they are going to be faced with. They did mini-internships in different sectors in the Municipality in order to learn something about their work, procedures and how they deal with their employers.
“Entrepreneurship Platform for Economic and Social Inclusion from Minority Groups” (14.12.2015 – 14.08.2017), is the project implemented by Vocational and Educational Training Center in partnership with Macedonian Development Center for Civil Organizations, Roma Community Center (DROM) and Multikultura. The overall objective of the project is Enhancement of the level of economic and social integration of unemployed women from minority ethnic communities, in particular Roma, Albanian and Turkish communities, through opening regional training centers aimed at long-term education, pre-qualification and development of personal skills. It also improves and strengthening the relations between the offer and the demand of workforce; supports and enhances personal capacities and possibilities for employment and self-employment through increasing the level and acquiring appropriate practical skills, creates a system for continuous training of specific target group aimed at development of professional skills according to previous identification of the real needs of employers; raises business community awareness regarding the professional capacities of this category of people for the purpose of improvement of the economic condition of the regions; stimulates the institutional cooperation between NGOs on one side and governmental institutions on other side: Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy and the Employment Agency of Republic of Macedonia at local and regional level. Beneficiaries of the project are unemployed women from minority groups – Roma, Turkish, Vlach, Bosnian, Serbian and others and also Macedonian and Albanian, at the age of 18-25.
"Promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities" (01.09.2015 – 30.05.2016), with the main goal to increase the awareness of PWDs and their parents about their rights and institutions which are obliged to protect the rights of these people. The activities within the project were divided in two big components: delivering free legal services to PWDs and their parents and implementing activities with PWDs from the Day Care Center Tetovo and Gostivar. The project was funded by Abilis Foundation.
“Equal chances for all” (01.02.2015 – 30.06.2015), was another successful project implemented by Multikultura in cooperation with the Sector of the public affairs within the Municipality of Tetovo and the five high schools in Tetovo in 2015. The purpose of the project was to analyze the effects of rural and urban environment on school success. How does this factor affect the further development of youth, first in terms of their success in school programs and then also in their emotional perception and expectations for life in general. Often when talking about success in school or regarding cultural development in our country, there is an assumption about differences whether one originates in the village or city. To shed light on this dynamic, the following activities were organized: evaluation/rating of school success, workshops on evaluation/rating of different school types, including methods of surveying and publishing a brochure. It was discovered that school success is not strongly based on rural/urban differences, but that which school type is judged as successful varies strongly based on rural/urban and ethnic differences.
"Confection and design - a challenge for the young generation" (01.01.2015 – 30.06.2015), the aim of the project was through an innovative approach to enable cooperation between High Technical School Gjoce Stojçeski (the fields of apparel and design) and manufacturing enterprises that through textile cluster development activities and teaching methods, to organize competitive production and development of branded / own product as and positive promotion of the sector as a creative branch that needs to attract and create new and more creative generations. The project was funded by the Ministry of Culture, Sector for European Integration, cultural policy and creative industries.
“The voice of youth” (01.01.2015 – 30.09.2015), elaborated several topics, such as youth empowerment and public information regarding current youth issues. During the four workshops participants exchanged information about relevant social issues and sought solutions, learned how to participate in social and political life in an active way. They also learned about political decision-making and communication and to enhance their communication and organizational skills. During the focused workshop “Communication for impact”, they acquired tools and techniques on how to use communication in order to achieve visibility for a specific cause and how to articulate their goals and positions. The TV emission was a particular success as well. It was a project financed by NCBI.
“Youth interethnic initiatives in secondary education” (01.03.2014 – 30.07.2014), the main aim was to involve the students in the creation of proposals to the decision-making structures in secondary schools in Tetovo, which would then serve as a model in other schools in Tetovo. The youth used methods of advocacy and lobbying for their rights and obligations in secondary schools; proposed initiatives and monitored the impact of decision-makers towards more responsibility for the secondary schools in Tetovo; established trained team within secondary schools, with an organizational structure that will continue to work on creating proposals from high school students to decision-making structures of the school and created new best practice adjustments which can be used in other schools.
"Roma Children have rights – and fight for their rights" (01.02.2014-30.06.2014), was implemented by Multikultura in cooperation with NCBI Switzerland. The goal of the project was to increase the awareness among Roma pupils about their children rights contained at the Convention of children`s rights. Planned activities in the project were meetings between mentors and Roma pupils where trough game they learned about their rights as well as their obligations. Through informative brochure all children regardless of their ethnicity learned about their rights. Diversity day was the place where children showed what they have learned at the meetings with their mentors. The project "Roma Children have rights – and fight for their rights" was supported and financed by SAJV East Project.
"Disseminate your knowledge, increase youth participation at the community!" (01.01.2014 – 01.06.2014), was a follow up activity to the previous Trainings for trainers organized by Multikultura and NCBI in the past 7 years. Young certified trainers traveled around Macedonia in different cities in order to hold workshops to students from other cities and to familiarize them with NCBI`s methods of reducing prejudices and stereotypes as well as peaceful conflict resolution. During the workshops trainers visited different institutions in order to compare their work and to make conclusions about their weak and strong sides of work. The project "Disseminate your knowledge, increase youth participation at the community!" was supported and financed by SAJV East Project.
“Youth Activism Leading towards Coexisting of Diversities in the Community” (14.12.2012 – 15.01.2014), was implemented by Multikultura and WCI Antiko and funded by the European Union. The main goal of this project was to contribute towards improving the role and activism of young people in the field of multiculturalism. The activities strengthen the capacities of young people and motivated them to improve their inter-ethnic coexistence in the community, as well as to become active stakeholders in overcoming the prejudices and stereotypes. The project results included: strengthened knowledge and skills of young trainers and high school students for practicing the multiculturalism in their communities, increased visibility of youth activism, established cooperation between youth groups and relevant subjects, multiplication of the best practices and positive experiences in the communities – raised initiatives for effective implementation of the Strategy for Integrated Education. Furthermore, the schools as a target group of the project as well, continued to be initiators and supporters of the process for incorporating the multiculturalism in the plans and programs of the schools.
Roma minorities in our community. The objectives of the project were: raising awareness of the Roma community on the importance of education for Roma children; raise awareness of the success of Roma to serve as role models for other Roma children; improvement of school lives of about 60 Roma children; reduce prejudice against Roma and promote integration in the society. During the course of one year, we worked with 60 Roma children as part of the mentoring project and helped them create a safe and promising entrance into the school. These children were accompanied by successful Roma youths and learned to believe in themselves as well as develop interest in the school material. They were able to talk with the mentors about their professional aspirations and their future plans and were encouraged to believe in their dreams. Neither Roma parents, nor the school authorities had taken much care of the education of these children. State statistics, as well as investigations by NGOs and international organizations, show how much Roma are disadvantaged in education. The focus of the project was also to improve the access of Roma children to education. The human right to education was actively promoted by helping Roma children effectively achieve better school performance in order to gain better chances of higher education. Raising awareness of the Roma parents led them to send their children to school and not to deny them the right to education and not to force them into child labor or begging.
“Jobs instead of corruption” (01.01.2011-30.06.2011), was a successful implemented project for youth access to employment funded by NCBI. The objectives of the project were to increase awareness on the issue of corruption and provide concrete support on how to defend oneself; promoting voluntary work as part of fairness and solidarity, rather than the corrupt society, with young people as the best example; recognition of numerous internships for students in the last year of study; young people learned how to successfully find a job (application training). We were able to provide a total of 8 internships, 5 of them in NGOs and 3 in business. Unfortunately, the cooperation with the companies proved to be more difficult than expected and we could not provide the desired numbers of internships. Through this project, young people learned how to protect themselves from corruption, facilitated direct access to work by providing qualitative internships for young people, which gave them valuable work experience and enabled them to enter a permanent position. In the second application process, the participants learned to create professional application documents in order to improve their chances on the labor market.
“Mentoring of Roma education" was a very successful project, which continued for three years in a row” (2009, 2010, and 2011), a NCBI project the main goal of the project was to increase the quality of knowledge among Roma pupils in different subjects such as: mathematics, Albanian language, Macedonian language and science. The mentors led weekly classes and regularly organized meeting with parents and teachers in order to compare their progress and inform them about their success, as a result of their commitment.