Networking Days for CID Macedonia
In 2012, NGOs in FYROM/Macedonia united in the initiative Republika Mladi/Youth Republic developed a discussion with the youth and the youth organizations for mapping the priorities, problems and needs of young people. These consultations shaped the need and led to the opportunity for creating a National Youth Council. The coalition contacted the European Youth Forum asking for support, which later on resulted in the implementation of the “Networking Days”. Therefore, the event that took place between the 25th and 28th of October in Dojran, saw 36 youth organizations coming together with the aim to discuss and define a model for a national youth organization – the National Youth Council (NYC) in FYROM/Macedonia.
During the event, the participants opened the discussion on the situation of youth organizations and shared their will for collaboration and networking. The guests, experts – representatives of youth councils and the European Youth Forum contributed with reviews and analysis of the models of youth councils in Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia and other countries. Through open discussions and working groups, ideas and recommendations for a National Youth Council in line with the needs of the youth in our country were developed.
To further define the action plan and organize the Founding Assembly of the NYC, the participants formed an Initiative Board consisting of 17 organizations. The outcomes developed during the Networking Days will be further elaborated and shared with the youth organizations, institutions and international organizations.
Working towards this goal, the Initiative Board will be organizing consultative meetings throughout the country with the youth and the youth organizations. This way, even those unable to take part in the Networking Days will be able to offer their opinion and actively participate. The consultative process will also include all the relevant institutions in the country. This project is supported by the European Youth Forum as a representative youth body on a European level and the initiative will be open for consultations and support from the national agencies and relevant Ministries for its further activities.
Centre for Intercultural Dialogue