On 14th of October at the hotel Best Western Skopje, Coalition SEGA organized promotion for the results of monitoring on the implementation of the Convention on the rights of the child in the Republic of Macedonia for 2013. The monitoring was implemented with the support of the Children Foundation Pestalozzi and the office of UNICEF in Macedonia.
During the promotion, The Executive director of Coalition SEGA, Zoran Ilieski, indicated that main recommendation is the institutions from the educational system to undertake steps for training of the educational staff, respectively the rights for child discrimination.
When it comes to the participation of the children in schools it is always taken in consideration that the students are asked about non-essential questions, like questions connected with planning of excursions, but the students are never asked about questions regarding their interests and the decision making processes in the schools. That is a fact which is based on the existing of the school structure; therefore there is a need for creation of organizations where the students together with their professors will participate in the decision making processes, emphasized Ilieski.
The recommendation of the research is at local, school and regional level, even at state level, that reforms for education need to be created, where the forming of the school organizations should be compulsory, therefore this school organization will guarantee the student participation in the future decision making processes. These changes will lead to forming a national union of high school students that will be a national partner about agreements, negotiations for any reform that is happening in the education.
Vaska Bajramovska – Mustafa, Deputy Public Ombudsman for children rights has indicated that within the Office of the Public Ombudsman there is a special department for protection of children and persons with special needs, which should be the place where children will come and express their attitudes and considerations regarding the respect and disrespect of the human rights.
Violation of the rights of the child is everywhere, starting from the family rights, in the education, in the part for health protection and of the persons with special needs and disabilities.
The Public Ombudsman appeals and calls all the authority organs to have in their interests the rights of the child and its participation in the decision making processes, the children’s opinions to be heard, as a result of the written Convention on the rights of the child, considering the age and the maturity of the child – emphasized Vaska Bajramovska – Mustafa.
During the visits of the primary and secondary schools and the conversations with the children, without attendance of the professors, about their considerations and opinions for their rights and obligations and what they would change in the schools, the children speak open and freely.
But, unfortunately, the real conclusion is that children are not enough informed about their rights. They don’t make a difference between their rights and obligations, and are not informed about the mechanisms for protection, therefore they are discouraged to request for protection, because in the most part the conversations that we lead are showing that “we are not asked about anything”, although the most part of what is really happening in the education should concern us – indicated Bajramovska Mustafa.
The process of monitoring has been implemented within the project “Implementation of the Convention on the rights of the child” aiming to determine the condition with the implementation of the children rights in Macedonia at local and national level. The data were collected at local level in 14 cities in Macedonia (Skopje, Kumanovo, Tetovo, Gostivar, Debar, Struga, Resen, Prilep, Bitola, Kavadarci, Stip, Vinica, Gevgelija I Ohrid) and 17 rural areas (Tabanovce, Mala Rechica, Zhupa, Mavrovi Anovi, Rostuhe, Debarca, Vevcani, Krivogastani, Zhvan, Rosoman, Karbinci, Blatec, Miravci, Sopishte, Aracinovo, Carev Dvor I Ilinded) and at national level including national institutions.
The Coalition of youth organizations SEGA in cooperation with the Peace Corps volunteers in Macedonia implements the Macedonia Model United Nations (MMUN) programme supported by the US Embassy in Macedonia. The MMUN Programme aims to strengthen the capacities of young people in Macedonia in advocacy, lobbying, diplomacy, conflict resolution, public speaking and writing.
So far three national conferences of the United Nations Model were organized in Macedonia (2012 - 2014) and we are starting with preparations for the next 2015 MMUN Conference. Aiming to increase the participation and representation of the youth organizations of Macedonia in this programme SEGA announces call for team leaders.
Main responsibilities of team leaders include:
All interested candidates for team leaders should fit the following criteria:
All applicants are required to submit:
Representatives of member organizations of SEGA as well previous participants in the MMUN 2012, MMUN 2013 and MMUN 2014 will have advantage in the selection process.
Selected applicants will participate in Training for team leaders that will be organized in the period of 31 October – 02 November 2014.
For any additional information related to this call please contact with:
Monika I. Kantardzioska
tel./fax: 048 429 390
mobile: 077 762 767
In occasion of Children’s week, in the period of 06 – 12 October 2014, Coalition of youth organizations SEGA, will organize different activities in Prilep, Strumica, Tetovo, Kumanovo and Kavadarci. These activities are organized within the project “Promotion of children’s rights and intercultural communication”, which aims to promote the rights that the child shall enjoy during its childhood and personal development, as well as the needed protection that must be provided by the State and the institutions for a happy and healthy childhood.
On 8th of October 2014, activities were organized in Kumanovo and Strumica. The activity under the title “Children’s train” was organized in the center of the town in Kumanovo, which aim was to increase the child activism in the community for promotion of the children’s rights. While, in Strumica, an event under the motto “To bring back the life of Children’s games” was organized with children aged 8-16 years. Through children games, and through questionnaires, the children collected data for children’s rights which were printed in a special brochure.
The following activities within the Children’s week will be organized on 10th of October in Prilep and Kavadarci and on 12th of October in Tetovo.
The activities in occasion of Children’s week are organized within the project “Promotion of Children rights and intercultural communication” that Coalition of youth organizations SEGA implements in partnership with Majka – Kumanovo, Council for prevention of juvenile delinquency – Kavadarci, , Macedonian Center for civil education – Skopje and Center for education and development – Tetovo, with support by the Children Foundation Pestalozzi.
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