12th of August, the International Youth day will be marked with a series of events. There will be two panel discussions that will take place in “Public Room” starting 18:00 hours.

The Director of the Agency for youth and sport Darko Kaevski and Dragan Atanasov from the Youth Work Union will address the first panel discussion on the topic “Youth centres”.

The second panel discussion will address the topic “Inclusive and Transformative Education”, and the following speakers will take part: Natasa Angjeleska from the Foundation Open Society – Macedonia, Martin Miloshevski from the National Youth Council of Macedonia and a representative from the Ministry of Health.

The International Youth Day is also marked by the International Youth Council of Macedonia, which at the moment is working on opening a new hub in the centre of Skopje. Here, starting November new trainings for three levels of digital skills will be held. This will be done in cooperation with Macedonian Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies – MASIT.

Research from the project “The Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens – CriThink, implemented by the foundation “Metamorphosis” and “Eurothink” shows that only one percent of the young in our country try to discover whether news or other media content contains disinformation. “Metamorphosis” in its future activities will include the young in the fight against disinformation and in its mission for initiating activism for democracy in our country.

In the framework of celebrating the International Youth Day, the Youth Educational Forum (MOF) is organizing a five-day youth academy in Dojran. It will last from the 12th to the 16th of August and 100 young people from Macedonian towns, will participate. This academy in an alternative way will transfer contents that are not at all or only marginally represented in the formal education in the country. This will include media literacy, argumentative expression, European Union institutions and high school participation and organization.

The date August 12th has been declared an International Youth Day by the United Nations. It was first celebrated in 1999 as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and problems facing the young population in the world.