“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.