Online panel discussion: What do we know about our youth and what will the census bring for them?

In the framework of the regional conference Sustainability of (youth) organizations during pandemic and post-pandemic, organized by the Youth HUB Network in the Western Balkans and Turkey, within the Project WB&T for EmploYouth,  on March 10, 2021 Mladiinfo International organized an online panel discussion on the topic: What do we know about our youth and what will the census bring for them?

The speakers who attended the online discussion were: Gjorgji Tasev, Special Adviser for Youth and Sports in the Government of North Macedonia, Apostol Simovski, Director of the State Statistical Office of North Macedonia, Albert Hani, Director of the RICO office in North Macedonia and Dimitar Nizamovski, Executive Director of Youth Educational Forum. Additionally, more than 20 young people, as well as representatives of other youth organizations and the media, participated through the open space for questions and answers.

Some of the speakers shared the same view that creating quality youth development policies with census data will be the key benefit for the young people from the census.

“The biggest beneficiary of the benefits of this operation should be the young people. This data should be used to create development policies. “This can not happen immediately, but the young people should feel it, in different areas such as economy, education, health,” said the director of the Statistical Office, Simovski.

Nizamovski from the Youth Education Forum directed his presentation on presenting the work of the youth sector and its contribution to research and data collection, as well as the limitations and challenges faced by civil society organizations in obtaining data and information and preparing research.

After a brief presentation on RYCO’s work and mission, Mr. Albert Hani emphasized the importance of having the updated statistical data about the young people.  When we started with the field work, we saw the need for what we are talking about today, statistics data that will give us a direction to create our policies that will be appropriate to the dreams of young people in the region, said mr. Hani from RYCO.

The moderator of the event was the country manager of the Western Balkan and Turkey for EmploYouth project, Marjan Icoski from Mladiinfo International. The panel discussion was organized within the Regional Conference on: Sustainability of (youth) organizations in pandemic and post-pandemic period, by the WB&T for EmploYouth project, funded by the European Union. The project is implemented under the leadership of the Ana Foundation and Vlade Divac from Serbia, in partnership with the Prima Association from Montenegro, the Mladinfo International Education Association from Northern Macedonia, Albania Partners for Change and Development from Albania, the Community Volunteer Foundation from Turkey, through The Youth Hub for Western Balkans and Turkey.