Terms of Reference
Company / individual(s) to conduct a two-day training on Green Deal Initiatives for partner organizations of Save the Children in Kosovo and support to design campaign initiatives on climate change awareness
Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization for children. We work in around 120 countries to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
Save the Children in Kosova/o works on direct interventions and the establishment of good practices, capacity building of civil society and local duty bearers to respond to the needs of children. We also advocate for legislation and policies that will incorporate inclusive practices and have appropriate financial mechanisms to support systemic responses and therefore achieve long lasting positive changes for all children.
II. General information on the project
The project “Regional CSO Strengthening 2017-2021”, implemented by Save the Children in Kosova/o and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is a regional replication of its sister project in Kosovo, which aims ensuring children's protection through establishment of responsive Child Protection (CP) systems and supporting Child Rights Governance (CRG) systems and mechanisms to be put in place regionally, namely in Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia and Macedonia. These efforts are mirrored in the main project objectives:
- Children are protected by a responsive child protection system, supported by a strong legislation.
- Systems, structures and mechanisms for implementing children´s rights are in place in program countries and governments are including CSOs’ and children’s’ voices in these processes.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) includes the right of all children to live in a clean and healthy planet, a protective and caring environment, to relax, play, and enjoy cultural and artistic activities, and to enjoy and respect the natural environment. Despite significant progress over the last decades, too many children worldwide still suffer from or are at risk of environment and climate crisis. Through EU Green Deal, the aim of European Commission is to make Europe climate neutral by 2050, to boost the economy through green technology, create sustainable industry and transport, and cut pollution. One of the key actions by European Commission is to create space for children to become active participants of the European Climate Pact through pledges or by becoming Pact Ambassadors.
As per the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and in order to support CSO partners to implement the EU Green Deal initiatives in their countries, Save the Children in Kosova/o is seeking for a company/Individual(s) to:
- Carry out a two- day training on EU Green Deal initiatives for CSO partners from Kosovo, Serbia and Republic of North Macedonia
- Support CSO partners from Kosovo, Serbia and Republic of North Macedonia to design a shared, regional campaign with nationally-focused campaigning actions with children.
The outcome of the training is a stronger understanding of the EU Green Deal by targeted CSO partners and child-led campaigning supported by targeted CSO partners in each respective country. These actions are to be linked to the action areas of the EU Green Deal and will be directed to respective national governments in Kosovo, Serbia and Republic of North Macedonia for prioritizing environmental protection and climate change.
The training is to be held in English language. It is expected that the developed campaigns reflect national priorities/issues on envirornment protection and climate change.
The selected company/Individual(s) will be using online platforms to deliver the training in English language. It is expected to have an interactive approach in delivering the training.
V. Tasks, responsibilities and timeframes
The assignment must be carried out during May 2021. The assignment is considered final once the training is completed and participants undergo the evaluation/certification process.
ANNUAL REPORT ON
THE WORK OF THE MEGJASHI’S SOS HELPLINE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
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Prepared by Violeta Ilioska, SOS Helpline Psychologist and
Jordanka Cherepnalkova -Trajkoska, SOS Helpline Coordinator
This report has been financed by the Government of Sweden. Responsibility for the content lies entirely with Megjashi. The Government of Sweden does not necessarily share the expressed views and interpretations
The First Children's Embassy in the World Megjashi - Republic of Macedonia and the team of the SOS helpline for children and youth, would like to express their sincere gratitude to everyone showing trust in us during this specific year for all humankind, by addressing us regarding problems affecting the children and youth. We are grateful that we are recognized as a place where everyone can be heard, understood and advised and thus enabling us to fulfil our mission as an organization, which is to create a better world for every child.
Special thankfulness is to be given to our past and present volunteers who selflessly dedicate their abilities, knowledge and time in the work of the SOS helpline.
Our appreciation is also directed to our collaborators that we addressed during the support of our callers for a more suitable advice, support or solution. Without intending to overlook anyone, we give our thanks to the Coalition for Fair Trials, the Macedonian Young Lawyers Association, the Hope Crisis Centre, Mother Teresa’s Order of the Missionaries of Charity, the Public Institution - Inter-municipal centre for social work (JUMCSR) Skopje and especially to the intervention team, the Sector for Internal Affairs Skopje, the Sector for Internal Affairs Ohrid, and the Ombudsman.
Alternative report of non-governmental organizations on the state of children's rights in Macedonia
Macedonian National Coalition for the Rights of the Child
Skopje, October 2020
At the very beginning, as a reminder, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted by the UN General Assembly on November 20, 1989, entered into force on September 2, 1990, and was ratified by Macedonia in 1993. In front of you is the Alternative report of nongovernmental organizations on the implementation of the CRC in Macedonia in the period from 2010 to the first half of 2020. The report was prepared by the informal coalition of NGOs - Macedonian National Coalition for the Rights of the Child, joined by few other orgnisations that are not yet members of the Coallition. The Coalition was established and coordinated by the First Children's Embassy in the World Megjashi.
In 2010, after reviewing the second periodic report, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child published the Concluding Observations for the State, in which it indicated everything that needs to be done to promote the rights of children in Macedonia. After receiving the concluding remarks, the Children's Embassy Megjashi together with some of the member organizations of the Coalition monitored the level of implementation of the recommendations of the Committee and during 2020 conducted an online survey with over 30 organizations and generated data that helped obtain an objective picture with regard to the situation with the rights of the child in Macedonia.
What we consider especially important is that children and young people were actively involved in the preparation and implementation of the online research for children, as well as in the preparation of a separate Children's Alternative Report on the state of children's rights.
It is important to note that this Alternative Report is a result of the multi-year efforts of the Coalition member organizations in monitoring the implementation of the CRC. In addition to the reports prepared in previous years, this report includes additional data, key information from NGOs in areas for which the state report does not provide enough information, in areas which are not covered, or areas which, in opinion of the NGOs, are covered, but are not entirely accurate, as well as suggestions and reccommomendations. The report provides an overview of the state of play with the implementation of the Committee’s recommendations 10 years after their adoption.
Gordana Pirkovska Zmijanac
First Children’s Embassy in the World Megjashi
Skopje, October 2020
LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE REPORT
This report represents an overall consensus of opinion of the NGOs and informal groups that contributed to this report. It does not necessarily represent in all respects or detail the views of every organization/group. Thanks to the following organizations/groups for sharing their experiences to inform about the preparation of this report:
Association “Emotionally Healthy Childhood”
Association for Democratic Initiatives - ADI
Association for Psychological, Special Education and Speech Therapy Services "Center Savant"
Association for the Rights of Children and Youth with Special Needs “Lastovica”
Association „MIR“ Skopje
Association of Citizens for Promotion and Protection of Spiritual and Cultural Values LEGIS Skopje
Association of Citizens for Supporting of Marginalized Groups "Roma Resource Center" Skopje
Association of Parents of Children with Rare Neurological Diseases (Rett Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, etc.) KOKICINJA Skopje
Center for Intercultural Dialogue
Centre for Human Rights AMOS Bitola
Citizens' Association RUBIKON - Skopje
Citizens’ Association UNITED WE STAND TALL Skopje
City Red Cross of Skopje
Civic Initiative for Joint Custody
Clean Air Movement
Coalition All for Fair Trials
Coalition of Youth Organizations SEGA*
Defense for Children’s Rights (DCR)
Family and Childcare Center - KMOP Skopje
Foundation for Education and Cultural Initiatives "Step by Step"-Macedonia
HERA – Health Education and Research Association
IMPETUS - Center for Internet, Development and Good Governance
Macedonian Young Lawyers Association
Mother and Child Movement
National Alliance for Rare Diseases in R.Macedonia - NARDM
NGO United by Heart Stip
Open Gate-La Strada Macedonia
Polio Plus – Movement Against Disability
Resource Centre for Parents of Special Needs Children
ALTERNATIVE REPORT ON THE STATE OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS IN MACEDONIA – FROM CHILDREN’S PERSPECTIVE
First Children’s Embassy in the World Megjashi – Republic of Macedonia
FOREWORD The report was written by a team of children, aged 12 to 17, who accepted the First Children's Embassy in the World Megjashi's invitation to participate in this process. These pupils and their schools are part of Children's Embassy Megjashi's activities within the Let's Take the Rights in our Hands Project, Empowering Child’s Strengths for Violence Prevention Project and the Peace Education Programme, through which they have previously obtained key knowledge on children's rights. The preparation of this report was organized into two phases: research phase and report writing phase. During the research phase (May-July 2020), a nationwide survey on the state of the child rights was designed and conducted, providing data on various aspects of children’s lives in the country, the problems they face and the things they think should be improved.1 The survey was disseminated online in both Macedonian and Albanian language, and it was completed by 1077 children aged 12 to 17. Total of thirty pupils from 11 primary and secondary schools in Veles,2 Vinica,3 Gostivar,4 Debar5 and Skopje6 participated in the design, piloting and dissemination of the survey. Out of this group of pupils, thirteen decided to participate in the second phase, i.e. the preparation of the report. Within the second phase (July-October 2020), a number of online meetings and workshops were held, enabling the children to further develop their knowledge on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn about the reporting process before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
28 YEARS OF EXISTENCE AND WORK OF THE FIRST CHILDREN’S EMBASSY IN THE WORLD MEGJASHI - 28 YEARS OF MORE RIGHTEOUS WORLD FOR THE CHILDREN
The First Children's Embassy in the World MEGJASHI is the oldest civic organization in the Republic of Macedonia to protect the rights of the child, established on 29 April, 1992 by Gordana Pirkovska Zmijanac and Dragi Zmijanac. Megjashi advocates and protects children's rights, stands for responsible parenthood and respect for the child's personality. Megjashi continuously works on the strengthening of the civil movement for children’s rights and functionality of the institutions in the best interests of the child. Embassy promotes peace activism and volunteerism, developing active citizenship based on the principle of nonviolence.
With its activities Megjashi has contributed to the development and strengthening of the civic awareness for the children's rights. It has broken the silence of children's suffering, especially physical, sexual and economic abuse of the children, revealing many cases of abuse to the public and directly engaging in establishing effective mechanisms to protect the children.
As a result of the extremely dedicated and hard work during its 28 years of existence, Megjashi has grown into a worldwide known and recognized organization for children’s protection and children's rights in general.
In the previous period (1992-2020) the Embassy pursues its activity acting in the following areas: psycho-social, legal and other kinds of assistance to children who need help with a particular emphasis on the marginalized groups of children; monitoring of the children's rights and promotion of the rights of the child in the Republic of Macedonia and abroad; taking initiatives to promote the legislation to protect children in the Republic of Macedonia and its implementation, as well as activities for peace building and nonviolent conflict resolution. These domains remain of primary interest in the following period.
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE AND POSITIVE PARENTING/GUARDIANSHIP
Every Home is a University and the Parents are Teachers - Mahatma Gandhi
The children are not safe, neither in their schools, nor after they leave the school yard
Interview with Dragi Zmijanac - Director & Founder of the First Children’s Embassy in the World Megjashi
Newspaper VEST, Saturday’s issue - May 7, 2016
The children are not safe, neither in their schools, nor after they leave the school yard.
A four year old child forgotten and locked in a kindergarten, parents protesting against the violent behavior of a student - are the two cases which brought up the subject of children’s safety in their schools and outside. How to protect themselves from the aggressive behavior of their schoolmates; does the system provide programs and solutions for this problem - explains Dragi Zmijnac, the President/ CEO of the First Children’s Embassy in the World Megjashi.
THE FIRST CHILDREN’S EMBASSY IN THE WORLD TO BE THE NUMBER ONE TRUSTED AMONG CITIZENS IN MACEDONIA
According to the citizens, the first place, with most voices with positive opinion, belongs to the First Children’s Embassy in the World Megjashi, the same as the previous researches made in the years of 2007, 2008 and 2010.
The First Children's Embassy in the World Megjashi Quality Management System which fulfills the requirements of the following standard
Partnership for reconciliation through early childhood education and development in Europe - PRECEDE.
Introductory presentation of the regional conference program Partnership for reconciliation through early childhood development and education in Europe
Today, February 28, 2013, at the Journalists' Club in Skopje, the First Children's Embassy in the World Megjashi - The Republic of Macedonia held the opening Conference in order to promote the new program Partnership for reconciliation through early childhood development and education in Europe.
The conference aimed to give an overview of the activities that will happen within the program over the next two years, both on national and regional level.
Presentation of the Report for the situation of the children’s rights in Republic of Macedonia, prepared by Macedonian National Coalition of Nongovernmental Organizations for children’s rights.
The Macedonian National Coalition of Nongovernmental Organizations for children’s rights (informal coalition), coordinated by the First Children’s Embassy in the world Megjashi, on Thursday, 07 June 2012, at 10:30, at the offices of the First Children’s Embassy (str. Kosta Novakovik 22a, Skopje) organized a press conference for Presentation of the Report for the situation of the children’s rights in Republic of Macedonia for the period from June 2010 to December 2011, prepared by a group of Nongovernmental Organizations.
Report for the situation of the children’s rights in Republic of Macedonia, prepared by Macedonian National Coalition of Nongovernmental Organizations for children’s rights.
The report for the situation of the children’s rights in Republic of Macedonia, is prepared by the Macedonian National Coalition of Nongovernmental Organizations for children’s rights (informal coalition), consisted of 14 Civil Society organizations. This coalition is formed on 13.11.1997 and is coordinated by The First Children’s Embassy in the world Megjashi.
CHILDREN’S EMBASSY MEGJASHI – 20 years growing with the children
The children recognized us and entrust us with the need to protect and defend them. We spoke publicly for many problems they are facing and increased the public awareness about the importance and the necessity of respecting the rights of the child
There are no longer taboos and silence about the plight of children
Under the motto "20 years for children," the First Children's Embassy in the World “Megjashi”, celebrates the 20th anniversary this year. Established in 1992, the Embassy was initially formed as a group of citizens in order to help the refugee children affected by the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but the challenges did not stop there ...
The high penalties can not stop the pedophiles
Skopje, May 9th – These days the registry for pedophiles should become operational and will display the convicted pedophiles from Macedonia on the Internet. The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs prepared a list of seventy pedophiles that the citizens can view online, through the website: www.stop-pedofilija.org.mk. It will also include photos, names and surnames of the convicted pedophiles. On the site can be found lessons, advices and guidance for victims and their parents.
Interview with Dragi Zmijanac, the first person of the First Children’s Embassy in the World Megjashi
Newspaper VECER 22 MAY 2012 No. 14996 Journalist Stefan Rashkovski and Ognen Cacarevic
Life imprisonment and chemical castration for the paedophiles!
Dragi Zmijanac is the head of the First Children’s Embassy Megjashi for several years and has taken the burden of fighting for the rights and protection of children in Macedonia. With his team and the modest resources and legal tools available they managed to change the public awareness in the country and to convince and educate the children that they have their rights and that there is always someone to protect them.