North Macedonia Participates in This Year's EU Code Week

Skopje, September 4th, 2019

Since last year, the Ministry of Information Society and Administration, in cooperation with Foundation Metamorphosis, has been actively supporting EU Code Week (EU Code Week 2019) organized each year in October at various locations in several countries in Europe and beyond.

This year as well, North Macedonia will be an active participant in EU Code Week, which is to be held from 5th to 20th October. EU Code Week is an initiative supported by the European Commission that has been launched in 2013 and aims to enhance digital skills across Europe.

A total of 25 089 events with over 1 million participants have been organized in 52 countries across the world as part of EU Code Week 2018.

Last year, over 130 Macedonian schools with more than 5 000 participants have joined this idea. This increased the interest in students and in teaching staff to develop digital skills.

"We continue this successful story this year as well. I encourage all teachers working on development of digital skills to join this European initiative. By registering an event in your school, you contribute to raising awareness in youth to develop digital skills, as an important strategic goal with a view to motivate youth to stay in the country and to secure dignified life thereof. North Macedonia is already part of Digital Europe", stressed Minister Manchevski.

Any teacher from primary and secondary schools in North Macedonia can be part of EU Code Week, by registering 1 lesson (as extracurricular activity or as curricular activity) that would be held within EU Code Week.

How to be part of EU Code Week?: http://events.codeweek.eu/guide/

A lesson related to programming should be registered by registering a teacher, educational institution and date and time on the official website, which requires creation of username and password.

Application link: http://events.codeweek.eu/login/?next=/add/

All applicants that will organize and hold a lesson within EU Code Week will be awarded with participation certificate.

Additional Opportunity to Support Projects of Civil Society Organizations and Schools (Deadline: September 8th)

As part of EU Code Week, Foundation Metamorphosis has announced a public call to award grants in the amount of 300 EUR from the programme "Meet and Code“ for a total of 40 events/projects. Civil society organizations and schools may apply for the grants.

The underlying aim of Meet and Code is to acquaint children and youth aged 8 - 24 with the world of technology and programming. The events are organized to show youth how interesting and fun can programming be and how it could help them bring their ideas to life. They should learn how technology operates and how IT affects everyday life. By researching a wide spectrum of digital topics and topics related to technology and creative programming, they would be encouraged to develop digital skills needed for the modern world.

Event ideas can be submitted online on the website https://meet-and-code.org/mk/mk/ by September 8th the latest. Organizations may submit several different event ideas. Each event idea qualified as acceptable will receive a grant of 300 EUR to organize the event. Potential events include hackatons, programming workshops, lectures, film events, competitions, programming nights, robotics lessons etc.

In that, applied participants would be able to compete for a prize at European level in one of the following four categories: Girls do IT!, Diversity, Code for the Planet and Code for Your Community.  More information on awards within "Meet and Code“ are available on the following link: https://meet-and-code.org/mk/mk/award2019

Ministry of Information Society and Administration