SKOPJE, 26 April 2019 – Young people and mentors who participated in the national Youth Challenge competition, together with UNICEF and Tamara Todevska, Eurovision 2019 national representative, celebrated the success of teenagers from North Macedonia winning global recognition for innovation to end violence. Representatives from private sector – potential supporters of youth innovative initiatives in the country - and members of the diplomatic corps joined the certificate award ceremony.
The team - “AndroMeta” - will receive expert mentorship and $20,000 in seed funding to scale up their initiative - a mobile app “Speak Out” designed to build a community of support for victims of bullying. Read more here.
“People are talking about “AndroMeta”. Other teenagers are asking how they can join the next youth challenge. This is in fact the best possible outcome of their global success – the inspiration they give to other young people in North Macedonia to engage and through collaboration tackle some of the biggest challenges facing their generation and create a better world for themselves,” said Mr. Benjamin Perks, UNICEF Representative.
“Proud’ is a song for everyone that has been told to put their head down. It is for everyone embracing their greatness and believing in themselves. In essence it is about bullying so I am really proud to be here to show support to “AndroMeta” and to their goal to end bullying. Believe in your abilities and embrace your potential! Then you can make a difference, even a miracle,“ said Tamara Todevska.
The Youth Challenge is part of the global Generation Unlimited initiative launched by world leaders including the UN Secretary General, António Guterres and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, together with UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore to get every young person between 10 and 24 years old into school, learning, training or employment by 2030.
To find out more about Generation Unlimited visit www.generationunlimited.org
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.mk.