AmCham Macedonia Summer 2018 (Issue 58) - Page 10

Cover Story widening quality gap on an international level, leaving the country close to the bottom. In 2014, 25.7% of young people aged from 15 to 19 reported that they wanted to leave the country. I recently read statistics that the number of students enrolled in sec- ondary education has dropped by 17.5% in 4 years (2013 – 2017). Brain drain is one of the biggest challenges we face, but so far no strategy has been implemented to pre- vent or slow down the process. The latest reports from the State Statistical Office show troubling data – every fifth newborn of Macedonian citizens is born in a foreign country. This is very much connected with the perceptions of youth and the negative expectations for the future. Most of them believe that the education system is not preparing Summer 2018 / Issue 58 them for the labor market. This has been a hot topic in the business sector for several years – some efforts have been made, but on a small scale and with little impact. So, it’s not surprising that 43.9% of the surveyed young people believe that ‘connections’ (nepotism) is the most important factor for employment, ‘political affiliation’ comes second, and ‘education’ is only third according to the youth study by Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Obviously, there is an urgent need for smart and impactful solutions that will offer opportunities for young people to develop transferable skills and entrepreneur- ial thinking. Adolescents should be the driving force for change and the rise of entrepreneurship – but we need to act strategically in order to provide opportunities for them to flourish. The Adolescent Brain UNICEF Representative to Macedonia, Benjamin Perks, has spoken on several occasions on the importance of the adolescent brain development. Neuroscience and psychology show that this is an important period, char- acterized by a period of emotional spark, social engage- ment, novelty seeking, and creative exploration. We now know that the brain undergoes substantial developments in early adolescence, which affect emotional skills as well as physical and mental abilities through the whole life. Evidence shows that when adolescent girls and boys are supported and encouraged by caring adults, and have access to policies and services attentive to their needs and capabilities, they have the potential to break long-standing cycles of poverty, discrimination, and violence. When given the opportunity to work in a team 10 AmCham Macedonia Magazine persistently through a challenge, they channel that energy and develop social and emotional character like optimism, growth mindset, integrity, and public service e ѡ̸)͍́͡ձ݅ɔѡЁѡȁɅ́) аЁхѱ䰁ѡ䁹Ѽ܁չȴ)хѡȁݸѼՕѡ̸͔ѕ)ѡЀ؁啅́ȁٕ̰ѡͭ́ݔٕɥ)͍ݥɥȁɔѥѡѡ)ݔɸЁ䁽ѡȁѥ)eչ͡ձeЁ՝ѼѡɥЁд)ɵ́Ѽѡȁ̰ɝ䰁䁙ȁ)مѥЁѡѼ͔ȁѡЁѡͥ)͕ѽȁȁͽ䁅́ݡ]ѡ)ɽѡЁݥЁ䁥Ց́չ)́ͥЁѡЁݥͼͥѕЁՑ)ȁх̰Ցѡ͕ͥ́ѽȸ) =YHMQ=Id)MյȀ%Ք)UAM!%PL5ѡѡЁ!́eѠɥٔM )U9% ͔ѹ͡ݥѠѡ5䁽Ս)ѥMѡչȁ%مѥQ)ٕаɕѱ䁱չمѥٔ)ɽɅȁͽɕɕ͡ѼɅѡՅ)Սѥ光䰁ɔəɵ)QɽɅUAM!%ṔЁ͕ͥЁѽ̰)ЁɅѡȁѡ䁅ɽѼѕɥͭ)ٕЁѠݕɵи)ͥɹɔͽɥ́ȁݥѠ̴)ѥ́ɕեɕɕɑՑ)ѕɅɔȁՑ쁅ɕͥ݅єՔ)䁵Ёɕ͠յѽٕ쁅)љɴݡɔ͍́)剕ȁձݥѠѡȁ́卡̸)Q͔ɔ䁄܁́ѡЁݕɔѕ)ѡɽ՝ѡUAM!%PɽɅѡٔ)ͽЁɕٕͥ呅䁥Օ́ѡ)չ䁙̸ ЁЁѡ́ٔͥ́ѕ)ѥ́ݕ)Q-ͽټ%مѥ1ЁѡU9% ո)䁽́ѡѡUAM!%PѡɽɅ)ɕѱ䁉Ёѡ]ɱ éMѥ̀ЁeѠ)嵕Ёљݥѡ́Ս̰UAM!%P)͍́ݥѠ܁́ѥ)ѡɽɅ݅ѡЁ́ѡȁչ䁍ѕи9ܰ)ݔɔѥUAM!%PѼѡ́ѡՍѥ)ѕѡչ䰁ɽ٥مѥٔ)ɽ䁕ѕ̰եѕ̰)͕Օѱ䁡Ցٕ́ɕɕȴ)̸ͭ)́ȁՕ͍́ɥѡɥ)ѥUAM!%Pqѡɔ́ѡɔхѡ)ٕѥѡѥ́ɕѥٔ)ɝѥѠѡȁɵѥٔ啅̸UAM!%Ṕ͕Ѽ)ٔչɕЁɵձѡɽ՝́ѥɽt)QɽɅ́ͽمѥݽɭ͡)ݥѠѽ̰͡ѕɥ̰͕չե)չݥѠѡͭ́ɕ͕́ѡ䁹Ѽ)ѥɽ́́ѡȁչѥ̃L)ɕєɕɕɥͽѥ́Ѽɕ́ѡQ)չѡ͕ٕ́Ёɽեͭ́)ɕͥѡݥȁչ䁉́ɽѡ)ͽѥ́ѡЁɔɕѕQɽɅ́ѕ)ѡɽ՝͕ٕɅх͍́ɥܸQȁѡ)ЁUAM!%P危݅́ɕѱՉ́͡)չѥMѕȀ)1ӊé͍ٔЁɅ́ɔѡɕͽɍ́Ѽɕ)ѡȁձѕѥչ͠ѡɕѥ٥䰁مѥ)ɕɕɥѡѡЁѡ䁅ɔݥɕȸ)=ȁչ́ѼѡɅѕ䁙ȁѡ)ɔQ䁹́ѼɅє͕䁽ɽɄ)ѕэQɽ́ݔɔɔձѥ)ͥЁͽٕݔѽѡȁ́ͽ)ɥٔ݅ɐȁUAM!%Ṕѥչ)ѡɥٕˊé͕и) 55饹(