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. 

The most important results in the past 28 years:


1992 – 1997: During the initial stages of the crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina, First Children’s Embassy appealed for support and organized sheltering of the children refugees, directing them in destinations in foreign countries, and providing humanitarian aid and creative activities, thereby aiding around sixty thousand refugee children.


1993 – 2007: The Embassy established the first round-the-clock SOS telephone line for children and youth and psychological counseling in the Republic of Macedonia. In 2005 we got the telephone number 0800 1222 by the Macedonian Telecommunication and in that way we enabled the children to have free phone calls.


1994 – It started with lobbing for ratification of the Hague Convention for civic – legal aspects of the international kidnaping of children. In 1995 this Convention was ratified by the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia.



1996It started a lobby for establishing the institution of Children’s Ombudsman. In 1999 the Republic of Macedonia established the Ombudsman’s office acting upon children rights.


1997 - The Embassy Megjashi was an associative member of the Defense for Children International and formed the committee of DCI in Macedonia. In 1999 this Committee was registered as a separate NGO supporting the children’s rights – Association for Protection of the Children’s Rights.


1997 – 2002 - The Embassy established a Macedonian National Coalition for Children’s Rights (28 NGOs) with a Secretariat in the Embassy Megjashi.This coalition sent an alternative report about the situation of the rights of the child to the Committee for the rights of the child in Geneva.


1999 -  The First Children’s Embassy, acting as the national coordinator, joined the family of Global March Against Child Labor, having an action for raising the public awareness against the exploitation of the children’s labor, and inclusion of the children in education.


1999 – 2000 – The Embassy Megjashi gave support to the children refugees from Kosovo giving them a protection on psycho-social area. It covered all the camps in Macedonia where there were children refugees from Kosovo.


 2000 – 2001 – It campaigned to ratify the Convention 182 and the Recommendation 190 for emergency elimination of the worst forms of children labor. In 2002 the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia ratified these documents.


2001-2006- A shelter-housing crisis struck children has been established, housing 16 dislocated persons from the village of Arachinovo, 8 of which are children. Three of them were bourn in the shelter. They are still in our shelter.


2001- The Embassy Megjashi won the award for civil society and democracy, for its lasting contribution to establish democratic society in the Republic of Macedonia. The award has been granted by MCIC.


2001 – 2004 - The Children’s Embassy Megjashi formed the Alliance of children organizations in the Republic of Macedonia and created and published the first CODEX of NGOs for the rights of the children in the country.2001 – 2002: The Embassy Megjashi started an initiative to alter tax laws related to non-for-profit organizations, popularly named 1%.


2002 – 2006 – It started a program for non-violent conflict resolution in secondary multiethnic schools in the Republic of Macedonia.


2004- The Embassy published the book “Children’s rights protection” as a review of the condition of children in Republic of Macedonia where the author Milica Paneva suggested certain recommendations and summary suggestions for improving the condition in which are the children in Macedonia.


2005 – It realized a world campaign for including the children in schools “Global Campaign for Education”, as well as a training for non-violent conflict resolution where participated teachers and students from many multiethnic secondary schools.


2006 – The Embassy completely furnished a flat which is a living place for four youths Fatima Aydar, Aleksandra Spasovska, Sanja Spasovska and Nadira Bayramovska until their 26 of age. The flat was given by the Ministry for Labor and Social Policy and its furnished was financed by the Project for municipality development (PMD) from the Ministry of Finance.


2007 | Embassy began the year with the campaign "Stop the violence over children" and "Have you hugged your child today?" This was a reaction to the recent beating to death over a 3- year old and six months old child. As a result of the increasing number of reporting violence to 20% of the total number of reports of cases on our SOS helpline for children and youth 0800 1222 which is free for all children in Macedonia.


2008 - Megjashi began the struggle against pedophilia, incest and sexual abuse of children in Macedonia. Made numerous reactions, demands for accountability and written complaints to the Ombudsman, the Attorney General for contempt and violation of children's rights. It started the initiative to increase the penalties for these crimes to a minimum of 15 years to life in prison. The efforts of advocacy and lobbying for stricter punishment of pedophiles were accepted by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic and the penalties for sexual abuse of children by pedophiles increased to a minimum of 10 years in prison.


2009 - Within the project "Building a Culture of Child Participation", financed by the EU and co-financed by UNICEF were organized numerous trainings, workshops, summer camps and other forms of encouraging children and youth to actively participate in making decisions that are in their interest, and to initiate positive social change. In the final phase of the project was organized "First National Conference on Child Participation" which was organized and led by the children themselves.


2009 - On the occasion of the World Campaign for Education on 22 April on the square in Skopje the children marched with banners inscribed with messages for the right of all children to education and literacy. Fifty children had a meeting in the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia with the members of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science and Sports and the Minister of Education and Science. The children talked and asked questions about education and the efforts of the institutions for inclusion of all children in education.


2010 – The Children’s Embassy initiated and organized a preparation of a Children's Alternative Report in collaboration with children members of 7 local partner organizations. In the same report the children expressed their opinions on a range of issues and made recommendations to improve the situation of the children in the Republic of Macedonia. This was the first time in the Republic of Macedonia children to prepare their report and it to be presented to the Committee on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations. The same year, the Children’s Embassy Megjashi organized a preparation of an alternative report by the National Coalition for the Rights of the Child which was established by Megjashi in 1997. In preparing of this report 21 civil society organization participated.


2010 - On 3 February, 2010, on the 54th pre-session of the Committee for Children's Rights at the UN in Geneva, three representatives of the National Coalition for Children's Rights (23 NGOs) presented the Alternative reports on the state of children's rights in Macedonia before the Committee members.

Two children representatives had a special meeting with the Committee members where they presented their Children’s alternative report - prepared by the children themselves.


2011 – In the research intended for "Trust in the civil society" and "The Knowledge and opinions of the civil society organizations" the First Children's Embassy in the World according to respondents of the surveyed citizens is on the first place in terms of the confidence of citizens, second as an example of the most successful organization and second by degree of the awareness of the citizens with its existence and work.


2012 - The problems that young people face after leaving the institutions for care of children and youth without parental care have been a motif for the First Children Embassy in the World – Megjashi in the last several years to initiate activities in supporting the resolutions of these problems. This year, activities for psychosocial and educational support for the orphaned children continued. We, also, made efforts to encourage socially responsible companies in Macedonia to employ them and give them an advantage, and if it is not possible at least to ensure equal opportunities for them in employment.


2013 - The First Children's Embassy in the World Megjashi, as in the previous surveys (2007, 2008, 2010) is ranked first in the ratio of positive opinion of the citizens to CSOs. The report was commissioned by the project "Technical Assistance for the Civil Society Organizations (TACSO)" financed by the European Union and prepared by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC).


2014 - The strong representation, advocacy and lobbying of the First Children's Embassy Megjashi for stricter sanctioning of sexual criminals, pedophiles, especially to children under 14 years, work out. The Parliament accepted and incorporate our recommendations with amendments in the Criminal Code. What we stood for was accepted, a drug therapy or chemical castration, a minimum of 15 years to life imprisonment.


2014 – The First Children's Embassy in the World Megjashi is the first civil society organization in the Republic of Macedonia that received the certificate ISO 9001: 2008 for quality system of management.


2015 – The First Children's Embassy in the World Megjashi supported many civic initiatives: the secondary school plenum, a group of Associations to support children and adults with health problems and support the civil initiative group of parents introducing 50/50 split equally, joint or shared custody and joint responsibility of both parents for proper growth and development of their children after a divorce.


2016 - In September 2016 the First Children Embassy in the World Megjashi launched a campaign to raise the awareness about the importance of the introduction of education for peace / peace education in the educational institutions in the Republic of Macedonia. The campaign was an opportunity to mobilize the public because the peace education is based on the need for prevention of violence and the prevention of possible new clashes. Placing the peace education as an integral part of education, starting from preschool and up will result in the reduction of violence in schools and strengthening the capacities of teachers and students in terms of overcoming conflicts, working out the same in a non-violent way.


2016 - Shocked by the consequences resulting from the flood in Skopje and the area around Skopje, as well as the fact that among the victims there were children, the Children's Embassy Megjashi appealed and informed that all its activities redirected to the aid and support for the children affected by the floods.

In elementary school ,,Cyril and Methodius "in the village of Stajkovci the Children’s Embassy Megjshi PHI the University Clinic of Dermatology opened a medical center where children were checked up and were given proper medical care. The volunteers continuously carried aid, talked with the parents, demanded for evacuation, provided medical teams, made lists of children and called them for examination at pediatricians’, all in order to influence preventively, to avoid epidemic or even other suffering, particularly among children.


2017 – The First Children's Embassy in the World Megjashi supports the civil initiative – The Adopted children have the right to know who their biological parents are. The position of the Children’s Embassy is that the children need to know their parents. It is necessary to amend the Family Law, which will allow the adopted children to know their genetic origin, because it is an essential element of the identity of the adopted children.


2017 - To support and raise the public awareness, especially among the younger generation about the situation of their peers from Syria and all refugees in general, as well as the highlighting of the need for solidarity and assistance to people suffering from war, the Association of Citizens "Legis" and the Children's Embassy Megjashi launched the campaign "Macedonia with love for Aleppo" in February 2017.

In 2017, The First Children's Embassy in the World Megjashi, concerned by the enormous air pollution in Skopje, and the consequences that come from it, began to alarm the situation in which we are and that this risks the fundamental right of the child - the right to life.\

2018 - In February 2018, the First Children's Embassy in the World Megjashi together with Arigatou International held a conference on topic  "Mobilizing Religious Communities to End Child Poverty and Violence against Children"The First Children's Embassy in the World Megjashi launched a campaign against bullying with the motto "The words hurt also". Billboards with this slogan were put in several cities in the country. Awareness of violence and recognition is only the first step towards addressing this problem. Children's Embassy Megjashi wants long-term and adequate strategies that build schools (and society) intolerant to violence.

2019 - March 27, 2019 CHILDREN’S EMBASSY MEGJASHI PROMOTED THE MANUAL FOR POSITIVE PARENTINGIn the manual we highlight the key aspects of what is meant by positive and responsible parenting. March 27, 2019 - The First Children's Embassy in the World "Megjashi" promoted the publication "Towards Peace Education", which aims to contribute to the increase of knowledge for the Peace Education Program.

2020 - Coronavirus COVID – 19This crisis is particularly difficult for us today because we cannot work on the field, directly with children. This crisis requires us to distance ourselves from the outside world and find creative solutions of how to maintain the warmth of human interactions while being socially distant. How to help someone from home, but also directly, in the field when it is necessary, how to find out who needs help? And every day we discover that we can, that we are here for each other, that Megjashi's work continues, whatever the circumstances.Due to the state of emergency, the First Children's Embassy in the World MEGJASHI provided:- protective equipment for medical personnel working with children;- humanitarian aid in food and hygiene products for marginalised groups;- educational contents intended for the youngest with the mascot of Megjashi “Bushavko” (Britsly – Shaggy);- started a platform / FB group on the topic "HOME TOGETHER" in order to encourage creative and quality time spent with children in a state of pandemic. We continuously remind that isolation due to coronavirus is an opportunity for adults to use their time with their children in an interesting manner, filled with creative and educational contents, in order for children to feel supported, to understand the information they hear more easily, to be informed accordingly at their age, but not being overwhelmed by everything that happens. We want to encourage to sharing games, knowledge, humour, songs, drawings, short videos, photos... To show how one can be creative and fun, even if they are staying at home.




We hope and wish that there are no crises in the future, that people will responsibly and lovingly take care of the environment and take care of each other, especially of children, and that we will build the spirit of solidarity and mutual understanding with all our might.

Within the Week of solidarity with the children of refugees from Syria (from 27 February, 2017 to 3 March, 2017), through a number of activities in schools, the children and young people were presented of how to help people in distress, how to organize charity and other forms of expressing solidarity, developing empathy, initiative, humanity and many other values ​​that we want to support among the children. Part of the campaign was aimed at raising funds from citizens and businesses, as a symbolic aid from the citizens of Macedonia for the children refugees from Syria. These activities were made in Skopje, Veles, Gostivar, Debar and Tetovo.


A quote of the Charter of the First Children’s Embassy in the World – Megjashi


“"Children are a special nation. Children are not national and religious leaders. They are a nation who have never carried out any revolution or counterrevolution, nor wage a war. Children are neither class nor nation issue: children are a question above all questions. They are a nation that suffers the most in war clashes and human tragedies. CHILDREN ARE ONLY CHILDREN. ALL IDEALS IN THE WORLD ARE LESS IMPORTANT THAN THE TEARS OF A CHILD".



The First Children’s Embassy in the World – Megjashi

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