The School for Young Leaders is a project of the President of Republic of Macedonia Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, primarily initiated in his electoral program, following his idea and vision to enable the young, talented and ambitious people from Macedonia to upgrade and improve their skills, to develop their creativity and managerial capacities.
The School was organized for the first time in late August 2010 in Ohrid, while the second generation of young leaders attended the training from 22 to 30 August 2011. In total, there were 80 participants in the two trainings, all of them young people coming from all over the country, with different academic and professional focus, but willing to develop their leadership skills and capacities, and to contribute for the future positive development of the society and the environment they live and work in.
The mission of the School is to stimulate the positive values of the young intellectual elite and future political, cultural and economic leaders of our country, moreover to develop their capacities to take on the challenges emerged with the global technology, international competition and cultural and religious diversities.
This program includes lectures and trainings from the areas of leadership and management, given by prominent lecturers and guests coming from top educational and professional institutions, politicians and parliamentarians from European countries, ambassadors, ministers, presidents of successful companies and business groups. The participants not only have the opportunity to hear their presentations and lectures, but also to discuss with them on various topics, to encourage their own notions and views and press them forward.
Through lectures, simulations, real examples, illustrations and practical exercises and trainings, the students are given the opportunity to become familiar with the practices of business leadership, political and military leadership. The vision of the School for leaders, as a training center with high standards and a responsibility for integration of the modern political, scientific and technological knowledge and skills, is based on the respect for the basic human values. Furthermore, its mission is to establish a new model in the leaders' education, advancement of their personality and leadership skills, that will create a felling of responsibility and a reaction towards their surrounding in their living and working environments.
The realization of the School is completely supported by the private sector, through donations. In 2010 and 2011, President Ivanov's School for Leaders was supported by: Makstil, Elem-Elektrani of Macedonia, Alkaloid-Skopje, Mikrosam, TGS Technical Gasses- Skopje, Makprogres, Tehnometal Vardar, ASSECO SEE-Skopje, Stopanska Banka-Skopje, Macedonian Telecom, Vitaminka, Tikvesh Vinery, Pelisterka, Macedonian-Turkish Chamber MATTO, AD Vardar Osiguruvanje, Turkish Airlines, IK Bank, Embassy of USA in Republic of Macedonia, and the Foundations Konrad Adenauer and Friedrich Ebert.
Henrik Ibsen, a Norwegian playwright, said "A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm..." In order to have future helmsmen ready to take over the helm, it is of utmost importance that investments should be made in their development and education.
As we build religious temples to inoculate our spirits, as we invest in our children's education to elevate their minds, as we invest in young managers and entrepreneurs to deal with the contemporary problems of governance and management, as we invest in our athletes to jointly celebrate their achievements and feel their victories as ours, as we invest in our historians in order not to forget the past and, as we invest in the science so to create a brighter future, we should invest in young leaders to successfully lead Republic of Macedonia on a political, economical and cultural plan.