Digital inclusion can overcome barriers for inclusion in the society

Already a partner for the previous five editions, Open the Windows (OtW) is the Macedonian national partner for Get Online Week 2017 as well.

For the GOW17 campaign in Macedonia, Open the Windows will organize public events, presentations, debates that will involve various stakeholders.

Promotion and Partners

The main partners for the GOW in Macedonia:

  • Ministry of Information Society and Administration;
  • Directorate for Personal Data Protection;
  • iVote Foundation;
  • Metamorphosis–Foundation for Internet and Society;
  • Primary and secondary schools in Macedonia.

OtW will invite primary and secondary schools to organize activities for promotion of the importance of digital skills. They will also include institutions through public events to discuss the importance of digital inclusion. They will inform organizations working with young people with and without disabilities about the campaign and will make an effort to include them in activities that will promote the importance of digital inclusion.

In partnership with the Ministry of Information Society and Administration, all 22 public internet cafes throughout the country will support the campaign by posting the mini-survey and organizing various promotional activities.


Based on the last year’s success of the workshop on Internet safety in collaboration with the Directorate for Personal Data Protection, this year OtW will try to involve more young people in their activities.  They will include young persons in discussion on Cybersecurity as well as discussions on the challenges they face using Internet. OtW will invite students to make accessible and easy to read materials and videos on Internet safety, and they also plan to engage students from the Faculty of computer science and engineering to work with young people and find e-solutions.


OtW will organize meetings and a debate with representatives from the ministries and government institutions and persons with disabilities and civic organizations on the need of accessible e-government services. Together they will try to detect e-services that need to be improved to make them accessible.

Employment and Entrepreneuship

Open the Windows, as a partner in the USAID project Social Inclusion Through Technology, is working on providing online training programmes for young people with disabilities. The training programmes include 10 online trainings in soft skills and 10 online trainings in IT skills. During the Get Online Week, Open the Windows will promote the online trainings through case studies.

OtW will promote the Skillage, as it is translated now in Macedonian.

With all the activities, Open the Windows will engage 3,000 and reach 50,000 people.

Contact: Mrs. Magdalena Dimkova-Velevska, Special Educator