The Foundation Agro-Centre for Education – FACE is non-profit organization founded in 2006 as a Centre of excellence for development of human resources in the areas of agriculture, food production, environment protection and rural development in Macedonia and the region. FACE’s education services satisfy the needs of the farmers, experts, industry managers, policy makers, civil servants and the NGO sector in Macedonia and in the region in areas of agriculture, food production, environment protection and rural development. The aim of FACE is development of the agriculture in Macedonia and the region, trough capacity building, based on non-formal and formal education. FACE contributes towards strengthening the influence of the education over the sustainable agriculture, environmental protection and rural development, trough implementation of advanced educational programs in the non-formal and formal education. FACE’s multiple tasks: 1. To insure equal access to knowledge for farmers, adjacent industries, government and local administration, entrepreneurs, advisory services in agriculture, experts from private and non-governmental organizations, students, FACE employees and especially, but not exclusively, to the members of the rural communities; 2. To connect education and research, with emphasis on the promotion of innovative and applicable mechanisms; 3. To support of local capacity building, by education and training; 4. To foster larger number of users; 5. To implement university programs and programs from other local and foreign educational institutions; 6. To actively work on adjusting the educational programs to the needs to the market economy rules, labor market needs and public administration; 7. To mobilize and receive funding, from internal funds or from outside sources, for educational projects and services; 8. To help in creation of stable environment for development of non-formal and formal education in the field of agriculture; 9. To create a network of cooperation with local, regional and international organizations, as well as support of all inter-institutional cooperation and coordination. FACE is based on flat structure with a governing body (Boards of Trustees and Executive Office) The Board of Trustees embraces 7 persons, representing different stakeholders and the Executive Office with: an Executive Director, one Administrative Officer and two part-time Project Collaborators (4 employees) and a pool of more than 20 experts in different fields of work. The students are 14-18 years old. They mainly come from rural areas and representing different minorities in Macedonia with different culture and religion.There are minorities in the Schools, although not efugees, they come from different ethnic minorities (Roma, Albanians, Turks, Serbs and others).Macedonia is at the moment a transit Country for the refugees and migrants.
The primary activity of FACE is the following services: - Trainings (vocational and other types) in various areas related to agriculture, environment protection and rural development, designed according to the needs of the target groups; - Organization of conferences, seminars and workshops; - Project planning, implementation and management – These activities include the project plan development, including identifying the project goals, the tasks specifications, the required resources, the required budget and the projected time frame for the tasks implementation. Also, this includes the implementation of the project plan, accompanied by a permanent control process, which insures the timely completion of the planned tasks; - Support for the partnerships between domestic institutions and organizations, as well as between domestic and foreign institutions and organizations, considering our business contacts and database; - Consultancy and administration of digital database solutions, use of internet and communication technologies, publication and data storage; - Preparing of studies – research and advisory services; - Consultancy, administration and publication of educational, promotional and scientific materials; Within the last nine years FACE implement over 30 projects in relation to agricultural and rural development which had strong educational components and more than 100 events (trainings, seminars, round tables, workshops).