The School of Public Policy “Mother Teresa”

The School of Public Policy “Mother Teresa” is part of a network of sixteen schools of political studies organized in cooperation with the Council of Europe (About CoE Network of Schools). Since the creation of the first school of political studies in Moscow in 1992, by a group of civil society activists seeking to promote democratic values these schools were established to train future generations of political, economic, social and cultural leaders in countries in transition. They run annual courses of seminars and conferences on topics such as European integration, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and globalization, with the participation of national and international experts. 

Each school has a director who together with the Board, selects the annual intake of about 20 participants and draws up its programme of activities. Every year, each school runs at least three national 3-day seminars and takes part in the World Forum for Democracy, held in Strasbourg in October and attended by over 650 participants and guest speakers. 

The main themes studied by schools of political studies are basic principles of European construction, expansion of the EU and its neighborhood policy, forms of governance and the role of citizens in debating the major issues of the day, regional co-operation, conciliation and dialogue in crisis regions, conflict prevention and recognition of cultural specificities and cultural diversity. Other subjects debated by the schools include global challenges such as combating terrorism and organized crime, environment protection, as well as new technologies and their impact on the functioning of democratic societies.     Organizing the School of Public Policy “Mother Teresa” CRPM has committed itself to the following objectives: 


  • To provide training and development in liberal democratic values and practice;

  • To encourage the development of responsible and ethical leadership also accepting the principles of Mother Teresa to aid “in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.”

  • To provide opportunities for political and civic leaders from across the spectrum of public life to come together to discuss a wide range of current political, social and economic issues;

  • To encourage transparent public policy making process which takes into account the core principles of good governance and the different public interests and opinions;

  • To enhance public dialogue and media debate by fostering appreciation of the values of liberal multiculturalism, encouraging participation, inclusion and the free exchange of ideas.


The typical School activities are: four weekend courses, weekly lectures and a World Forum at the Council of Europe. The subjects of the weekend courses are: Improving Public Policies in the Western Balkans, Euro-Atlantic enlargement, Multiculturalism in theory and practice. The fourth topic of the weekend course is flexible but it is always related to the Council of Europe program and current and important topics for discussion for Macedonia and the region. All participants must speak and write fluent English and Macedonian. Participants must attend all the weekend courses, while the weekly lectures are optional. They are expected to fulfill the tasks assigned to them at the lectures. Diplomas by the Council of Europe and CRPM are awarded at the end of the academic year. The selection of the participants after a public call for participation is published in the main dailies in the Macedonian and the Albanian language and is distributed via the internet is made each fall. Each generation typically starts the activities holding the first course at the end of the calendar year.   

Participants are young leaders (average age 35) in the public and private sectors, selected with the following criteria: advanced knowledge in the field of public policy; readiness to work on improving liberal democracy in Macedonia and minimizing poverty in the country; and multicultural values. In the selection process we take into account that participants with different political, social, cultural, gender and ethnic identities in the country are represented. We expect the participants to be fully involved in the whole educational process. We see them as future partners, who will together with the lecturers and guests, build a new political and governmental culture. Besides funding from the Council of Europe the schools of political studies are typically financed by national resources in the form of voluntary contributions from member and/or observer states, private companies and international foundations.

The School of Public Policy “Mother Teresa” was officially launched on 28 of January 2011.


School of Public Policy Mother Teresa 2012/3@ World Forum for Democracy, Strasbourg 2013

CRPM School of Public Policy Mother Teresa 2012/3

CRPM School Generation 2011/2 short movie.

Generation 2013/4 Session in Kavadarci




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Main Office, St. Cico Popovik Zgrada 6, Vlez 2, Stan 9, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia

Director: Zhidas DASKALOVSKI, Tel.: +389 2 31 09 932, E-mail:



Donors and Partners

Council of EuropeFriedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, NATO, FON University, Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day, NED, Regional Academy for Democracy, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), World Forum for Democracy