On 3 April 2014, the National Commission for UNESCO of The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is organizing a public meeting to kick-start a cross-border project to enhance intercultural dialogue and cultural cooperation among youth in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania, through ICTs-based activities.
The project “Understanding and Appreciating Cultural Diversity – an Impetus for Cross-cultural Cooperation for and by Youth” especially aims at empowering youth and youth leaders from the two countries to share ideas, knowledge and experiences about understanding and appreciating the diversity of cultural expressions.
In order to do so, the project will create digital contents; collect and share information about local intangible cultural heritage; contribute to fostering dialogue through exchange of cultural practices, ideas, materials; develop ICT and web-based platforms in order to share results and present voices of young people; and, establish a network of youth and educators from The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania that are cherishing values gained in this project and disseminate them to broader community.
The main implementing agency will be the National Commission for UNESCO of The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in cooperation with 3 NGOs:
- Interactive Education and Resource Network (IMOR), from Bitola, whose overall objective is to contribute to the opening up of opportunities for disadvantaged youth from Bulgaria, Montenegro, Serbia and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia within the frame of a collaboration process, aiming at empowering youth and facilitating cross-border cooperation by using ICTs.
- Association Youth Alliance (YAK), from Krusevo, whose objectives are to promote new ways of expressing the views of young people from South East Europe (SEE). Its members are young people aged from 15 to 35 years old, who work, study or express an interest in processes of EU integration of their country.
- Association “Embassy for Peace”, from Skopje (UNESCO Club Skopje).
The project is supported by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe Venice (Italy), which will be represented in the kick-off meeting by Matteo Rosati, Programme Officer, Culture Unit.