Tirana, July 10, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
Euro Socialist Youth Forum of Albania (FRESSH) in collaboration with the Democratic Youth of Serbia, the youth forum of the biggest social-democratic party of Serbia and youth from the Alpbach Institute in Kosovo held in Tirana the Multi Cultural Activity Beograna.
This activity has been supported and funded by Friedrich Erbert Stiftung and aimed at identifying, analyzing and developing the youth critical thought as far as the joint problems of the youth of participating countries are concerned.
This is the first time that such activity which joins Albanians of Albania and Kosovo with the youth of Serbia, in an effort to be as close to each other.
The activity was divided into parts: a joint conference of three panels, over a period of two days in the premises of the Academy of Art with the topic ‘Challenges of Education in Albania and Serbia, from the youth point of view”, and a photographic exhibition with representatives of Alpbach Kosovo, called “Where is Europe in Kosovo and Serbia?”
During the long discussions on education and common challenges that the youth face, there was a spirit of optimism in the framework of the cooperation of young people to bring back harmony and dignity in the Balkan, which have been lacking for a while.
Participants stressed the need to cooperate in order to turn the Balkan Peninsula into a network of healthy communication, by working and exchanging experiences in the academic, political and cultural plan.
Head of FRESSH, Joleza Koka, provides more details on the novelty: “Beograna is a collaboration between young people. We discussed on issues of education, common challenges of the education system, without forgetting the key objective: growth of collaboration between our states, which must start from the new generation of politicians, artists and academics”.
Koka says that the aim of Beograna is that experiences, suggestions and creative incentives in relation to education to be gathered into one publication which will be proposed to respective governments.
The representative of the Serbia’s Democratic Youth, Marko Dodic says that the challenges of education are the foundation stone for a longer collaboration between the states.
“During this weekend, representatives of our states met and decided to focus all of their energy in solving problems of education, based on a joint experience. We must collaborate to have the best possible result”, suggests Dodic.
Representative of IG Alpbach in Kosovo, Shkumbin Asllani says that the young generation must leave old stereotypes of the Balkan states, not only by accepting the art and culture of the neighboring countries, but also by exchanging them.
According to him, “art, culture, joint exchanges of these disciplines and the challenges in education, are the best opportunity for the youth of our country to convey the message that the young generation doesn’t at all resemble to the generations that have treated the Peninsula with hatred and despise”.
“It’s time to provide the best example of collaboration”, says Asllani.
Director of Friedrich Ebert Stitfung in Albania, Frank Hantke says that he has followed Beograna activity. He shared with the participants his practical experience on the solution of educational problems.
Hantke is very optimistic about the future, stressing the fact that such activities have been absent for a long time.
“Cooperation of young people in the Balkan Peninsula can work in every dimension and discipline, as the will exists and can be channeled into practical incentives”, suggests Hantke.
Beograna Multi Cultural Activity (photo) aims to expand in more Balkan states, with its first stage in Serbia. The creative incentives in the framework of education, proposed by young participants, will be gathered into a publication, with the hope that they will help the governments of respective governments in improving the education system and cooperation between Balkan countries. /ibna/