POSTED: June 11th 2012
Generations For Peace holds advocacy event in Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
June 11 – The Generations For Peace organization held an advocacy event in Skopje the capital city of the Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia (FYROM) reaching out to school teachers, parents and media.
The event was organized with a local NGO partner, Balkans Let’s Get Up, and 30 participants took part from all walks of life and ethnic communities.
Sanja Angelovska, certified Generations For Peace Pioneer and masters degree student in conflict resolution, led the event together with six trained delegates. She said, “I am very happy to be continuing the peace building efforts in my community. My fellow Delegates and I are devoted to achieving a peaceful society filled with dialogue, tolerance, respect and responsible citizenship. It is up to us as community leaders to bring about positive change, so we will keep working on it.”
Sanja has also carried out previous programmes and has a media following.
FYROM was recognized by the UN in 1993 following the splitting up of Yugoslavia during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990’s.
A teacher from Naum Naumovski Borche, Sonja Nikolova, noted, "I am very happy to attend this event with parents and other teachers and to see the commitment and passion of these young leaders who want to see change among our children and peace for generations to come."
Every time Generations For Peace holds an event a survey and collection of feedback is gathered from the participants to be studied by pioneers and delegates as part of the learning process. This will be later used to prepare for the summer camps for children.
One of the parents, Zorica Velkova, said, "Being here today was very useful for me to understand how much we can do, ourselves and together, to teach respect and tolerance among our children and in our communities."
“Only people who are willing and ready to change their communities can actually create change,” said Muhamad Duraki, a delegate who attended an event in April that Sanja help deliver.
“We want to see change in our community and we are willing and ready to make it happen,” he added.
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