The Balkans are one of the most interesting parts of the European mainland. I consider them a puzzle of different nations and minorities, a place of many differences and similarities at the same time, a region with rich cultural and food offer, filled with amazing nature and authentic architecture. It is a region worth being discovered and visited. This September, there was one more reason to visit the Balkans – the International Youth Conference, organized by Youth Alliance, happening traditionally in Krushevo (#iyckr2016), a small and lovely town in Macedonia.
Macedonia, along with neighboring Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia, was known as Yugoslavia just 2,5 decades ago. Exactly this was one of the... Read More »
University on the “crossroads” of cultures. University where faculty and students from more than 100 countries. University in the Central Europe where intercultural and interdisciplinary education is the highest value. Can you guess which one? Central European University in Budapest, Hungary is the answer to this puzzle. Let’s explore deeper the intercultural spirit of the University.
Founded back in 1991, in the times when revolutionary changes were happening in Central and Eastern Europe, based on the premise that human fallibility can be counterbalanced by the critical discussion of ideas and that this critical spirit can be sustained best in societies where citizens have the freedom, currently with approximately 1,400 students and 370 faculty members from more than... Read More »
What was the last present you bought for your friend or relative for his or her birthday? A new phone, some jewelry, clothing, or some good wine? Can you recall when was the last time that you bought a hard copy of a book as a present, or have you even bought one for yourself recently?
Hard to recall right?! …I thought so…
Facing similar situation, I was very happy to hear that the IDMC (Institute for Democracy, Media & Culture) with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Konrad Adenauer Foundation, decided to organize for the second year in a row, a great initiative called “Tirana Reads”.
This reading marathon, which was also... Read More »
The most recent political developments around the world, among which Brexit and Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president stand out, have proved the existence of deep divisions in many societies. These events have also proved that information is the new gold. Given that the amount of new digital content produced in 2011, for example, amounts to several million times the combined contents of every book written in history, the ability to access, process, evaluate, and interpret claims, messages, and numbers is more needed than ever before. If we are to find our way in what some have termed the age of “post-truth politics”, in which “truth is not falsified or contested, but of secondary importance,” we need to... Read More »
There are builders, and there are users. There are creators, and there are supporters. There are leaders, and there are followers. And it is never easy to be in the first group. But in this case, the Association for education Mladiinfo International once again was not afraid to set a foot forward and take a leap while jumping into a new field, all for support of the Macedonian ecosystem. On September 5th, together with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Macedonia, Impact Hub Skopje and Association Public (Magazin LiceVLice), they organized the first edition of Social Innovators Conference.
The format of the conference was similar to a TEDx Conference, where speakers shared personal stories in the field of social impact in... Read More »
Author: Ina Gjika
Editor: Dimitar Chatleski
Photo credits: Ina Gjika
Imagine you are in a place where new ideas are flowing constantly, providing you with inspiration and out-of-the-box thinking. Imagine also that in this place, you can get a touch of biology, architecture, photography, music, archeology and all sorts of other fields. Finally, imagine that in the same place, you can also socialize and meet professionals, and make new friends…
Some of you may think this place is just utopia and does not exist. Yet, let me tell you dear readers that this place is real, and it even has a name: TEDx.
TED, a non-profit organization, started in 1984 as an event with speakers from the Technology, Entertainment, and Design... Read More »
Author: Larisa Rusu
Editor: Dimitar Chatleski
Photo credits: Difference Day
Can you imagine journalists bringing their stories to life? Well, actually this does indeed happen, and I have had the chance to see it during the event titled ‘Difference Day’, held in Brussels on the 3rd of May. On this day, celebrating the United Nations’ World Press Freedom Day, a creative team of journalists presented to us what they call Live Magazine.
Journalism aficionados know how good storytelling can make up for an all-encompassing, complete experience. A team of five French journalism professionals and visual artists take storytelling to a whole other level with an interactive format of journalism where stories are performed on stage. Live Magazine is... Read More »
Author: Dimitar Chatleski
Photo credits: Antoaneta Ivanova
Following the good outcomes from the first conference that took place back in December 2013 in Alexandria, from May 13-15, 2016 Tunisia hosted the second Civic Education Conference. Organized by the Goethe Institut, while being built on 60 recommendations, it inspired the participants and speakers of this year’s conference through participatory approach to focus on assessing the development of the sector.
Having close to 150 participants from European and Arab countries, The Civic Education Conference 2016 collected participants from governmental and non-governmental agencies, as well as experts from Europe, the MENA region and the United States of America.
Having two languages as official, English, and Arabic, the conference was base around... Read More »
Photo: Marko Trosanovski (Macedonia), main project researcher, presenting at previous forum in Sofia
The Youth Forum in Skopje, “Representation of Minorities in the New Media in Central and Eastern Europe” will take place on 3rd and 4th of March, and will make the venue where 50 young people from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe will participate and discuss on key questions related to minorities and new media, with the aim to discover how does new media in this region portray minorities and to what extent they can contribute to the promotion of diversity.
The forum is being hosted and organized by the Association for Education Mladiinfo International, and supported by the programmes of Europe for Citizens and the Central European Initiative. The opening of... Read More »
Author: Denis Kolga
Photo credits: Aksana Rudovich
The training course “My role as a Global Citizen” as part of the Erasmus+ program took place in Minsk on September 2 – 8. This event was organized by the Italian NGO “Free Minds in Action” and Georgian NGO “Equality and Development Center” in partnership with the Belarusian NGO “Youth Initiative”, assisted by the Minsk Shapers Hub. The training was supported by the Italian national youth agency.
Educational event gathered 30 young people from Italy, Czech Republic, Georgia, Slovenia, Hungary, and Belarus. During the training, the participants heard lectures on international relations and migration, developed their debating skills on the actual international challenges in the simulation game, and prepared short... Read More »