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Presentation of Educational Tourism for Children and Youth

Belgrade, February 24, 2012 – Within the International Tourism Fair 2012 held between 23 and 26 February, the concept of children and youth rural tourism was presented. The development of the concept has been supported by UNICEF under the UN Joint Programme on “Sustainable Tourism for Rural Development”. The presentation was organized in cooperation of the UN Joint Programme and Serbian Tourist Organization.

Children and fairies of the enchanted village

The presentation featured five of the six projects chosen at the UN Joint Programme contest for diversification of rural economy through tourism entitled “Educational Tourism Based on Active Learning Concept”.:
- Banat Patchwork (Red Cross, Vrsac)
- Enchanted Village (Citizens association „Kreativa”, Mionica)
- Educational Adventure (Heritage museum, Knjazevac)
- Paleznica and Brankovina, Synergy of Heritage and Craft (Primary school „Sava Kerković”, Ljig)
- Country Open School (Primary school „ Ivo Andric”, Pranjani)

The public was informed of selected activities that will become available next summer to the preschool and school children in different parts of the country. In the organisation of the Friends of Children of Serbia NGO, educational workshops were organised for primary school pupils and teachers from Belgrade. The workshops were also attended by the fair guets who were attracted by the vivid atmosphere and intereting subject.
The guests at the educational stand had an opportunity to learn different skills that are cultivated in rural areas and that are part of the curriculum that will be offered to children in the summer courses – dancing traditional dances, learning tongue twisters in local dialects, making embroidery, constructing birdhouses, practicing calligraphy, playing chess, etc.

The “Children and Youth Tourism in Rural Areas” brochure was launched at the International Tourism Fair 2012, which was devised within the project.

About the Joint Programme

The UN Joint Programme “Sustainable Tourism for Rural Development” operates to diversify rural economy through sustainable tourism in order to improve the quality of life, fight poverty, and protect environment in the rural parts of Serbia. The Programme activities are organized in Southern Banat on the Danube, Eastern and Central Serbia and in the region of the lower Danube Basin. The Programme is implemented by the five UN agencies in Serbia (UNWTO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP, UNICEF) in cooperation with the Serbian Government, i.e. the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Commerce, Forestry and Water Management and Serbian Tourist Organization. For more information on the Programme, visit http://rs.one.un.org/strd.

 

 
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