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UNICEF welcomes municipal commitment to sustain investments in multicultural youth programmes in Struga

STRUGA, 19 November 2012: At an event to mark the official hand over of the Youth Centre in Struga, Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative welcomed the renewed commitment of the Municipality of Struga and implementing NGO partner, Forum ZFD to finance the operations of the Struga Youth Centre.  The centre was initially established with UNICEF support and has been providing opportunities for greater interaction among children and young people from ethnically mixed communities. 


Young people who benefited and actively led youth in the Youth Centre programmes to come together, learn about each other and engage in joint activities and projects.

The purpose of the Youth Centers is to foster participation of young people in activities that allow them to learn and socialize in a supportive environment.  Through arts and sports programmes, Centre has served as a tool to enhance inter-ethnic dialogue in an informal setting.  Since 2011, over 1,500 children and youth primary schools “Braka Miladinovci” and “Josip Broz Tito” and secondary schools “Niko Nestor” and “Ibrahim Temo” have participated in the extra-curricular programmes in the youth centre. 

Mayor of Struga, Mr. Ramiz Merko and UNICEF Representative, Mr. Sheldon Yett signed an agreement to officially hand over to the Municipality supplies and equipment originally purchased for the Youth Center in Struga

The Youth Center in Struga, along with similar centres in Kicevo and Kumanovo were opened with support from UNICEF as part of a broader joint UN programme funded by the Government of Spain, to promote interaction between children from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.  

Support from local municipality, NGO partner, school principals ensured children and young people learn the value of respect and tolerance for individuals from different cultural backgrounds.

The UN Programme “Enhancing inter-ethnic community dialogue and collaboration” was funded by the Spanish Government through the MDG Achievement Fund.  In partnership with the Secretariat for Implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement, the UN joint programme was implemented by UNDP, UNICEF and UNECSO.

 

 

 
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