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.
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.