Young reporters call for the nurturing of a culture of diversity
It is important that children and young people focus on activities and contents that encourage them to embrace tolerance
PODGORICA, CETINJE, 7 May 2022 – Children and young people in Montenegro should visit museums and other cultural institutions more often because this is one of the ways to learn to accept diversity – UNICEF’s young reporters have said during a visit to the Ethnographic Museum of Montenegro. Fascinated by the abundance of diverse customs in a small space, the young reporters have sent a message to their peers to nurture culture and respect others.
UNICEF’s young reporter Andrej Sljivancanin pointed out that the past and the present meet in museums, but also that the future is preserved in them. “At the Ethnographic Museum, I got acquainted with the art of Montenegro from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as with various traditional folk costumes and weaponry from that period. I would recommend young people to visit museums like this and learn about their traditions,” Andrej said.
During this visit, his friend Merita Dukaj realized that the folk costume from the region of Malesia had many things in common with other folk costumes from Montenegro. “Although we are different, details still bring us together. My opinion, which is also that of my peers, is that we should be learning about diversity as much as possible, because that is the only way we can be closer to each other,” Merita said.
Jana Kostic, a young reporter, pointed out that different histories, traditions, and religions enrich us and that we should learn from each other. “Culture cannot exist without diversity,” Jana concluded.
During the visit, Elmedin Spatolaj learned that almost every region in Montenegro has its own wedding customs, way of dressing and household items ... “I also learned that Montenegro received an international award for its folk costume,” Elmedin said.
Deputy UNICEF Representative to Montenegro Sabina Zunic reminded of the 2021 research “Situation Analysis of Children and Adolescents in Montenegro”, which revealed a decline in the culture of reading among children and young people, the growing influence of the internet and the inability of parents to pay for extracurricular and cultural activities. All that, Žunić says, reflects on the culture of dialogue.
“It is important that children and young people focus on activities and contents that encourage them to embrace tolerance, understanding and acceptance of others. They have told us that they want to live in a society that respects different opinions, cultures and customs. UNICEF is calling on all social stakeholders – from parents and teachers to national institutions – to create an environment that enables encounters and a dialogue of diversity so that our children grow into tolerant and cultured citizens,” Sabina Zunic said.
According to the survey on children’s media consumption in Montenegro, conducted as part of the 2018 “Let’s Choose What We Watch” media literacy campaign of the Agency for Electronic Media and UNICEF, two-thirds of children in Montenegro have not been to a theatre, 75 percent of children have not been in a museum, 85 percent have not visited an art exhibition, while nearly two-thirds have not been to a concert of music.