Representatives of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights visited Mitrovica, Kosovo * from 5 to 8 June as part of the project “ALL IN: Pathways to Belonging: From Intercultural Dialogue to Social Inclusion”, which is financially supported by the European Commission through the program Europe for citizens. The backbone of the project is to cover up the heterogeneity of cultures due to frequent migratory movements of the population, where societies are becoming increasingly multicultural, and the identity of many homogeneous nations and local and regional communities is becoming questionable.
The host of the second transnational study visit (out of a total of 7 planned by the project) was the NGO Domovik from North Kosovska Mitrovica. In addition to our representatives, representatives of project partners from Slovenia, Greece, Cyprus and Italy also paid a study visit.
Project partners had the opportunity to learn more about the work of “Caritas Kosovo” humanitarian organization that is part of “Caritas Europa”, whose mission is to promote universal values, improve socio-economic living conditions of marginalized populations in Kosovo, through strengthening their human rights and encouraging social inclusion.
In this regard, during the visit to the Roma settlement, the project partners were introduced to the positive practice in the field of social inclusion of Roma through the presentation of the work of psychologists and mediators from Caritas who work with the Roma population.
Representatives of GIZ from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo presented the “Passport of Competences”, an adapted instrument (originally designed in Germany), which aims to encourage employment of vulnerable groups through counseling and counseling with representatives of vulnerable groups.
The special feature of this visit was the screening of a documentary about the multiethnic amateur “Big Band” orchestra, which talks about the cooperation and friendship of residents of different ethnic groups, the enthusiasm of Professor Petar Rakic and his idea of creating a jazz orchestra, which existed in Mitrovica during the 1980s. After the screening of the film, representatives of the project partners had the opportunity to get acquainted with the Mitrovica rock school project, a school that connects Serbian and Albanian teenagers through music, restoring a musical tradition that makes both sides proud.
The next transnational meeting will be held in Krynice Zdroj, Poland, from September 3 to 5, 2019.