The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Enhancing Inter-Ethnic Community Dialogue and Collaboration in FYR Macedonia
The programme supported awareness-raising programmes in schools and worked with local leaders, civil society and the media to facilitate peaceful co-existence among groups. It also worked with national and local bodies to ensure that decision-making around community priorities is an inclusive process that builds consensus among the country's diverse communities.
Main achievements included:
- Key national and local institutions made significant progress in strengthening inter-ethnic dialogue, collaboration and coordination. Grant scheme were implemented to enhance the role of civil society in the area of inter-ethnic relations. Relations between ethnic communities and local self-governments were strengthened.
- Digital educational content was developed and launched to promote multi-culturalism and inter-ethnic relations in schools. A Life Skills-Based Education curriculum was developed and adopted as compulsory for all secondary schools in the country. Youth centers providing joint extra-curricular activities were established in the cities of Kumanovo, Kicevo and Struga.
- More than 100 representatives of civil society organizations and community leaders were trained in dispute resolution. Grants were implemented to enhance inter-ethnic dialogue in universities and three pilot municipalities. A “Diversity Reporting” handbook was distributed to journalists offering guidelines on how to reflect the country’s diversity.
- In an effort to improve inter-ethic dialogue, the programme created new mechanisms at the local sub-governmental level called peace councils as well as a quasi-independent body for mediation support. It also created youth educational and cultural programmes, including the provision of language classes for minority young people to allow them better access to services.
- Inclusive reporting and intercultural communications gained official accreditation as a separate university course within the School of Journalism and Public Affairs; 130 journalists were trained on inclusive reporting, a crucial result in a region where media propaganda became a tool of war during the 1990s conflict in the Former Yugoslavia. In addition, 10 local leaders and activists received training to better address inter-community tensions in Kicevo, Kumanovo, and Struga.
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