In the period 14-21 July 2019 in Karlovo- Bulgaria, ARNO’s participants took place in the “Never Again!” Youth Exchange Project organized by the NGO “Youth and Civil Initiatives in the Rose Valley”, funded by the Erasmus + program. The youth exchange gathered 30 young people and their leaders from Poland, Romania, Serbia, Greece, North Macedonia and Bulgaria. The main goal of the project is to enhance the knowledge of the 30 participants on the topic of the Holocaust, foster tolerance, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, prevention of human rights violations and all forms of antihuman, xenophobic and extreme-radical actions.
During the program, the participants through the designed agenda got to know each other’s history and cultures ,as well as the Jewish one with the visit in the Jewish Cultural Centre in Plovdiv-European Capital of Culture 2019. In Plovdiv not only did they learn about the Jewish community there, but they also visited the Zion Synagogue and the monument dedicated to all those who have contributed to saving the Bulgarian Jews. Then they visited the “Plovdiv 2019” headquarters to find out more about the artistic projects in Plovdiv and the European initiative “European capital of Culture”.
The Youth Exchange program featured cultural evenings where every group presented their country’s history, culture and traditions together with the common intercultural night that contributed to fostering the intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding and breaking cultural stereotypes. The rich program with well-selected diverse non-formal methods of education contributed to building of the participant’s skills and knowledge, and will also build on the follow-up campaigns that each partner will implement at national level.
ARNO’s representatives were: Marija Maneva (17), Nikola Chaganovikj (17), Magdalena Bosevska (17), Aleksandar Miloshevikj(19) and the team leader Anjeza Sadiku Gorenca (21).
“I really loved the youth exchange! Besides all the learnings, the project was held during the town’s holiday (18th July- at the Bulgarian national hero’s birthday)-Vasil Levski, who was the first Bulgarian revolutionary what spoke about equality between European nations. It was great to learn on the topic, but also to stretch our minds and open our eyes to the local values and learnings. I really liked that there were a lot of young, smart people that were open to learning new things and giving commitment to history and future that bad things will never be forgotten and done again. “stated Anjeza from ARNO.