During August, 2014 the Institute for Rural Initiatives conducted a series of field visits in order to promote and develop intercultural and interethnic dialogue among disadvantaged rural communities. Study visits were performed in the following locations: Carpineni village, Hincesti rayon; Ferapontievca, TAU Gagauzia; Huluboaia, Alexanderfeld and Ursoaia villages from Cahul rayon.
These visits have gathered together representatives of various community groups including non-minority groups, local government representatives and people interested in the inclusion and interculturalism topics. Approximately 80 representatives of the Bulgarian, Czech, Gagauzian, Roma and German minorities took the first steps toward a broader understanding of the phenomenon of intercultural dialogue and cooperation between local social actors and discussed about importance of local social partnership.
As a result of these activities, all five communities succeeded in creating strategic work groups that will implement actions meant to raise achievements, to increase participation and activism levels in their communities. Our ultimate goal is to create local initiative groups that can generate a change in their community, especially changing the perception of interethnic dialogue and intercultural cooperation phenomenon.
The project “Minority Act: growing capacity for interethnic dialogue and cooperation” focuses on achieving this desideratum through actions aimed to reinforce the importance of civic participation in rural communities while promoting the spirit of citizen responsibility, friendship and harmony between peoples.
“This initiative is very important and necessary in our community,” mentioned Ms. Valentina Miron, leader of the initiative group Ursoaia village, Cahul.
The initiative also aims at bringing closer people from different ethnic backgrounds by involving a simple citizen in solving common problems of mutual interest. In the nearest future local campaign will be launched aiming at uniting citizens on issues of solving common community problems.
The project “Minority Act: growing capacity for interethnic dialogue and cooperation” is implemented by the Institute for Rural Initiatives and its local partners, with the support of U.S. Embassy in Moldova.