On January 3-4, 2015 the Institute for Rural Initiatives conducted three open public lectures on intercultural cooperation and interethnic dialog in Moldova.
The events were organized in partnership with three educational institutions: Medical College from Cahul, “Mihai Eminescu” Lyceum from Comrat, and State University “Grigore Tamblac” from Taraclia. The activities have brought together more than 300 pupils and students aged between 16 and 22 year old.
Public lectures aimed to bring arguments in order to encourage interethnic cooperation and dialog and contribute to the change of the perception regarding majority vs. minority issues. Also, to motivate young people to take action and get involved in solving some of the issues rural Moldovan communities are facing.
During the lectures have been shared success stories, lessons learned and impediments, which were encountered while implementing local initiatives within the “We act because we care” campaign.
Mr. Milan Kajo Zboril, an international expert from Slovakia, who has been invited as the main speaker of the events, has shared useful, national and international experience in the field of interethnic dialog and cooperation as well as promoted through interactive exercises tolerance for the minority issues.
“I was concerned for a long time because I believed I could not change our society for the better. I felt that everything is being decided for me. After the experience I had today I understood it is possible, I just have to learn how to do it. I would like to express my gratitude to IRI for the motivation and all the support we got and I am sure will get in the future,” stated Mitul Petia, pupil in the XII form “M. Eminescu” Lyceum, Comrat.
“I consider this activity to be very important and necessary for the pupils studying at our high school. All the issues which had been discussed concern all of us, at the moment, and I do believe this lecture had a positive impact on the young people,” said Mrs. Svetlana Stoinov, Director of the “Mihai Eminescu” Lyceum from Comrat.
“Open public lectures on intercultural cooperation and interethnic dialog in Moldova” represents an activity implemented within the frame of the project “Minority Act: growing capacity for interethnic dialogue and cooperation” implemented by the Institute for Rural Initiatives and local partners, with the support of U.S. Embassy in Moldova.