On the 14th of February, 2015 the Institute for Rural Initiatives organized the Minority Youth Socializing event within the initiative “Minority Act: growing capacity for interethnic dialogue and cooperation”.
The event took place in Chisinau and hosted 25 young people, members of 5 initiative groups – representatives of ethnic minorities (Czech, Bulgarian, German, Gagauzian and Roma) coming from five communities from south of Moldova (Ferapontievca village, Comrat rayon; Carpineni village Hincesti rayon; Ursoaia, Huluboaia and Alexanderfeld village, Cahul rayon).
At the event both moderators and participants of the Democracy School have had a chance to share impressions and experiences they have acquired by attending extracurricular activities organized weekly from October 2014 to January 2015.
“Most of all I do not like being discriminated! Being a Roma woman I feel it quite often. Therefore I am glad that through the Democracy School I have the opportunity to teach children how to overcome the stereotypes,” has mentioned Silvia Feraru, moderator of the Democracy School from Carpineni village, Hincesti.
During the event were successfully combined elements of training and a roundtable. Participants were given the chance to get to know each other better, interact in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, share their opinions, keeping the tradition of a workshop within the Democracy School.
“We have “unchained” their interest and motivation for getting new knowledge! Young people have shared the experiences they gained during the “We act because we care!” campaign and within Democracy School’s workshops and their determination to continue to pursue social engagement and participation,” has stated Tatiana Costev, Executive Director IRI.
“At first I attended the Democracy School just because there were a disco organized after the workshop. After the first two sessions my motivation has changed, I started to attend the sessions because I enjoyed being there and I have learned a lot of useful things. It would be awesome if the Democracy School will continue to be organized in the future!”, said Stanislav Mitrofan, Huluboaia village, Cahul.
The Minority Youth Socializing event was organized by the Institute for Rural Initiatives and its local partners with the support of U.S. Embassy in Moldova.