Whenever there is a gap between what people need and what people believe a government can or should provide – there is ‘Civil society’. It is a general and seemingly very vague term which shouldn’t simply be a negative notion about how to bridge perceived failings of institutions. Rather, it should be part of a vibrant democratic system. Regardless of the fact that we all define it differently, the need for a strong civil society – that is, an active cooperation of organisations, media and citizens working together with local offices, schools and institutions-has never been greater.
The last of the ‘Teaching for Learning’ series of seminars, specially designed for educators from across Southeast Europe, took place in Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, on 11-12 October.
The CDRSEE was once again among the think tanks, institutions, experts and civil society representatives invited to take part in the Civil Society Forum of the Western Balkan Series, in Skopje.
Hosted by Euroclio, the 2nd RETHINK Consortium Meeting and Pedagogical Experts Meeting took place in the Hague, Netherlands from 15 to 16 September 2018. Following the successful conclusion of the project’s first phase that included the identification and collection of good practices in remembrance education, as well as the creation of an online database where institutions and educators from across Europe can access these innovative practices, Consortium partners came together to review the results of the first work package and design the array of activities of the project’s next phase.
The 10th and 11th Seminars of the ‘Teaching for Learning’ series, organised within the framework of ePACT (Education, Partnership for Advocacy, Capacity-Building and Transformation) were successfully completed in Skopje.
The first pilot seminar that gathered school directors, curriculum developers and members of educational institutions from across the country took place on 10-11 September and the second one designed for primary and secondary education teachers from various disciplines took place on 13-14 September 2018.
CDRSEE in collaboration with DW and RYCO, organised, within the framework of DW’s project ‘Balkan Booster’, a 3-day workshop for journalists from across Southeast Europe in Thessaloniki.
It’s been almost 30 years since the wars of the 90ies in former Yugoslavia, but reconciliation between the Balkan peoples still hasn’t taken place. The ‘peace’ is simply an end of outright conflict and a division of lands and systems, rather than a resolution of the problems that caused it in the first place. The weight of history and the prejudices that the views of history creates, as well as, mistrust among nations and ethnic groups remain intact. How is it that the interethnic relations were a good example of coexistence a century ago, but have caused so many rifts in modern history?
On 6 July 2018, on the occasion of the launch of the 4th edition of the Balkan Barometer in Brussels, the CDRSEE joined representatives of the European Union (EU), governments, civil society, academia and regional media in a comprehensive discussion over the main findings of a survey, based on the latest examination of attitudes, experiences, aspirations, perceptions and expectations across the six economies of the SEE 2020 process.
CDRSEE, represented by our Executive Director Ms Zvezdana Kovac was among the invitees of this year’s Symi Symposium that marked the 20th anniversary of the initiative.
From 27 to 29 June 2018 members of parliaments from NATO member and partner countries along with government officials, representatives from NATO and other international organisations, as well as experts from universities, think tanks and NGOs, gathered in Skopje to exchange views and conduct a constructive dialogue on matters of regional interest, within the framework of the 98th Rose-Roth Seminar of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.