O1: To increase active social participation and exchange of youth from Albania, Kosovo*, and North Macedonia.
O2: To build capacities among youth in environment protection and management.
Duration: 8 months (2020-21)
“The Peace Path” is a project that empowers youth cooperation using environmental protection and ecosystem management as a tool across Western Balkans’ borders. We have established collaborations and partnership with 3 schools: “Bardhyl Pojani” in Korca (Albania), “Aco Ruskovski” in North Macedonia – “Odhise Paskali” in Kosovo*; and one NGO: “Let’s Do It Peja” in Kosovo*.
A total of 30 students (10 from each area of the Western Balkans) and 3 teachers (1 from each area) will take part in 6 joint activities: 2 held in North Macedonia, 2 in Kosovo and 2 in Albania.
All 33 participants will follow 2 days of training on “Past and current issues related to environment protection and ecosystem management in fragile areas”, plus a 2 day workshop on “Environment protection and ecosystem management in fragile areas”, as well as a 2 day training in “Environmental protection in cross-border areas”.
The participants will also travel across their respective countries to create “The Peace Path”, a three-nation symbolic road marked by planting of trees along the way as a symbol of peace, co-operation, and reconciliation.
“The Peace Path” is a project financed by the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) and implemented by the M & M Ivanaj Foundation Institut in partnership with “Bardhyl Pojani” school in Pojan, Korçë Albania, ‘Let’s do it Peja’ and “Odhise Paskali” school in Peja, Kosovo (*) and “Aco Ruskovski” school in Berovo, North Macedonia.
(*)This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.