PODGORICA – A regional capacity building training for the RYCO beneficiaries to be supported within the second RYCO Open Call for Project Proposals is taking place in Podgorica, Montenegro. The five-day event supported by the OSCE Mission to Montenegro is gathering representatives of the forty-five civil society organizations and secondary schools from the Western Balkans which will be working on bringing the youth of the region closer together.
The overall training’s objective is to support participants through experiential learning to reflect and adapt project activities to reach maximum impact of RYCO youth exchanges. Furthermore, the event will focus on deepening the understanding of the Western Balkans context and RYCO key concepts for a better region, and their relation with RYCO Youth Exchanges, exploring the potential impact of the RYCO youth exchanges for participants, organizations, communities and the region. Finally, it will reflect on the concept of quality and learn how to integrate key quality aspects in RYCO youth exchanges and encourage networking and peer support within the group, as well as exchange between the participants and RYCO.
Opening the training, Minister of Sports and Youth of Montenegro Mr Nikola Janović said that the cooperation between the Ministry, RYCO and OSCE Mission to Montenegro is strong and focused on youth. “Youth issues which are intersectoral are high on our government’s agenda,” Mr Janović pointed out.
Head of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro Ms Maryse Daviet underlined the partnership between the mission, RYCO and the ministry, too by saying that this team’s work is aiming to enable RYCO to move forward and achieve better results in the region. “Youth projects which you will be implanting are at the core of RYCO’s work,” Ms Daviet concluded.
Addressing the participants, RYCO Deputy Secretary General Mr Fatos Mustafa said that RYCO considers its beneficiaries not only as organizations and institutions implementing the supported project but rather as partners in bringing a change to the region. Moreover, he pointed out the need for fostering such partnerships in the region: “Keep your partnerships alive even beyond these projects. Such cooperation will be welcomed by the governments of the region,” Mr Mustafa underlined.
Head of the RYCO Local Branch Office in Montenegro Mr Edin Koljenović also welcomed the participants and underlined that the office in Montenegro is proudly hosting the second edition of such training. “I am honored that we are scaling up the partnership between our beneficiaries, RYCO, the ministry and the OSCE Mission to Montenegro in bringing the youth of the Western Balkans closer together,” Mr Koljenović said.