ROUTE WB6 Volunteers Join South Outdoor Festival in Albania

BORSH –  In the framework of the ROUTE WB6 Regional Exchange Volunteer Program, 20 young people from the Western Balkans will have the opportunity to be engaged as volunteers in the South Outdoor Festival in Borsh from 03/09 – 06/ 09/ 2021. The young people will work on  volunteering tasks at the festival as well as  have the opportunity to visit many tourist attractions in the south of Albania. For the majority of these young people, this is the first time they are visiting Albania.

On this occasion, the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) will organize a panel discussion “Going Outdoor – Combating Internet Hate Speech” within the festival on 4 September 2021, starting at 16:00. 

The discussion will be participated by Mr. Albert Hani, RYCO Secretary General, Mr. Jasmin Valjevac, Project Manager GIZ, Ms. Oltjana Rama from PVN Albania, Ms. Deborah Keci, Health and Wellness Influencer and Prof. Asoc. Dr. Juel Jarani from the University of Sports in Tirana.

The COVID-19 pandemic marked an increase of hate speech on social networks and multimedia platforms. Inclusion of youth, especially marginalized youth and youth at risk of radicalization, in combined sport and leisure activities which create a sense of belonging and shared identity will be the main topic of the discussion. 

This will be a great opportunity to inform young participants on the opportunities of engagement in regional youth exchanges organized by RYCO and GIZ. In addition, it is a good occasion to present the benefits of volunteering, and learn more on promotion of healthy lifestyle and sports activities on social media. 

The main goal of the ROUTE WB6 project is to promote regional volunteering as a tool that will contribute to reducing the social and ethnic distance between young people in the region as well as strengthening their prosocial and European values that will lead to reconciliation, stability and prosperity of the region.

The project is implemented across the Western Balkans 6 by a consortium led by the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) in association with Beyond Barriers, South East European Youth Network, Lens, Youth Cultural Center Bitola, Association for Democratic Prosperity Zid and Young Researchers of Serbia, Institute for Development of Youth KULT. The project is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

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