RYCO Discusses Youth Activism with High School Students in Tirana

TIRANA – On Tuesday, on the occasion of the National Activism Day of Albania, Head of the RYCO Local Branch Office in Albania Mr Kreshnik Loka had an open conversation with students of the Sami Frashëri High School in Tirana on the topic of activism on the local and regional level.

Mr Loka shared his life experience on how he started working in the youth field. “It all started with a youth exchange,” he said and added that the friendships and partnerships he created with other participants and team leaders opened many doors for him which eventually brought him to a place he loves dearly – the Regional Youth Cooperation Office. “RYCO is supporting youth exchanges across the region to shape a new narrative in the Western Balkans,” he pointed out.

“I believe the perceptions of our neighbors come from the politicians‘ point of view and we, young people, should be more open-minded, travel and meet our peers”, Dori a second-year high school student said.

The Head of the RYCO Local Branch Office in Albania presented the key programs available RYCO is offering to young people by stressing out the importance of their active participation in their school community but also their role as initiators and co-designers of projects. “Participation in each project is a start of building active citizens who are aware of their communities and their role in these communities,” Mr Loka concluded.

The activity is part of the Human Library series organized in the framework of the National Activism Day by the Liburnetik Organization. The National Activism Day is organized for the second year by Co-PLAN, with the participation of other local organizations, aiming to promote the spirit of activism and engagement of youth in local communities through different forms.

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