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Remembrance is key to a better future - ALDA Summer School in Skopje

ALDA summer University "Remembrance and Intercultural Dialogue" was held in Skopje, Macedonia, from 17 to 22 July, with the aim to offer a chance to learn from the past, discuss the present challenges, and develop new skills in an international environment.


More than 30 participants from seven countries in the Balkans and from France attended lectures, workshops, and field visits in Skopje.

During the official opening at FON University, H.E. Christian Thimonier, Ambassador of France in Macedonia claimed that the sufferings of people in the past often go forgotten. Confronting ourselves with remembrance is a major challenge for this University, in order to create a European memory.

Ivana Petrovska, Director of ALDA Skopje highlighted the importance of this type of events as steps towards EU integration and our hope to live as one country.

Jon Ivanovski, representative of Central European Initiative shifted the focus on the problem of connection lived in the Balkans. "Once connected, we need to preserve diversity", he said.

ALDA Summer University “Remembrance and intercultural dialogue” is organised by ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, in cooperation with FON University. The event is financially supported by CEI - the Central European Initiative, the decentralised cooperation between region Normandy and Macedonia, and the European Union. The Summer University is furthermore a key experience within the cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia, Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue, and project LADDER.

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Watch the video interviews of young participants:

Natalia, from Serbia 
Charlotte from France  
Dino from Bosnia and Herzegovina  
 Valentina from Kosovo  

And many more are available on the Facebook page of ALDA Skopje!

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