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The International Institute for Human Rights and Peace organised Summer University on the topic of poverty and peace. The Summer University is organised each year, and this year it took place from July 7 until July 13, 2012 in Caen, Lower Normandy. Macedonian young Francophones have actively participated in the Summer Universities for three years now. This year, there were five participants from Macedonia, four of whom were granted scholarship by the Embassy of France in Macedonia that covered their travel expenses.

The participants had the opportunity to follow lectures delivered by renowned experts who committed themselves to eradicate poverty. Mr Bardhyl Jassari from the “Metamorphosis” Foundation from Macedonia gave also lecture about the influence of the information and communication technologies in the fight against poverty. The lecture was organised as a part of the decentralised cooperation between the Lower Normandy Region and Macedonia.  The topic of human rights recently arouses great interest of the partners of the decentralised cooperation. Mr Jassari’s speech was remarkable and encouraged the participants to ask questions and to raise their voice on this sensitive issue. During the whole week, the participants, who turned out to be very curious, commented on the harsh realities in their respective countries and proposed solutions to the omnipresent problem.
One of the Macedonian participants, Nikola Shteriov, expressed his impressions on the Summer University: “The Summer University was an invaluable experience. I really appreciated the opinions of the lecturers and the participants on the topic that has always interested me: poverty and social stratification. Moreover, this experience helped me to improve my French. But, what fascinated me the most was the beauty of the Lower Normandy Region.”
The programme for decentralised cooperation between the Lower Normandy Region and Macedonia encourages and promotes youth exchange and for that purpose creates opportunities for exchange between the two territories.
The participation of the Macedonian students on this Summer University is made in synergy with the programme for decentralised cooperation between the Region Lower Normandy and Macedonia. For more information please contact:


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