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Young disabled persons from fleury-sur-orne, France make short film on karpoš (Macedonia)

After signing a cooperation agreement last year, the commune of Fleury-sur-Orne (the Lower Normandy region) and the municipality of Karpoš (Macedonia) implemented the very first project within the framework of the decentralised cooperation between the Lower Normandy region and the Republic of Macedonia. For that purpose, after filming a short video footage on the commune of Fleury-sur-Orne, a group of eight youth from Fleury-sur-Orne with mild intellectual disability accompanied by the expert staff from the Medical and Educational Institute "André Bodereau" from the Lower Normandy region, left their homeland for the very first time and visited Macedonia and the municipality of Karpoš in order to film another short film, this time on the Municipality of Karpoš. The goal of this video footage is to familiarize the French with the Macedonian culture and traditions through the vision of these young cultural enthusiasts.

During their five-day visit, the youngsters visited the local community in Vlae where they met people with special needs from Karpoš and were able to establish friendly relationships with them and familiarized them with the landmarks of the commune of Fleury via video screenings. The meeting was attended by the Mayor of the Municipality of Karpoš, Stevco Jakimovski, along with the Cooperation Attaché from the Embassy of France in Macedonia, Pascal Gallet.

On this occasion, the Municipal Head Mr. Stevco Jakimovski addressed his delight from the international municipal cooperation. - The Municipality of Karpoš is ready to honor the twinning agreement with Fleury-sur-Orne. When it comes to exchanging experiences, we would love for some of our schools to establish a cooperation with some of your schools.  Thousands of kilometers lay between us, but no matter how far the destination, the journey must always start with a single step. Today we made the first steps towards our cooperation, and for that reason we always stand at your service - stated Jakimovski.

The Programme for Decentralised cooperation is coordinated by ALDA, the Association of Local Democracy Agencies. For further information please consult the website of the Cooperation programme, or contact Ivana Dimitrovska at this e-mail:



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