Nansen Dialogue Centre Serbia, Nansen Dialogue Centre Montenegro and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts (GPPAC) in the Western Balkans have published the Annual Bulletin 2011. The bulletin is published every year after 21 September, the International Day of Peace, as a collection of articles about important achievements in the previous year and activities organised on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. On 21 September GPPAC members in the Western Balkans, teachers and peace educators organised a number of activities to increase the visibility of peace education programmes in the Region.
News and activities
20 - 22 September - During the visit of representatives of the School Department of Lillehammer Municipality to Bujanovac a seminar on the Creation of Social Skills and Plans for the schools in Bujanovac was held. The seminar was intended for the representatives of the four local schools which are taking part in NDC Serbia's project Strengthening Social Competence and Preventing Violence in Schools, Lillehammer - Bujanovac School Cooperation.
During the visit, the guests from Norway and the colleagues from NDC Serbia had a meeting with the Mayor of Bujanovac who expressed a support to the project on behalf of Bujanovac Municipality.
The municipality of Majdanpek is the third municipality in Serbia which has publicly committed to working on the advancement of gender equality and creating equal opportunities.
The round table, which was held on 29 September 2011 in Majdanpek, was attended by the representatives of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia, Gender Equality Directorate of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Serbia, UN WOMEN, the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities and the members of the local Platform for Gender Equality.
The participants were presented the results of the research on the problems and needs of women in Majdanpek municipality which, as it was explained by the representatives of international and republic institutions, were not much different from the problems that women experienced in other municipalities in Serbia.
Unemployment represented the biggest problem, but women also pointed out bad health services, insufficient participation in decision-making, a lack of time for social life and recreation, domestic violence...
Dragan Popović, the Mayor of Majdanpek, signed yesterday in Majdanpek the European Charter for Gender Equality at the Local Level with which the Municipality took over a public commitment to adopt the Plan of Action for the Advancement of Gender Equality and the Improvement of the Position of Women.
The Municipality of Golubac, Majdanpek's neighbouring municipality, adopted yesterday the Decision on Establishing a Gender Equality Committee, with which it joined solving the problems of women.
These initiatives came from the projects Development Through Dialogue and Local Action Plan for Gender Equality which Nansen Dialogue Centre Serbia implements in partnership with local associations Cupae in Golubac and Resource Centre in Majdanpek.
The agenda of the round table can be found here.
Call for Arts Competition:
FRIDTJOF NANSEN – The Man Who Was Building Peace
Nansen Dialogue Centre Serbia, as part of the Nansen Dialogue Network and Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts (GPPAC) is inviting schools, teachers, pupils and students to take part in an arts competition titled Fridtjof Nansen – The Man Who Was Building Peace which is being launched on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize winner, explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen. The competition will be open from 21 September until 31 October 2011.
We are inviting all interested participants from primary and secondary schools in the Western Balkan region (Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina) to send in their artworks on the topic "Fridtjof Nansen – The Man Who Was Building Peace", using technique of their own choice.
The topic of the competition: "Fridtjof Nansen – The Man Who Was Building Peace".
Twelve selected artworks by students/pupils from the whole region will illustrate the 2012 twelve-month peace calendar. The calendar will feature the signatures of the winners, who will also be awarded certificates and symbolic prizes.
Objectives of the competition:
- To introduce students and pupils to the philosophy and life of Fridtjof Nansen;
- To promote peace and humanistic values followed by Fridtjof Nansen;
- To contribute to sustainable peace and reconciliation in the Western Balkan region;
Instructions for students/pupils and teachers:
- All students/pupils from primary and secondary schools in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina are eligible;
- Artwork must be in A4 landscape format, in technique of participant's own choice (artworks not conforming to these rules will not be eligible to enter the selection process);
- The artwork must be accompanied by a filled-out letter of consent including personal information (separate document);
- The competition is being launched on the occasion of celebrating 150th anniversary of Fridtjof Nansen's birth, on 21 September – International Peace Day and will be open until 31 October 2011.
The selection will be made by a professional committee. The chairperson of the Selection Committee will be an academic painter.
The competition has been supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Education and Sports of Montenegro, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade and Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts (GPPAC).
THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY IN THE WESTERN BALKANS
Nansen Dialogue Centres and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts (GPPAC) celebrated today 21st September, the International Peace Day on which occasion GPPAC members in the Western Balkans organised a number of activities.
Given the fact that the year 2011 has been declared the Fridjtof Nansen year and to celebrate his 150th birthday, Nansen Dialogue Centres launched today an Arts competition titled Fridtjof Nansen - The Man Who Built Peace. As was the case in 2010, the 12 winning art works will illustrate the 2012 Peace Calendar.
A network of schools, peace educators and activists, the participants of GPPAC project Educational Institutions Implement Peace Education were sharing peace messages with their colleagues and fellow-citizens. Activities were taking place simultaneously in many cities in the region, such as: Sombor, Nikšić, Belgrade, Podgorica, Ulcinj, Zrenjanin, Kraljevo, Inđija, Bujanovac and many others.
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