Our project partner in Serbia, Center for Education Policy (CEP), has organised three project presentations at the University of Belgrade in October and November 2018, namely at: Faculty of Organizational Sciences, Faculty of Political Sciences and Faculty of Philosophy. They reached a total of 30 students. They presented the HPiB project idea and its main activities. They provided them all information about our HPiB project, all the dates, what they would be doing on this project and why experience on this project would be very valuable for them in future.
CEP representatives talked with students about participation of students in Serbia, and the most common belief was that students are mostly not driven enough to try to participate, or when they have the drive they simply lack information on how to achieve any kind of participation. This sparked interesting discussions and ideas for project workshops.
HPiB Project is funded by the Regional Youth Cooperation Office.
Our project “Hacking Participation in Balkans – Innovative ways of empowering Balkans youth to impact policy making processes” – (HPiB) was presented to students at the European University of Tirana on 1 November 2018 by our project coordinator Mrs Erida Curraj and our mentor, Mrs Orkidea Xhaferaj.
They introduced participants to how we are working with young people in Albania and Serbia to increase participation in policy making and fostering digital mobility as a long-term cooperation tool among WB6 youth. About 12 young people were part of the presentation as well as staff from the Internal Relations Unit. The presentation included also a brief introduction to RYCO and the opportunities offered for young people. In addition, during the Q&A session, our project team provided advice and guidance to students regarding project applications and youth activism.
Orkidea Xhaferaj, one of the mentors of our HPiB project, presented the project to Mrs Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society and to Mrs Senida Mesi, Deputy Prime Minister of Republic of Albania during their visit to the Professional College of Tirana Laboratories on 13 November 2018.
Mrs Gabriel, Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, visited Tirana in the framework of the EU Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans and had high level meetings with the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Energy. She also visited ADISA, the integrated service delivery centre in Tirana and the Professional College of Tirana, as a higher education institution with state of the art technology laboratories.
During her visit to Professional College of Tirana Mrs Senida Mesi, Deputy Prime Minister of Republic of Albania, accompanied her. They both talked to Mrs Xhaferaj regarding the potential of HPiB project and how it helps to promote digital mobility in the Western Balkans 6. In addition, they explored ideas for the future sustainability of the project and highlighted the importance of digital skills for youth in WB6.
HPiB project is funded by Regional Youth Cooperation Office.