On May 9, 2019, more than 200 young people from Gostivar organized a volunteer action for arranging the city quay, with the support of the Municipality of Gostivar and the USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project. The action involved the students of the “Edinstvo Bashkimi Birlik” primary schools and the students from the economic and medical secondary school and it was attended by the Mayor of the Municipality of Gostivar, Arben Taravari.
The youth removed the garbage from the quay, painted the damaged benches, marked the bike lane and the pedestrian lane on both sides of the quay and set up bicycle parking racks.
The youth initiative is a result of a long-term process that began in April, when students from different ethnic communities met for the first time and discussed the problems they face as young people in their city. Then the students gave concrete proposals for solving the problems and met with the mayor of the municipality to give him a letter of concrete recommendations for beautification of the city.
“If cyclists have the space for safe recreational and sporting activities off the streets and sidewalks, they can become role models of environmentally conscious behavior. We think that by marking bike lanes along the quay, young people from our city will be motivated to behave responsibly and grow into socially responsible persons”, reads the students’ letter through which they expressed their willingness to engage in volunteer action and requested support from the municipality for the realization of the action.
The USAID Youth Ethnic Integration Project is a five-year initiative to strengthen interethnic cohesion among young people and develop democratic and civil attitudes. Through creating opportunities for students to socialize and collaborate on various civic initiatives, the project fosters positive interactions between ethnically diverse youth at school and community level.
This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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