Youth participation, learning and socializing during the summer camp within the Idea Fusion Center

The summer camp within the Idea Fusion Center took place at Hotel Belvi – Metropol, Ohrid, from July 4 to July 6, 2022. The Idea Fusion Center is an informal youth group in which highly motivated students, who are members of the student parliaments in their respective schools, participate in developing and implementing creative ideas for improving the circumstances in their environment.

During the camp, over 50 students (including student-activists of the Red Cross of the City of Skopje), who learn in different languages of instruction, had the opportunity to acquire new knowledge through a series of activities aimed at encouraging creative thinking, youth participation and public speaking.

The camp connected the students who were part of the Idea Fusion Center during the 2021/2022 year with new students from the same schools. The students thought and discussed about creative solutions to problems they have identified in their environment and worked on their public presentation. In addition, the students had the chance to hear inspiring stories about small projects implemented within the Red Cross PHV (Promotion of Human Values) program.

With the support of the school coordinators, the students were also part of a youth action, i.e., they prepared packages with symbolic gifts (pill organizers and refreshments) for the patients at the Specialized Hospital for Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases “Sveti Stefan” in Ohrid. After 50 packages were prepared by all the camp participants, each student wrote a message with well-meaning thoughts; afterwards a group of students delivered the packages to the patients in the hospital, wishing them a speedy recovery.

During the camp, coordinators (teachers or school staff representatives) from each school joined the activities in order to encourage and enable future support of student initiatives within these schools.

This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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