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PTPI Chapter Project Grant: Belgrade, Serbia

The project was formed in reaction to  the increasing violence and bullying (including hate speeches) among Serbians. The specific case of Rasa Popov inspired the group to connect local community institutions for the young and elderly to raise awareness and teach youths the skills needed to prevent hate speeches and discrimination as well as promote inter-generational solidarity.

PTPI Chapter Project Grant: Belgrade, Serbia

PTPI provides Chapter Project Grants so that our global chapter network may carry out cultural, educational, and humanitarian projects that exemplify the mission of PTPI. Chapters provide reports after their projects have been completed.

Chapter Name: PTPI Belgrade, Serbia Chapter

Project Name: “Creative Youth Energy for Peace and Understanding”

Number of Beneficiaries: 1,565

Project Description: The project was formed in reaction to  the increasing violence and bullying (including hate speeches) among Serbians. The specific case of Rasa Popov inspired the group to connect local community institutions for the young and elderly to raise awareness and teach youths the skills needed to prevent hate speeches and discrimination as well as promote inter-generational solidarity. Therefore, the project consisted of educational programs in the form of a 4 day workshop on NO Hate Speeches and creative activities, including drama workshops. At the end of the workshops, the group of youths performed for the Home for Elderly on hate speech prevention and Promotion of Inter-generational dialogue and understanding.

In addition to the workshops and final performance, the No Hate Speech campaign was supported though blogging by the Club for Adolescent Crisis in Municipality of Palilula.

Outcomes and Impact of the Project: 
  1. Educated youths on importance of NO Hate Speech and taught way to prevent discrimination
  2. Inspired youths to use theater/drama to address the prevention of hate speeches and promote inter-generational solidarity.
  3. Established constructive dialogue between youths and elderly
  4. Supported  the NO Hate Speech Campaign though the use of social media (blog)

Reflection on Lessons Learned:

We have learned that good preparation is crucial for project implementation. Next time we will spend more time promoting the activity.

We strongly recommend this project.From our experience there is a lack of projects that bring together  the young and elderly  into dialogue which is crucial for mutual understanding and peace.

It was a very emotional experience for the participants and audience members who shared their personal stories and feeling regarding the topic of hate speeches and discrimination. We have learned that communities have healing capacities when people come together and engage in healthy dialogue.  It is important to hear and understand each other. It takes time amd knowledge,but it is crucial for peace in local communities as well as the world.
 
Grants are awarded twice per year and applications are due February 1 and/or August 1. All applicants will be notified within 30 days following the application deadline and funds will be distributed in March and September. Chapters may apply for and receive more than one grant in a year. Preference will be given to chapters who have not received a grant within the calendar year.

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