Promoting intercultural dialogue: the role of sport and education in the Balkan region20 October 2009

Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) in co-operation with the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (vidc) and the FARE network have organised a regional seminar on “Promoting intercultural dialogue: the role of sport and education in the Balkan region”. The seminar will take place in Belgrade (Republic of Serbia) on 22 October 2009.

This event will bring together public authorities representing ministries of sport of the countries from the Balkan region and NGOs that promote, through educative and sport activities, anti-racism and intercultural dialogue in the Western Balkan countries. It is expected that the exchange of experience will lead to increased public support for initiatives carried out at grass roots in this field.

The seminar will deal with best practice in the field of awareness raising and education through sports and is organised to follow up of the workshop “Education through sports”, which has been hosted in May 2009 in Sarajevo by vidc in cooperation with FARE and the Football Association of Bosnia & Herzegovina and was financially backed by the Austrian Development Cooperation.

Experienced partner organisations of vidc and members of the FARE network such as Zoran Stevanovic from the Croatian Step Ahead youth association, Nelko Nelkovki from the Macedonian Center for Culture, Bojan Jurovic Slovenian Institute of FairPlay and Tolerance in Sport – Sportikus, Damir Djedovic from the Sport Association of the City of Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Alexander Rakowitz of the Balkan Alpe Adria Project (Austria/Serbia) and Željko Todorovic from the Serbian Football Club FK Kragujevac will present their projects and initiatives as innovative best practise examples at the seminar in Belgrade.

The seminar has been organised to follow up the Conference that the Council of Europe is co-organising with the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Serbia in Belgrade on 20-21st October on the Fight against Racism and Violence through Diversity in Sport.