Imaginary Distance

WHO: The Association for Development of Children and Youth – OPEN CLUB from Nis, Serbia in co-operation with partner organization Together in Community Social Development (TIC) from Durres, Albania.

WHY: The issue of social distance – the level of understanding and psychological closeness, or distance, as well as the willingness to establish relationships between Albanian and Serbian youth in both countries – and inherited animosity, determined by prejudices, stereotypes, and a lack of information and direct contact, is a long lasting problem in the relationship between people of Albania and Serbia. Measuring the social distance between Albanian and Serbian youth, will provide us with relevant, empirical data, which can be used for in depth analysis of this issue in the future and appropriate activities.

WHAT: Through this project, Open Club will strive to provide empirical data concerning the social distance issue between Albanian and Serbian youth, share the relevant information and raise the awareness of the general public in both countries about the topic and also enhance the connectivity of youth actors and youth CSOs representatives from both countries, enabling them to meet, exchange good practices, share ideas and discuss potential co-operation in the future.

WHERE: Nis, Serbia; online.

If you have between 15 and 29 years, you can also take part in the online survey on the topic. Follow Humans of Albania and Serbia Facebook page for updates. Final report on main findings will be published on this web site.

In October, we also plan to organize a regional meeting in Nis, for youth actors and youth CSO representatives from Albania and Serbia to discuss the social distance issue and share good practice examples and ideas for further co-operation. Stay tuned for an open call for participation!

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