Pristina’s young people re-imagine cultural heritage in the inspiring National Library buildingJan 26, 2017
Over 30 participants, mainly young people aged16-25 years, attended the one-day re-imagining cultural heritage workshop held at the very valued cultural heritage site, National Library ‘Pjetër Bogdani’ in Prishtinë/Priština.
Funded by European Union Office Kosovo (EUOK) and implemented by the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) “Confidence Building through Cultural Protection” (CBCPK) project, participants learned to develop design thinking techniques in order to become actively engaged in cultural heritage in an innovative way.
The workshop was opened by the Mayor of the Municipality of Prishtinë /Priština, Shpend Ahmeti who stressed that his speech will focus on young people rather than on politics, parties or religions. According to him, 50% of the population in Kosovo is younger than 25 years while 70% is younger than 35 years.
Mr. Ahmeti also stressed the importance of young people’s involvement in protecting and promoting Kosovos’ shared cultural heritage.
Ahmeti added that Municipality of Prishtinë /Priština has a lot of challenges when it comes to dealing with cultural heritage sites.
“Municipality and institutions should work together to find better solutions for protecting cultural heritage sites. Sometimes people are not aware about the importance of the cultural heritage and they decide to build new buildings instead”.
Also present at the workshop, was a representative of Cultural Heritage without Borders in Kosovo (CHWB), Mr. Alban Morina presented the identification and mapping of the cultural heritage sites in the capital.
The second part of the workshop continued with a quiz focused on general knowledge about cultural heritage. In addition, participants worked in groups and proposed new ideas on protecting and promoting cultural heritage and voted to select the best one. The winning idea was to make the necessary adaptations to enable disabled people to have better access to cultural heritage sites in Kosovo.
At the end of the workshop, participants went for a site visit at the Kosovo Museum where they had a chance to see the exhibitions and learned about the history of the museum.
The Confidence Building through Cultural Protection project focuses on renovation, beautification, and rehabilitation of cultural and religious heritage in Kosovo, working in close cooperation with EULEX and the Kosovo Police Unit for the Security of Buildings and Cultural Heritage. The overall aim of the project is to contribute to improved inter-community tolerance and respect for cultural identity and heritage.