The 9th Caring Convention took place in Macedonia’s capital city, Skopje. With the convention being centred around the field of impact United Europe, the participants got deep insights into Macedonia’s history, political views and current state.
The second day of the convention yielded with great productivity and lots of fruitful discussions. It started out with the presentations from three local speakers. Kristijan Rizov, a postgradute student of history at the Saints Cyril and Methodius University, talked about the historical overview of Macedonia according to school books. During his presentation, the participants deepened their knowledge about the history of Macedonia and common misconceptions about the territory.
Next was Ivan Jovanov, Executive Director at LEAD (NGO), who talked about what Macedonia expects from the EU. Being a part of many researches, Ivan presented interesting outcomes regarding the topic. The participants learnt the reasons why Macedonia wants to be a part of the EU, and not just because it’s a country in Europe. Last was Miroslav Draganov, Executive Director at the Institute for Human Rights. He talked about the opportunities for Macedonia joining the EU and how having Macedonia will benefit the EU.
After the presentations and Q&A sessions, the participants joined minds in a constructive workshop. Divided into groups, they discussed the pros and cons of Macedonia joining the EU and later shared them with the group. The workshop was followed by a talk show with the above mentioned speakers and Biljana Vankovska, a professor at the Faculty of Philosophy. Each of them expressed their own point of view regarding Macedonia’s accession to the EU in a respected, factual and diverse manner. This was the fourth talk show, which is a production of Dialogue Monkeys, a public channel for people to discuss a peaceful and sustainable future for Europe and its neighbours.
With the closing session the participants shared their ideas on how to further develop the IEM Caring Foundation and how to make sure the points discussed at the convention will be put into action towards a more caring society!