Through children’s eyes: Raising environmental issues in Kosovo
by Kanako Terui
Pristina, Kosovo: UNV volunteers have helped to raise awareness of environmental issues among the people of Kosovo through a photo competition promoting volunteerism and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The competition was jointly organized by UNV volunteers in Kosovo, the United Nations Kosovo Team – comprising 14 UN agencies that operate in Kosovo – and the NGO World Vision.
Fourteen youth clubs from all over Kosovo – including minorities – joined the photo competition, which awarded prizes for the best photos to reflect the environment around them. The youth clubs were part of World Vision’s “Kids for Peace” peace-education project for Kosovo multi-ethnic youth aged 10-15.
The children were encouraged to promote understanding of the environmental issues with which Kosovo is challenged nowadays, because educating future generations can have a great impact on the preservation of the environment and creating healthier living conditions.
In their groups, the children were inspired to examine environmental issues, making use of the opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions about the Millennium Development Goals and the means of harnessing volunteerism to achieve them. The children reflected on their own volunteer spirit and the volunteering opportunities open to them and to their parents and communities.
A panel comprising the three organizers selected the best pictures out of 42 photos taken by the 14 youth clubs that took part in the competition. The three winning photos were made by children of the Rahovec, Suvi Do and Semetishtë youth clubs, each of which received a digital camera as a prize.
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