City thinkers – new schools for new generation


Who is behind this?

Virdzinija Djekovic

Tacka komunikacije / Communication Point


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Young people are offered only commercial activities for spending free time in cities. Public spaces and other activities shall disappear, there is no space in the school curriculum for topics like these. Who will decide on the development of our cities one day?

Where will your idea take place?

Belgrade, Serbia, Zagreb, Croatia, Skopje, Macedonia

Why does Europe need your idea?

Faith and hope in civic power and launching initiatives without resorting to party-political affiliation has been vanished. Individual people, in addition, especially young people, do not have faith in institutions or the non-governmental sector and lack interest in these problems. Schools do not provide sufficient civic education programming that would approach young people in a language they relate to. We believe that terms such as identity, history, values and even activism can be uninteresting if presented in a traditional, stereotypical manner but we also believe that innovative programmes which combine modern practices and theory have the power to change this.

What is your impact?

Workshops and other joint activities will be devoted to exchanging best practices in community work; encouraging public participation; activism; development of entrepreneurial ideas to boost local economies by promoting community heritage; and use of new media as a tool for innovative presentation and identity building. The mentoring means participants will be introduced to local community stakeholders: decision-makers, innovators, residents, etc. The primary output will be the creation of public walks based on the application of acquired knowledge, data collected in the field and exchange with mentors. Walks, should have a joint tourist-educational character and be suitable for city residents and visitors alike, combining new media, the spoken word and printed materials.

How do you get there?

Before the program starts we will have meetings with chosen mentors to inform them about the project and to develop ideas and methodology of working with mentees with the final aim to upgrade program whit their support and experiences. The basic methodology will involve talking to local residents to determine needs and habits, to record local traditions, the history of everyday life, authentic language and everyday problems and challenges. Interviews, the main resource for the creation of the walks, will engage local residents and will emphasize intergenerational dialogue and the preservation of cultural memory. The walks will later draw participants from other local communities, visitors from abroad and other users accessing the materials and maps digitally.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?


What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 42000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 62000,-

Total budget

Major expenses


What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We hope to gain new knowledge about the maintenance and development of established inter-sector partnerships. It is very important to us that the organisation one day becomes a partner for different sectors in order to run similar programmes and to strengthen communities.



Idea created on April 14, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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