23. November. 2018. | 12:21


Aktiv Marks the Launch of 'Creating a Bilingual Kosovo'



On Thursday, the 22nd of November NVO Aktiv held a conference entitled ‘Access to Languages in Kosovo’ in the Swiss Diamond Hotel in Pristina. 

 

The conference marked the official launch of the project Creating a Bilingual Kosovo.

The project, led by Aktiv and financed by the Embassy of Norway, is geared at improving the implementation of laws aimed at protecting language rights and to raise awareness among the general public of mechanisms designed to protect those rights.

The event was moderated by the Executive Director of NGO Aktiv, Miodrag Milićević, who presented the project and its main activties to the attendees.  Following Mr. Milićević’s presentation, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Kosovo and Albania, Mr. Per Strand Sjaastad, highlighted his support of the project and the pressing need to generate momentum for the proper implementation of Kosovo legislation that protect language rights.  Furthermore, Mr. Sjaastad stressed the importance of creating a bi-lingual society where citizen’s access to information, documentation and services in their native tongue is guaranteed.  Also taking part in the conference was Ms. Marija Radulović, Deputy Ombudsperson, who gave attendees an overview of the work of the Ombudspersons Institution as well as the challenges that citizens face when it comes to their language rights.   She went on to note that although the Obudsperson’s Office does receive and process complaints from citizens, the number of reported violations is in no way reflective of the actual scale of the problem.  Mr. Radulović also spoke to the necessity for greater knowledge and awareness among the general population of institutions (such as the Ombudesperson) that work to defend their constitutional rights.

The conference was attended by an array of representatives of local non-governmental organizations, international missions and embassies.  Creating a Bilingual Kosovo is a two-year project, which will involve close cooperation with local and central governing bodies and other stakeholders.  During the course of the implementation period, Aktiv will publish policy papers, conduct research and analyses of the efficacy of the current legal framework, carry out large-scale awareness-raising campaigns and lobby institutions for positive change to current practices.

Aktiv will work continuously to ensure that the public is update-to-date regarding the project’s progress.  Stay tuned to our website and social media accounts for more information!

The project is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Kosovo and implemented in close cooperation with the Office of the Language Commissioner.  The project, led by Aktiv, is geared at improving the implementation of laws aimed at protecting language rights and to raise awareness among the general public of mechanisms designed to protect those rights.

The event was moderated by the Executive Director of NGO Aktiv, Miodrag Milićević, who presented the project and its main activties to the attendees.  Following Mr. Milićević’s presentation, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Kosovo and Albania, Mr. Per Strand Sjaastad, highlighted his support of the project and the pressing need to generate momentum for the proper implementation of Kosovo legislation that protect language rights.  Furthermore, Mr. Sjaastad stressed the importance of creating a bi-lingual society where citizen’s access to information, documentation and services in their native tongue is guaranteed.  Also taking part in the conference was Ms. Marija Radulović, Deputy Ombudsperson, who gave attendees an overview of the work of the Ombudspersons Institution as well as the challenges that citizens face when it comes to their language rights.   She went on to note that although the Obudsperson’s Office does receive and process complaints from citizens, the number of reported violations is in no way reflective of the actual scale of the problem.  Ms. Radulović also spoke to the necessity for greater knowledge and awareness among the general population of institutions (such as the Ombudesperson) that work to defend their constitutional rights.

The conference was attended by an array of representatives of local non-governmental organizations, international missions and embassies.  Creating a Bilingual Kosovo is a two-year project, which will involve close cooperation with local and central governing bodies and other stakeholders.  During the course of the implementation period, Aktiv will publish policy papers, conduct research and analyses of the efficacy of the current legal framework, carry out large-scale awareness-raising campaigns and lobby institutions for positive change to current practices.

Aktiv will work continuously to ensure that the public is update-to-date regarding the project’s progress.  Stay tuned to our website and social media accounts for more information!