Çair (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

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A City’s good practice towards the elimination of discrimination

The project Democracy through Theatre aspires to reciprocal exchange of experiences and extended knowledge about human rights, democracy and equality. The Municipality of Botkyrka (Sweden) began an exchange with the Municipality of Çair in 2006, following a visit of the Macedonian delegation. As a result, Botkyrka and Çair developed a project called ‘Democracy through Theatre’.

This project aims to develop and strengthen local democracy through dance and theatre play. With teachers, principals and youth performing in Albanian and Macedonian language in the middle school in Çair, the exchange wishes to introduce youth to democratic processes and educate them about participation.  The project is built on experience of Youth Council in Botkyrka and creates an interaction between young people from Çair and Botkyrka. Teachers, principals and municipal officials are part of the project and have the opportunity to learn about how young people view their participation in society. The participants are working on this project for a year and have been producing various kinds of performances, as a way to manifest their experiences from the project.  Inspired by the work of Youth Council in Botkyrka, an equivalent in Çair has been created.

The international cooperation between Çair and Botkyrka was born from an analysis of the demographic similarities between the two cities. The Democracy through Theatre project builds upon the experience of Botkyrka and allows its youth to act as a positive example for local youth from Çair. Through informal activities both youth and adults can share their different perspectives and better understand human rights, democracy and equality.

City Information
According to the national census from 2002, Çair has 64,773 inhabitants. Its inhabitants come from a variety of different ethnic groups. The two biggest ones are Albanians (57%) and Macedonians (24,1%), according to the above mentioned census. It is one of the ten municipalities that make up the city of Skopje, the capital of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Skopje's old town is located in Çair.

Çair has been a member of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism since May 2009.

For more information, please visit: http://cair.gov.mk/mk/index.php (website in Macedonian)

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