The children from Montenegro and Serbia enjoyed last weekend at Proscenje Mountains where this amazing place was promoted for the first time through the concept: Nature, Children, and Imagination (NCI). The NCI concept was developed by the NGO UROŠ (Association for Development of Rural Development and Forestry) in the context of the event “The Innovative Approach in Promoting Rural Areas in the Balkans – Proscenje Mountains”.
“The main communication product around which the NCI concept is developed is an epic-fantasy children novel ‘Wonderful world of Dormouse George’ placed on authentic locations of Proscenje Mountains, the Tara Canyon and site called Crna Poda, situated in the National Park Durmitor. This is the first step and in the coming period, we will work with partners to prepare specific NCI tourism packages which would facilitate the development of local communities”, said Zarko Vucinic, the executive director of the NGO UROŠ and author of this book. The objective of NCI concept is to educate children, promotion of active socializing in nature, rural areas development, encouraging children’s individuality and creativity and, at the end, the imagination as the basis of artistic and scientific creativity.
The NCI concept promotes healthy lifestyles to younger generations with the introduction to the legends from Proscenje Mountains and their natural beauty. All above mentioned was presented by children-promoters from Mojkovac, pupils from primary school “Aleksa Djilas Beco” and Mixed Secondary School “Vuksan Djukić” to their guests, children from Serbia and Montenegro. Furthermore, this event was supported by Municipality of Mojkovac and Tourism Organization of Municipality of Mojkovac.
Apart from visiting authentic locations mentioned in the book (Gostilovina village, Svevidje viewpoint, Stupsko Polje, Crna Poda), learning through interactive quiz “Puhoteka”, hanging out with the inhabitants of villages and summer pastures, the children learnt the basics of ethical behavior in the nature known as “Leave No Trace”. In addition, the participants of this event visited famous Djurdjevica Tara Bridge.
“The gift I received is a beautiful children book, I met new friends from Bijelo Polje, Mojkovac and Podgorica and learnt how to prepare famous local dish “kacamak”. Moreover, I have enjoyed the green landscape and found out some interesting things about the nature and tradition of this region” said Jana Simovic, 13-years old girl from Prijepolje, Serbia.
This activity is part of the Project: “Rural development through integrated forest and water resources management” (LEIWW) implemented in by the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-Eastern Europe and Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The event was also supported and facilitated by the European Union funded project “Fostering regional cooperation and balanced territorial development of Western Balkan countries in the process towards EU integration” implemented by the SWG.