ZIP Institute Visited PRIME Youth Project Team of BİLGİ European Institute
On December 22, 2023, the ZIP Institute, a Skopje-based NGO, visited Istanbul Bilgi University's PRIME Youth team. The purpose of the visit was to propose a transformative study plan that would empower disadvantaged rural youth from Saraj - Skopje, with a specific emphasis on addressing the growing concern of radicalization, in alignment with the PRIME Youth project’s priorities.
During the visit, the members of the Institute were welcomed by the PRIME Youth Principal Investigator, Prof. Dr. Ayhan Kaya. As part of the program, Dr. Kaya gave a seminar to the young visitors. These visitors are from rural areas in Skopje and are studying radicalization and religious extremism. The seminar aimed to empower these young people who were selected to take part in the program, providing them with practical tools to address radicalization.
The visit was part of the broader ambitions of the ZIP Institute to enhance youth empowerment by promoting peaceful coexistence among diverse communities. The collaboration with the PRIME Youth project was planned accordingly as a testament to the commitment of both organizations in fostering socio-cultural development and cohesion in the region.
The collaboration between these two institutes received underscore the commitment to creating a positive impact on the lives of rural youth, promoting democracy, and building resilient communities.