Published: Monday, 16 May 2016 14:41
16 May

NATURE, CHILDREN, IMAGINATION – PROMOTION OF PROSCENJE MOUNTAINS

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, 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 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, 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'.
It is 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 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 Djukic" to their guests, children from Serbia and Montenegro. Furthermore, this event was supported by Municipality of Mojkovac and Tourism Organization in this city.


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.


"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. For this reason, the Standing Working Group for Regional Rural Development (SWG) in South Eastern Europe supported the organization of this event in the framework of the project 'Strengthening regional capacities for rural development through integrated forest and water management in Southeast Europe (LEIWW)' “said Aleksandar Damjanovic, SWG regional manager.