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Symbiosis impressed the high guests in Croatia

During this week, pilot computer workshops for the elderly are being conducted in Croatia. The former Croatian president, Mr Stjepan Mesić, the Honorary Consul of Croatia in Slovenia, Mr Božo Dimnik and the Slovenian ambassador in Zagreb, Mr Vojko Volk also visited workshops.

During this week, there are pilot computer workshops for the elderly being conducted in Croatia, which were yesterday attended by the former Croatian president, Mr Stjepan Mesić, the Honorary Consul of Croatia in Slovenia, Mr Božo Dimnik and the Slovenian ambassador in Zagreb, Mr Vojko Volk.

Until tomorrow, there are still pilot computer workshops for the elderly being executed in Zagreb, modelled after the all-Slovenian voluntary action Symbiosis. The workshops are being conducted by Symbiosis’ Croatian partner, the society Odrazi (Otvoreno društvo za razmjenu ideja).

Yesterday were the pilot workshops also attended by the Slovenian team of Symbiosis, together with the former Croatian president, Mr Stjepan Mesič, the Slovenian ambassador in Zagreb, Mr Vojko Volk, the Honorary Consul of Croatia in Slovenia, Mr Božo Dimnik and a representative of the Ministry for work and the pension system, Mrs Jelena Matković. According to Petra Kocjan, the director of the Ypsilon Institute, » we were able to connect Slovenia through Symbosis and we believe we can connect the world as well. But where is more beautiful to start this path, than with our neighbours in Croatia. After the successful pilot workshops in Zagreb, I am confident that we will be able to effectively connect the older and the young through computers across all of Croatia.”

Stjepan Mesić about Symbosis: “I had some information about it before, how older people get educated on the so called quick workshops, in order to be able to communicate after. I think this is a great idea and I greet initiators and everyone that cooperate in this project. It is beneficial for the people, for their families, and it is also a business opportunity, because if today a person is not educated in this field, he cannot participate in business opportunities on a daily basis, and for that reason this is beneficial for all participants.”

The initiator of the project, Žiga Vavpotič, stated on this occasion: “Symbiosis showed again that it carries the universal language of cooperation between generations. The more countries we connect, the easier we will persuade everyone at home that Symbiosis is probably one of the best potential promotions for our country. The arrival of the former president Mesić is a great recognition for the project Symbiosis.”

The Slovenian ambassador in Zagreb, Mr Vojko Volk, said the following after visiting the workshops: “Good projects are the ones, which spread across borders and because Symbiosis is spreading across the border, it is a good project. If we are here today, Mr Dimnik, Mr Mesić and if I gladly came, that means we see something extremely positive in this and I would like to reiterate, what I said at the workshops, good and caring use of modern means of technology decreases the differences between the old and the young and brings them closer together.”

The Slovenian and the Croatian team were able to make sure at the workshops that there is interest for intergenerational cooperation also in Croatia, where the experience of the organisers and the participants are similar to Slovenian experience. The older participants are glad to have a cost-free opportunity to learn computer skills, but mostly grateful to young volunteers for the selfless help and they are looking forward to the national action that will be most probably be conducted this fall.  

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