Nelson Mandela famously said the journey of a million miles starts with a single step. It is with this spirit that Catalys launched its bursary scheme in 2015.
Igor Ilić, from Čoka in North East Serbia, the first to be awarded the bursary, will be setting out at midnight to visit Świętokrzyskie Voivodship to be a guest on their international conference about modern agriculture, economics and investment that will take place in Sandomierz, East Poland.
Igor will tour the territory of a number of LEADER Local Action Groups: LAG “Sandomierskie Stowarzyszenie Rozwoju Regionalnego”; LAG “Region Włoszczowski”; LAG “Brody nad Kamienną ” and LAG “Krzemienny Krąg” before taking part in the conference.
The purpose of the visit is for a young person from the Western Balkan accession countries to learn about local development from those with more experience and to then to pass on the lessons he has learnt on his return. The contacts, the information gained and the ideas stimulated will hopefully continue to benefit Igor and the communities that he works with for years to come.
Igor will present a report on his experiences at an international summer school in Zadar, Croatia in July, when we hope he will inspire others regarding the benefits of learning from the experience of others.
Catalys bursary scheme is set to be an annual award and this year’s applicants came from Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro. Igor wrote convincingly and passionately about his desire to learn and his programme was compelling.
So, look out for Igor’s report (which Catalys will publish) and for the 2016 award.