In April, CARP Albania was invited to a national TV station “News 24” as part of a special program to talk about their recent national CARP workshop.
Tirana CARP leader, Majlinda Matraku, Albania CARP leader Gani Rroshi, Universal Peace Academy graduate, Mica Camara, and CARP Kosovo coordinator, Bafti Krasniqi, spoke on the show.
The whole video is available with subtitles but here are a few excerpts:
Host: Why was your workshop named “Generation of Legends”?
Gani: We wanted to give the message that anyone can become a legendary person if they have big dreams and ambitions to do not only the things that they like but do things for a greater purpose, for the sake of the nation.
Host: “What does it mean for you to be a leader? What are the characteristics of being a leader?”
Bafti: What we need most today is a leadership that starts from character education, a leadership that comes from family values. We in CARP want to promote that kind of leadership that starts from the heart. CARP Albania had been preparing for this national workshop with great anticipation and investment.
Preparations began with the core staff members coming together through conference calls online to create a working plan. As progress was made, the core staff members from different regions in Albania all gathered in person to further discuss plans and details.
The first thing that was decided was the theme of the workshop, “The Generation Of Legends.” Why did we choose this theme? It stemmed from our desire to have all the participants appreciate and understand this legendary age that we are living in. The founders, Rev. and Mrs. Moon, have invested a lot in the future of the younger generation. They have encouraged Albania to train and raise up 2000 young people who can take responsibility for the moral prosperity of the nation. The founders, lovingly called True Parents because of the care and love that they have invested into the young people just like parents, have stated that, “At every turning point in history, young people were responsible for change.”
Thanks to the vested efforts of the core staff and members all over Albania, a surprisingly large number of people applied to participate in this workshop. 210 participants had applied but unfortunately, due to the limited capacity of our Training Center, only 180 of those applicants were accepted. The staff had the difficult task of limiting the number of participants but they have been keeping in touch with all those who could not make it this time. They have already invited them to participate in other upcoming workshops.
In order to create a family-like environment, participants were put into ‘families’ of about 20 people. These twenty people on your team becomes your family for the next two days and beyond. This creates an atmosphere conducive to friendly bonds and caring for each other. Lectures offered both good theoretical content and practical steps that can be taken to become better people. Some of the topics covered were: ‘My Value’, ‘Conflict and Solution’, ‘Team Work and Core Values’, ‘Friendship and Family’, ‘Communication’ and a presentation on CARP.
Lastly, a challenge game was organized in the beautiful nature, a usual treat that participants look forward to at these CARP workshops. Everyone really enjoyed it.