A CHALLENGE CALLED
For those of you who don't know me, my
name is Emil Kirjas. I come from Skopje, the capital of Macedonia and am
22 years old.
As you can see I'm quite young, but I
take that as an advantage and not as a disadvantage. Usually the younger
people are more open, full of ideas and energy, willing to prove
themselves in front of the others and sometimes less compromising in
realizing their ideas and tasks.
The experience is also one of the crucial
things for being able actively to contribute in the work of an
international organization such as IFLRY. Personally I have been the
International Officer of LUM,
since 1994. In the last years I have participated on a large number of
international events that covered different topics - educational
seminars, training programs and bilateral exchanges. Not only the
knowledge that is received is significant. All of the contacts
established in that period can help in making the international work
more effective and interesting.
But what else can I offer in my work in
the new IFLRY Bureau? I said I am young, but I still remember how the
life used to look like 10 years ago in my country. As in the other
former communist countries, in Macedonia, claiming to be a liberal was
considered a political and juridical crime. Raising the subjects of the
individual rights and the free market economy were condemned as a crime
of high degree. Now a lot of people in the rest of the world understand
how difficult it is for the communist-brain-washed people to transform
themselves and widely to accept the values of an open and civic society.
I have that experience and knowledge, but I'm also a person from the
first generation who's education was liberated from ideology.
The communication with the people of
different nationalities can sometimes be obstacle from the perspective
of the languages. Even though globally the most of the young people can
use the English language in their communication on international level,
we can not neglect the fact that a lot of young people do not have such
a knowledge. We have to avoid the possibility of having an unpleasant
feeling among those people. I'll try to help out this problem to get
solved by using, beside the English language, my knowledge of German,
French and Russian language.
The involvement with the international-
and especially European youth structures was always at the top of my
priorities and interest. By being member of the Executive Board of the
Macedonian Youth Council I had the opportunity to meet people from
different organizations, both from Macedonia and Europe, and enjoyed the
ability to defend the liberal values in front of different kind of
people. This is also a very important point since IFLRY as an
International NGO participates in the international and European youth
structures where it deserves a decent representation.
Even though there are other things to be
said I don't want to take away a lot of your attention. Just let me and
up with a warm thanks on the support given to me by electing me a member
of the IFLRY Bureau. I'll use the regular phrase that I'll do my best in
the IFLRY work, but the time flies through so fast that you'll be still
remembering this text when that estimation of my work will be on the
agenda of the IFLRY General Assembly in 1999.