A visit to the City Museum of Novi Sad and Petrovaradin fortress was organized for the children from Roma beneficiary families involved in the project “Strengthening initiatives for active social inclusion of Roma families from the temporary settlements of Belgrade in other local communities in Serbia”. Representatives of the Danish Refugee Council in cooperation with representatives of the City Museum of Novi Sad organized an excursion for nine children from four beneficiary families.
Accompanied by a guide, the group first visited the underground military galleries of Petrovaradin fortress. At the entrance to the tunnel, the children were surprised by the temperature. While outside it was 40 degrees, in the tunnel itself it was 13 degrees. For the first time in their lives children saw the front lines, bedrooms, kitchen and former minefields laid in many corridors. They were interested to hear the stories of how the troops defended from invaders, and who the winner of the famous Battle of Petrovaradin was. The children were delighted with the magnificent view of Novi Sad and the Danube River from a plateau where the famous the Clock Tower is.
The group visited the Museum of the City of Novi Sad, where they were led by a guide on a tour of the Big War reserve Well. All children were surprised by the fact that this Well could supply the whole fortress with water. Children saw over 200 original exhibits throughout exhibition “Srem front and victory over fascism”. A special impression on children left the military uniforms and flags.
At the end of the excursion, the children saw the exhibits originating from the rich collections of Novi Sad and family legacy. The exhibits illustrate the life and culture of the life in Novi Sad in the period from the 18th to the 20th century.
The visit was organized as part of a regular project activities of the Danish Refugee Council, as the implementing partner of the OSCE, on the project “Strengthening initiatives for active social inclusion of Roma families from the temporary settlements of Belgrade in other local communities in Serbia”. The project is implemented in close cooperation with the Office for Human and Minority Rights in the framework of the project "Technical Support to the Office for Human and Minority Rights in the implementation of the National Strategy for Roma Inclusion in the Republic of Serbia" with the financial support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).