Bosnia and Herzegovina is a decentralized state consisting of two entities, one district, ten cantons, twenty-four cities and one hundred and twenty municipalities. Such a large number of different levels of government bodies leads to confusion, as citizens are not always sure which of these levels they should turn to to address a particular issue (municipal, city, cantonal, entity or state). Therefore, it often happens that citizens’ complaints and suggestions are rejected only because they are addressed to a level of government that is not responsible for their problem.
Given that this problem leads to a waste of time and money for both citizens and officials, EDVACAY Fellows Anes Hodžić, Elma Kodro, Emina Obradović and Erma Kurtović believe that currently the most effective way to solve this problem would be the education of students and high school students. Knowing that people learn best and adopt new knowledge through play and when it is incorporated into some fun activity, our Fellows decided to educate Bosnian youth by using a game based on the concept of an escape room.
The training is conducted in a fun way with a game based on the concept of “escape room” in which participants use logic and knowledge about the political system of Bosnia and Herzegovina to solve certain puzzles that leads them to the goal. The goal of the game is to reach a pre-set goal, determined by an engaging storyline. Ultimately, players will have fun, but at the same time learn the tasks of different institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
By educating the younger generations of citizens, we would introduce them to the political system of Bosnia and Herzegovina, institutions at the municipal, city, cantonal, entity and state levels and their competencies, but also encourage them to participate in political life.