About "Encouraging Democratic Values and Active Citizenship Among Youth"

The seven-month long program has the goal of transferring knowledge on democratic principles and human rights, stimulating critical thinking about sensitive issues and encouraging the development of communication and research skills of participants. 

The program consists of the following components:

Eight-day educational program (30 November – 7 December 2013)

This part of the program aims primarily to transfer the knowledge on different models of democracy, democratic values, the basic postulates of active citizenship and democratic political culture, human rights, nationalism, identity, and youth activism. The practical component of this part of the program will focus on developing leadership, communication and research skills.

The first phase of the program – the educational and skill development module – took place in Sarajevo. Each day of the program was dedicated to a specific theme and consisted of lectures, discussions and workshops led by distinguished speakers and trainers,  including: Prof. Lamija Tanovic (University of Sarajevo), Prof. Dino Abazovic (Faculty of Political Science in Sarajevo), Dr. Sabina Cehajic-Clancy and Sabina Cudic (Sarajevo School of Science and Technology), Neda Zivanovic (Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade), Nina Seremet (Youth Initiative for Human Rights BiH), Darko Brkan (Why not?), Ivana Kesic (CIVITAS BiH), etc.

In addition to the educational objectives, the first phase of the program was envisioned as a platform for participants to establish direct contact with lecturers, trainers, activists with which they would be able to create and preserve professional connections after the end of the project.

Individual research (December 2013 – February 2014)

This allows participants to explore the issues which are more broadly connected to the existing obstacles that hinder the effective participation of youth in their local communities, and to  explore the examples of discrimination and violation of human rights among young people. Mentors will be assigned to participants, who will be able to offer guidelines during the research process.

Three-day training (March 2014)

This will give the participants an opportunity for the presentation of the individual research done by the participants, but also for the development of skills in the area of project and financial management. During this module, the participants will be divided into 3 groups and will work together to develop project ideas that will address some of the issues identified as “problematic” during the research phase. At the end of the training, each group will have designed their mini project and obtained funds for their implementation.  

The third phase of the program (the three-day intensive training) took place in Mostar between 20-23 March 2014. The main aim of the third phase of the program was to provide participants with skills and basic knowledge in project and financial management in order for them to be able to plan, implement and report about their group projects properly. Each of the learning segments was followed by practical work and assignments for participants. The second aim was to facilitate a process of planning group projects that will be implemented solely by program participants from the end of March until the end of June 2014. 

In addition, the participants presented their research papers, all the while showing interest in each other’s research and offering constructive criticism for improvement. On the last day of the training, they also learnt about using social media for promoting projects. This segment is going to be useful for obtaining more visibility of their projects during the next phase of the program, thus demonstrating the ability of young people, represented by program participants, to bring about change in their communities.

Implementation of group projects (April – June 2014)

Participants will have three months to implement their mini projects and to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the previous phases of the program.

Closing ceremony (end of June 2014)

This will be designed as a networking event which is going to take place in Sarajevo. Participants will be given the opportunity to present the implemented mini projects and discuss their accomplishments with the invited guests, embassy and NGO representatives, as well as the Bosnian Humanity in Action Board members and Senior Fellows. 

Travel, accommodation, meals and costs for working materials are covered by the organizers.

Participants will be awarded certificates upon successful completion of the program.

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