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Youth from Kosovo wants to learn Serbian language

Youth from Kosovo wants to learn Serbian language

Although older generation speak Serbian, young people in Kosovo can’t speak this language. The reason is that they don’t have the opportunity to learn Serbian in schools, in spite of the fact that Serbian language is the second official language in Kosovo. However, young people from Kosovo show a lot of interest to learn Serbian. More in the story brought by Vjosa Cerkini.

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Youth from Kosovo wants to learn Serbian language

Although older generation speak Serbian, young people in Kosovo can’t speak this language. The reason is that they don’t have the opportunity to learn Serbian in schools, in spite of the fact that Serbian language is the second official language in Kosovo. However, young people from Kosovo show a lot of interest to learn Serbian. More in the story brought by Vjosa Cerkini.

How do Montenegrin atheists live?

According to the MONSTAT Institute of Statistics in Montenegro, there are 7,600 atheists, or about 1.5 percent of the population, while religiosity is increasing, many studies say, and religiosity is implied. What is the life of the Montenegrin atheists in the story of our Jelena Kontić.

I want to change the educational system

While filming Perspektiva in Cazin and Velika Kladuša, we met Lajla Žalić, the president of  student council of USC. She attends Gymnasium in Velika Kladuša and since early high school days she has been involved in many extracurricular activities. Her activism made her critically aware of educational system in her school and town, and that’s exactly why she wants to change it. 

Author: Azem Kurtić

I am the girl that breaks prejudices

While her peers are thinking about leaving the state, Alisa thinks about breaking prejudices in her surroundings. She says she likes challenges, so she mastered the art of photography and she does photography for living. She also had a motorcycle ride, and she loves and controlles drones.

Author: Azem Kurtić

The students in Prishtina raise their voice

Students of journalism at the University of Prishtina in their regular activities within the Public Relations course managed to address many of the social problems that plague the citizens of Kosovo. Whether it’s about victims of sexual violence during a recent war or breast cancer, the message of student campaigns is clear: “Silence does not help!”. More in the story of Vjosa Čerkina.

We have to talk about the violence

Peer violence cases in Montenegro gained public attention when a girl’s father stated that she had taken her own life. The second is the case of a 12-year-old girl who was abused by a group of older boys for more than a month, harassed, filmed, blackmailed, asking for money and valuable things from her. After that, the children and the parents started to stand up. The State Prosecution has no record of cases of peer violence, while the NGO “Parents” survey showed that every fourth child in the past school year experienced some form of peer violence.

Author: Jelena Kontić

Youth from Kosovo wants to learn Serbian language

Youth from Kosovo wants to learn Serbian language

Although older generation speak Serbian, young people in Kosovo can’t speak this language. The reason is that they don’t have the opportunity to learn Serbian in schools, in spite of the fact that Serbian language is the second official language in Kosovo. However, young people from Kosovo show a lot of interest to learn Serbian. More in the story brought by Vjosa Cerkini.

Youth strategy exists only on paper

Youth strategy exists only on paper

In 2015 The Government of Northern Macedonia adopted the Youth Strategy, which should regulate all things related to this population. However, the Strategy was adopted in a non-transparent manner, and many Macedonian organizations from North Macedonia have warned of major failures in making it. The other problem is that the Strategy exists only on paper and is not being implemented by the institutions. More in Kristine Ozimec’s story.

Introducing: New Third Path

Introducing: New Third Path

“The New Third Way” is a multidisciplinary organization founded in May 2017 by young people, with the aim of offering a new approach to political analysis in the times of right and left populism. The mission of the organization is to contribute to social progress through argumentative, academically based and socially responsible public action.

We have to rebel against ourselves

We have to rebel against ourselves

The life of young people in Maglaj is not easy. At least we concluded this through a conversation with Admir Ahmetbegović, a graduate of the High School in Maglaj. One of the issues that Admir looked at is that graduates do not have a place to celebrate a prom. He also spoke about the freedom of speech and educational system.

Never again about us without us

Never again about us without us

In the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the exhibition “Breaking Free: Children born of war”, exhibition about the children born as a result of the war, was opened. This is the first exhibition organized by the “Forgotten Children of War” association, which aims to show the various barriers that stigma and discrimination have placed on the life-time of women survivors of rape and children born as a result of this disruptive act. Also, the exhibition shows the struggle, strength, perseverance and above all humanity in the struggle of these categories.

It is estimated that during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 30,000 and 50,000 women, girls and men were raped. Although there is no accurate data, it is estimated that approximately 4000 children in Bosnia and Herzegovina are born because of the rape. Although estimates are concerned, it is believed that the number of children is much higher because some children are immediately admitted to adoption, and there is no official record of this.

In addition to the exhibition, a round table was held during which everyone present had a chance to talk to children born of war. 

Although children born because of the war are completely invisible in the B&H law, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as stated on the round table, is far ahead of other countries when it comes to these issues. One of the most deserving of this is President of the Association Ajna Jusic, who has clearly stated, “Never again about us without us!”

The “Breaking Free: Children born for war” exhibition in the B&H History Museum will be open until Sunday, April 14th.

The video story about the exhibition and activities of the association “Forgotten Children of War” is brought by Azem Kurtić.

Be a Balkan Booster!

Be a Balkan Booster!

Are you eager to find out who are the people who live in your neighboring countries and what are their stories? Do they have the same problems as you do? Are you interested in the environment? If all the answers are „Yes“, and you also like shooting videos with your phone camera and love social media, than you are in the right place!

People lack empathy

People lack empathy

If we witness the violence, the responsibility of every citizen is to react and report the same. This also applies to the laws in each of the countries of the region. However, only the existence of a law is not enough to honor it. We talked about (lack of) reaction to violence with the youth in Kotor, and on our portal we publish parts of the story that have not entered the final shows due to time constraints.

The strength and importance of local movement

The strength and importance of local movement

Serbia has been protesting “1 out of 5 million” for several months as a reaction to the current social and political situation in the country. After major protests in Belgrade, protests were organized in other, smaller and larger, Serbian towns organized by smaller local groups of citizens. Local movements are the subject of our Aleksandar Klaric talking with Nikola Milovic, founder of the “Opportunity” group from Šapca. More in the video.

EYOF 2019: Step from a dream to reality

EYOF 2019: Step from a dream to reality

The closing ceremony of the biggest sport event in B&H, after Olympics Games in 1984, was held last Friday in East Sarajevo. Young PR team made of contestants from six countries of Western Balkan was formed as a special project within EYOF. They had a task to explore Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, their past and present, but also to build better future together.

“In youth eyes” was the name of the project implemented by EYOF, RYCO and “Munja”, financed by Embassy of France in B&H. Final product of their work in Sarajevo that shows how they saw Sarajevo, can be seen in the video.

Source: RYCOWB

EYOF unites youth from the region

EYOF unites youth from the region

As part of the EYOF, a special project was organized aiming to present this event through the eyes of young people. 14 young people from six Western Balkan countries gathered a young PR team with a mission to discover the city, track games and connect with each other. The project is a joint activity of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office in the Western Balkans (RYCO), “MUNJA” Incubator of Social Innovations from Sarajevo and the French Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Reflections on Sarajevo’s first pride parade

I hope this is the first of many such parades, which will not only lead to an increasing visibility and acceptance of LGBT+ individuals and identities. I also hope this will force the government to take action and deal with problems faced by the community, particularly issues of violence, both physical and systemic.

Youth from Kosovo wants to learn Serbian language

Although older generation speak Serbian, young people in Kosovo can’t speak this language. The reason is that they don’t have the opportunity to learn Serbian in schools, in spite of the fact that Serbian language is the second official language in Kosovo. However, young people from Kosovo show a lot of interest to learn Serbian. More in the story brought by Vjosa Cerkini.

How do Montenegrin atheists live?

According to the MONSTAT Institute of Statistics in Montenegro, there are 7,600 atheists, or about 1.5 percent of the population, while religiosity is increasing, many studies say, and religiosity is implied. What is the life of the Montenegrin atheists in the story of our Jelena Kontić.

I want to change the educational system

While filming Perspektiva in Cazin and Velika Kladuša, we met Lajla Žalić, the president of  student council of USC. She attends Gymnasium in Velika Kladuša and since early high school days she has been involved in many extracurricular activities. Her activism made her critically aware of educational system in her school and town, and that’s exactly why she wants to change it. 

Author: Azem Kurtić

I am the girl that breaks prejudices

While her peers are thinking about leaving the state, Alisa thinks about breaking prejudices in her surroundings. She says she likes challenges, so she mastered the art of photography and she does photography for living. She also had a motorcycle ride, and she loves and controlles drones.

Author: Azem Kurtić

The students in Prishtina raise their voice

Students of journalism at the University of Prishtina in their regular activities within the Public Relations course managed to address many of the social problems that plague the citizens of Kosovo. Whether it’s about victims of sexual violence during a recent war or breast cancer, the message of student campaigns is clear: “Silence does not help!”. More in the story of Vjosa Čerkina.

Youth strategy exists only on paper

In 2015 The Government of Northern Macedonia adopted the Youth Strategy, which should regulate all things related to this population. However, the Strategy was adopted in a non-transparent manner, and many Macedonian organizations from North Macedonia have warned of major failures in making it. The other problem is that the Strategy exists only on paper and is not being implemented by the institutions. More in Kristine Ozimec’s story.

Introducing: New Third Path

“The New Third Way” is a multidisciplinary organization founded in May 2017 by young people, with the aim of offering a new approach to political analysis in the times of right and left populism. The mission of the organization is to contribute to social progress through argumentative, academically based and socially responsible public action.

We have to rebel against ourselves

The life of young people in Maglaj is not easy. At least we concluded this through a conversation with Admir Ahmetbegović, a graduate of the High School in Maglaj. One of the issues that Admir looked at is that graduates do not have a place to celebrate a prom. He also spoke about the freedom of speech and educational system.

Never again about us without us

In the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the exhibition “Breaking Free: Children born of war”, exhibition about the children born as a result of the war, was opened. This is the first exhibition organized by the “Forgotten Children of War” association, which aims to show the various barriers that stigma and discrimination have placed on the life-time of women survivors of rape and children born as a result of this disruptive act. Also, the exhibition shows the struggle, strength, perseverance and above all humanity in the struggle of these categories.

It is estimated that during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 30,000 and 50,000 women, girls and men were raped. Although there is no accurate data, it is estimated that approximately 4000 children in Bosnia and Herzegovina are born because of the rape. Although estimates are concerned, it is believed that the number of children is much higher because some children are immediately admitted to adoption, and there is no official record of this.

In addition to the exhibition, a round table was held during which everyone present had a chance to talk to children born of war. 

Although children born because of the war are completely invisible in the B&H law, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as stated on the round table, is far ahead of other countries when it comes to these issues. One of the most deserving of this is President of the Association Ajna Jusic, who has clearly stated, “Never again about us without us!”

The “Breaking Free: Children born for war” exhibition in the B&H History Museum will be open until Sunday, April 14th.

The video story about the exhibition and activities of the association “Forgotten Children of War” is brought by Azem Kurtić.

Be a Balkan Booster!

Are you eager to find out who are the people who live in your neighboring countries and what are their stories? Do they have the same problems as you do? Are you interested in the environment? If all the answers are „Yes“, and you also like shooting videos with your phone camera and love social media, than you are in the right place!

People lack empathy

If we witness the violence, the responsibility of every citizen is to react and report the same. This also applies to the laws in each of the countries of the region. However, only the existence of a law is not enough to honor it. We talked about (lack of) reaction to violence with the youth in Kotor, and on our portal we publish parts of the story that have not entered the final shows due to time constraints.

The strength and importance of local movement

Serbia has been protesting “1 out of 5 million” for several months as a reaction to the current social and political situation in the country. After major protests in Belgrade, protests were organized in other, smaller and larger, Serbian towns organized by smaller local groups of citizens. Local movements are the subject of our Aleksandar Klaric talking with Nikola Milovic, founder of the “Opportunity” group from Šapca. More in the video.

EYOF 2019: Step from a dream to reality

The closing ceremony of the biggest sport event in B&H, after Olympics Games in 1984, was held last Friday in East Sarajevo. Young PR team made of contestants from six countries of Western Balkan was formed as a special project within EYOF. They had a task to explore Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, their past and present, but also to build better future together.

“In youth eyes” was the name of the project implemented by EYOF, RYCO and “Munja”, financed by Embassy of France in B&H. Final product of their work in Sarajevo that shows how they saw Sarajevo, can be seen in the video.

Source: RYCOWB

EYOF unites youth from the region

As part of the EYOF, a special project was organized aiming to present this event through the eyes of young people. 14 young people from six Western Balkan countries gathered a young PR team with a mission to discover the city, track games and connect with each other. The project is a joint activity of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office in the Western Balkans (RYCO), “MUNJA” Incubator of Social Innovations from Sarajevo and the French Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Are You Ready to See EYOF Through Youth Eyes?

SARAJEVO – The European Youth Olympic Festival started in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday. As the official partner of EYOF volunteers’, YOUNG PR Team from Western Balkans gathered and is currently in Sarajevo as volunteers of EYOF 2019.

A tradition that is, luckily, fading away

Early marriages are a big problem in minority groups. In a place Dubrava in Kosovo, until 2014. 88 early marriages have been formed. From 2014. until now, that number has decreased to 34. It is still the number we can not neglect. More about this topic you can learn in a story by our Vjosa Cerkini.

Youth of Kosovo: the bridge that connects young Serbs and Albanians

Kosovska Mitrovica once had a reputation of a mining town, while today it is considered to be a symbol of divided citys. Our Vjosa Çerkini brings a story about young people who dare to cross the “Ibar Bridge”, and in addition, they jointly build new bridges between young Serbs and Albanians.

Kosovo is not an industry of Fake News

Fake news is a term that marked the year 2016. Consequences of fake news are often incomprehensible in full.
The methods of fighting fake news are diverse, and some of them involve checking sources of information, informing from a variety of sources or tracking specialized media dealing exclusively with the dissemination of false news. Fake news were of interest to our correspondent in Kosovo, Vjosa Cerkini, who brings a story about this phenomenon in Kosovo.

“World forums are one of the indicators of how far we are alienated from each other.”

World Youth Forum is a free platform that brings together young people from all over the world, decision makers and various influential officials. This forum gives young people the opportunity to network both with top policy makers and with other young people who are determined to create changes in the world we live in.
This year, the forum was held from November 3rd to 6th in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, with participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region who continued their education abroad. Our interlocutors recognized the importance of a forum like this, and outlined why similar platforms would be useful in the Balkans.

See the whole story in the video.

To be free = to be true to yourself

Zoran and Filip from Novi Sad told us about their coming out experience and situations they are facing because they are members of LGBT population.

SHL EVENT 2018 – How to make your community better?

Trebinje was a host for “Let’s create together” event at end of the June. It gathered over 100 young people from B&H with one aim: to connect and empower youth as initiators of change in their local communities. Young people, activists from SchülerHelfenLeben foundation were participating in this event. They exchanged experiences and practices of youth engagement; they elected the best project that was supported by SHL and new SHL activism ambassador; and they participated in big volunteer action that resulted with two big murals in Trebinje as a gift to the young people there. Participant intended to give answers, from their examples, on: How to make your community better?

Youth from Serbia, Croatia and B&H: Facing the past for better future!

In the beginning of June 50 young people from Serbia, Croatia and B&H came to Srebrenica. They were gathered for regional peace event “To common European future” with participants from Sombor, Vukovar, Gornji Vakuf/Uskoplje, Tuzla, Kladanj, Sekovici, Bratunac and Srebrenica.
They visited Memorial Center in Potocari dedicated to Bosniac genocide victims, as well as the Memorial Room dedicated to Serb victims in Srebrenica. The youth talked about importance of facing the past as foundation for better and peaceful future.

People of Sarajevo to refugees: “Welcome!”

Photographers, musicians and citizen of Sarajevo sent a welcoming message to refugees who are currently staying at Bosnia and Herzegovina, or are just passing through. The multimedia art program was set up in History Museum with shows called “People of Sarajevo” and “The Balkan Route”, and afterwards two concerts for support were held by Dubioza kolektiv and Helem nejse bands.

PUSH BREAK: How to get to youth’s success in B&H?

Youth journalistic association in B&H is implementing a project called “Push break” for a year now. It was envisioned like “live talk show”. At the same time it is a platform for critical thinking and opinion exchange in public discourse. Last question was: How does road to success looks like for young people in B&H?

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