Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Republika Srpska and Center for Equitable Regional Development – CenTriR, in the period from March 7-9, 2014, organized a seminar at Zlatibor for high school students from eight border municipalities and cities in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The aim of the seminar in Zlatibor was to provide the group of 32 high school students from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia with the chance to expand the knowledge and skills acquired during the first seminar organized in Srebrenica within the project “Youth – Most Important Driving Engine of our Region”.  During the previous seminar in Srebreinica,  high schools students  from Goražde, Foča, Višegrad, Srebrenica, Prijepolje, Nova Varoš, Čajetina and Užice were taught about human rights, the rights of national minorities and mechanisms for their protection, the concepts of interculturalism and multiculturalism, stereotypes and prejudice, non-violent communication and peaceful conflict resolution.

During the seminar organized at Zlatibor the participants discussed youth policies, activism and volunteerism, in order to define the actual problems in their local communities and to encourage others to be active in civil society. With the support of lecturers and a moderator a special attention was paid to the preparation of local action plans which the participants of the seminar will implement in their local communities in 2014. The action plans which were created according to the previously identified problems in the involved local communities will be realized in cooperation with Youth Offices/Commissions and local authorities from respective local communities.

The funding for the project was secured by the European Union under the IPA Cross-border Programme Serbia – Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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