The Institute for Youth Development KULT and the German Embassy in Sarajevo are organising an international graffiti event on 12 and 13 March in the Educational-Leisure Centre for Youth SPAJALICA.


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We are pleased to be able to support through this event the contemporary and important branch of the art of graffiti! In June 2014 in Sarajevo, youth from over 20 countries gathered to discuss the moral of the last century. In their final conclusion they presented the most important three topics of our age, as they percieve them: overcoming nationalism, mutual networking of the youth and the active participation of citizens in the democratic process. The graffiti artists have, therefore, been invited to present the three topics artistically, Jens Wagner, the cultural attachĂ© of the Embassy of Germany in Sarajevo, pointed out.


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Six street artists – graffiti artists from BiH and Germany participated in the graffiti event and they painted the Educational–Leisure Centre for Youth with their proactive graffitis and drawings.  


The topics that the youth emphasized as important for them through our conferences, shall be painted on the walls by the graffiti artists from BiH and Germany. The Educational-Leisure Centre for Youth SPAJALICA is a centre that annually welcomes over 1600 young visitors from all over the world, so that the artistic message will be transferred through the graffiti paint to the visitors of the centre as well, Nejra Neimarlija Roi?, the project coordinator from the Institute for Youth Development KULT, stated.


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The graffiti event is organised, as well as the youth conference, as a part of the Mlada Evropa initiative supported by the European Union, as a part of the project Sarajevo 2014.


 


On Thursday and Friday, on 12 and 13 March 2015, the Institute for Youth Development KULT, in collaboration with the German Embassy in BiH, will organise a graffiti event in the Educational-Leisure Centre for Youth SPAJALICA.


 


Six graffiti artists from BiH and Germany will participate in the event. The aim of the graffiti event, which is a part of the Mlada Europa initiative, is for the graffiti artists to paint a room in the Educational-Leisure Centre for Youth SPAJALICA in IlidĹľa on a topic related to the initiative. The topics that the graffiti artists will present in their drawings are: international collaboration, active youth citizenship and overcoming the ethnical barriers.


The graffiti event is organised as a part of the Mlada Europa initiative,  that was a part of the project Sarajevo 2014, with the financial support of the European Union, and with the collaboration of the Institute and the German Embassy in BiH.


 

The Institute for Youth Development KULT, in cooperation with the German Embassy, is continuing with the implementation of activities within the Mlada Evropa initiative. After the international youth conference held in Sarajevo, from June 26 to July 4, 2014, and the first regional conference in Mostar, on November 7, 2014, time has come for the second of the three planned regional conferences. The second conference will be held in Banjaluka and the third will be held in Tuzla.


The regional conference will serve as a meeting point for youth officers, youth leaders, representatives of youth councils, representatives od the government sector, and will foster a discussion on the position of youth and ways of improving it. 


This will be a two-part conference. During the first part, the participants will be addressed by Mr Jens Wagner, Cultural Attachee of the German Embassy and representatives of the government sector in BiH responsible for youth issues. After the introductory and welcome speeches, the participants will take part in workshops on the following topics: "Overcoming ethnic divisions", "International connections and "Active citizenship". 


The second part of the conference will be dedicated to a SWOT analysis focusing on youth, with the ultimate goal of analysing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats faced by youth in BiH.


After the final regional conference, conclusions from all the conferences will be published in a document detailing the positions of youth and offering solutions to youth problems. 



 


The second regional conference, held in Banja Luka on February 13, 2015, was attended by youth officers, representatives of nongovernmental organisations whose focus includes youth issues and representatives of youth councils in RS and FBiH. The regional conference in Banja Luka included the promotion of the conclusions from the international youth conference celebrating 100 years since the beginning of WWI, reached by 120 youth from 22 countries in Sarajevo, in June and July of 2014. The youth believe that the most important youth issues today are: active citizenship, international cooperation and overcoming ethnic barriers with the aim of preventing fighting, and promoting sustainable peace building.



During the conference, youth from the Banja Luka region discussed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats faced by youth. The young activists listed foreign languages, resourcefulness and motivation as youth strengths and apathy and passivity as weaknesses which must be analysed and remedied. Youth in BiH have access to mobility and education at reputable institutions in the world, and they also have opportunities for activism in BiH. The biggest threat to youth is unemployment, a systemic problem in BiH.


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During the regional conference in Banja Luka, the participants were addressed by Mr Vladimir Pandurevi?, representative of the Delegation of the EU in BiH, Mr Jens Wagner, representative of German Embassy in BiH, Miloš Blagojevi?, President of the Youth Council of Republika Srpska (OSRS), who presented the activities conducted by the Council, and a representative of the Institute – Nejra Neimarlija Roi?.  




«The European Union allocated 2 million Euros for commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, with the goal of focusing on the things that connect us, rather than the differences – which is the main goal of the project Sarajevo 2014, which is supported by the European Union. This initiative placed special focus on youth and culture as the guarantee for a better future», stated Mr Vladimir Pandurevi?. 



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Mr Jens Wagner from the German Embassy in BiH, emphasised the potential of youth and the importance of the social inclusion of youth. «BiH has a lot of youth with great potential. Seven days ago we interviewed scholarship candidates and engineering students from Banja Luka impressed us. Sadly, many youth with that kind of potential are frustrated due to a lack of prospects and the political stagnation. Therefore, it is important that those in power listen to youth and enable their voices to be heard.»


 


 


The final regional conference will be held in April in Tuzla. After the final one, the conclusions from all three regional conferences will be consolidated and promoted, so that they can serve as recommendations for the government and the nongovermental sector in their efforts to improve the position of youth.



 

The Institute for Youth Development KULT in cooperation with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, is continuing with activities within the Mlada Evropa initiative. To that purpose, one of three planned regional conferences was held in Mostar today. The remaining two conferences will be held in Banja Luka and Tuzla.


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During the regional conference in Mostar, Youth Officers, the representatives of youth organisations and youth leaders discussed the importance of active citizenship, especially in a country where only slightly more than 50% of eligible voters vote. The participants also discussed the importance of international connectedness and overcoming ethnic barriers with the aim of ensuring a better future for youth. These are the topics chosen by young people from 22 different countries who attended the international youth conference held in Sarajevo, in June 2014, said Nejra Neimarlija Roi?, coordinator of the initiative “Mlada Evropa”.


The goal of the regional conference in Mostar, held on November 7, 2014, is to provide a meeting ground for youth officers, youth leaders, youth council leaders from FBiH and Republika Srpska, and representatives of the government sector. The participants of the conference were addressed by Adnan Husi? from the Commission for Coordination of Youth Issues of the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH, who talked about the position of youth and ways of improving it.

One of the most important aspects of the work performed by the German Embassy in BiH is the direct involvement of youth and intensification of contact with their peers from other parts of the world. In that way they expand their horizons and in doing so overcome ethnic prejudice. During our conferences in Sarajevo and Mostar, we had the opportunity to bring together young activists who exchanged experiences, dreams and concerns. “I am impressed with the creativity and energy of this young generation. I am certain that they will find a way to solve the problems, and that BiH will start moving towards our common goal – EU integration, emphasized Jens Wagner, the first Secretary for Culture, Media and Protocol of the German Embassy.


The conference in Mostar comprised two thematic segments, starting with the address of Mr Wagner, and representatives of the government sector in BiH, dealing primarily with youth issues.


The second part consisted of workshops on the topics of “Overcoming Ethnic Divisions”, “International connectedness” and “Active Citizenship”. The young participants also conducted a SWOT analysis of the position of youth in BiH, with the goal of the workshop being an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses as well as opportunities and threats faced by youth in BiH.


The final goal of all the conferences is to produce a unified document about the position of youth in BiH, offering solutions for youth issues, which will be made by the Institute for Youth Development KULT.


 

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