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Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA hosted the 5th and 6th module of the UMiD Kids training. After all the online learning and socializing on video, we were all excited about spending time together again. The 27 participants of these two modules were divided into two groups so we can comply with physical distancing rules, but we all learned about the same topics - Love, Respect and Empathy.

The kids learned about the basic definitions of these terms, and gave their own interpretations. One of the most important tasks of the training was teaching the children to recognize love, respect and empathy in their own and other people’s behavior.

In addition to learning and socializing, we found time to make delicious pancakes. The kids were responsible for preparing the ingredients, serving pancakes and cleaning up, and our trainers supported them throughout.

The children and their parents were thrilled with the training, and said that they are grateful and impatient to meet again at the end of June. Sajma Čenanović, participant Afan’s mom, had this to say about the training: “Wonderful, the kids loved it! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone again.”

UMiD Kids is an interactive educational program for children, consisting of 12 modules dealing with topics relevant to a child’s intellectual, emotional and sociological development. The goal of this program is to improve children’s confidence, deepen their connection with parents, their school and friends, to help them see themselves and others in context and more clearly, to develop a sensibility to others and themselves.  

UMiD Kids is implemented by the Institute for Youth Development KULT with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in BiH.

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The Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Movement Dođi sebi issued a call for essays entitled NISI SAMA (You are not alone), to celebrate Orange Day in April 2020. The contest was held entirely online, due to the current coronavirus pandemic. The authors used essays to send a message of support to victims of violence.

The winner, selected by a committee, will receive a symbolic reward from the Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Movement Dođi sebi, and an opportunity to take part in a short film called “Open Your Eyes”, that the Institute is producing to celebrate Orange Day. We received more than 20 essays from authors across the country, and the committee selected Indira Muharemović’s essay “Niste same” (You are not alone). You can read all essays in the gallery we made on our Facebook page. 

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Violence against women is defined in the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women and relates to all acts of gender-based violence that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life. This Convention defines domestic violence as:  “(…) all acts of physical, sexual, psychological or economic violence that occur within the family or domestic unit or between former or current spouses or partners, whether or not the perpetrator shares or has shared the same residence with the victim.” (Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, Istanbul, May 11, 2011)

Orange Day, a day dedicated to combatting violence against women, is celebrated worldwide on the 25th day of every month. It’s important to note that physical violence is not the only type of violence inflicted on women, and far from the only way of making women feel neglected, betrayed, denied human rights. According to data from the Agency for Gender Equality, 52.8% of women suffered some form of violence. Although there are some statistical data, it isn’t enough to be precise.

Due to the current situation caused by COVID-19, victims of violence are forced to spend more time with their abusers, which led to an increase in reports of domestic violence. This is why the entire society has to take part and support victims of violence. Report violence anonymously by calling 1264 (RS) and 1265 (FBiH).

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Our hard-working, ambitious, and motivated participants of the Learn, Think and Act! training for young leaders, generation 16, continued with their online modules. The fourth training module (second online module) focused on public advocacy and lobbying. During three days of online training, the participants learned about the steps in public advocacy, methods, and techniques and how they can create their own advocacy initiatives.

Online modules present challenges both to the trainers and the participants. Edna Mulić from Brčko District shared her opinion about the online modules.

“I’m someone who thrives on human contact, working with people and networking, so online modules were hard to adjust to. Mostly because there were times when it’s impossible to maintain focus and concentration. I really liked that the modules retained the same structure and kept the same agenda. In the offline world we’d always walk into a room to find the agenda on our chairs, with information about breaks, lunch, and our assignments. I have only good things to say about the trainers and their patience, work, and understanding throughout the two online modules. Of course, no matter how hard they try it’s impossible for us to maintain focus at all times, because we’re looking at our phones or laptops for hours.

Although online modules and lectures are great, nothing can replace the magic of human contact when it comes to teamwork and learning. The most important lesson we learned is that technology cannot replace our fundamental need for human contact and spending time together.”

UMiD 16 is implemented with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in BiH.

During the Learn, Think and Act! for kids, our youngest participants showed us how important learning is. During this module, 26 children from Sarajevo Canton spent some time together learning helpful techniques for studying, memorizing information and communication. Due to the current coronavirus prevention measures, we met our young participants online. According to their parents, it was a fun and educational experience: What I heard was interesting for us adults too. They use very practical methods for memorizing information.

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We believe that children benefit from supplementing formal education with some non-formal programs, that help them stay in touch with their peers and develop their skills. The parents of our participants agree. Thank you for everything you do for our children. The module was great, I have nothing but praise for how it was organized. A big thank you to you and to Lejla, Ema’s trainer, and to all of you who are working hard to organize the training during these unusual times. I truly hope I’ll see you soon in person, said the mom of a participant.

UMiD Kids is an interactive educational program for children, consisting of 12 modules dealing with topics relevant to a child’s intellectual, emotional and social development. The goal of this program is to improve children’s confidence, deepen their connection with parents, their school and friends, to help them see themselves and others in context and more clearly, to develop a sensibility to others and themselves. 

UMiD Kids is implemented by the Institute for Youth Development KULT with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in BiH.

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