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More than 20 girls and boys spent another great weekend learning and having fun during our training for our youngest participants - UMiD Kids. Over the weekend, our little participants learned about choices and consequences, and the importance of taking responsibility for their actions.

Kids enjoyed the roleplay exercise, which showed them in a simple and practical way how every decision we make has consequences that can be good or bad, depending on our judgment and decision making. We talked about what to do if our actions cause bad consequences. Problem solving is a very important topic that we spent a lot of time on, and we used practical examples to show that every problem has a solution. By talking about the problems we encounter, how we can respond to them and solve them the easiest way we can, kids learned a lot about themselves and others.

During this module, the young participants visited the City Hall and Inat kuća in Sarajevo. They were happy to act the role of councilpersons and make decisions important for children and our community. 

The next, final, module will be held on July 25 and 26, and will be focused on team work and anger management. Eight-year-old Nika says that UMiD Kids is a really fun summer activity and that she’s sad the training is ending, but also happy that she took part in the first training. Maša Hodžić, participant Ema’s mom, said she was grateful for the effort the UMiD Kids team invests every month to make sure that the training is organized impeccably. 

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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.

Potpisivanje ugovora sa mladima

Youth in BiH are often labeled as passive and indifferent. This, however, couldn’t be further from the truth, as evidenced by the Learn, Think and Act! training for young leaders. Members of the 16th UMiD generation will be implementing their initiatives in 11 cities across BiH in an effort to improve and help their communities. They will have the support of the Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in BiH, who are providing 15,000 BAM of funding to these young people with ideas.

Petar Vidović from Foča is one of the training participants who will be supported by the Institute while he spends the next few months organizing the first Summit of Medical Students - Researchers in BiH. Petar says the Summit in Foča will include students from medical faculties in Mostar, Sarajevo and Foča, and the focus will be on science activism. “Our goal is to encourage participants of the Summit to form professional associations focused on research projects. We would also like to establish an informal union of student researchers in BiH, so we can cooperate on research important for our society and write scientific papers together”, said this young researcher, adding that the Summit will involve 15 top students with experience in research projects and publishing papers.

The Summit in Foča is one of many planned activities - youth from 10 other communities will conduct initiatives aimed at promoting and building trust and reconciliation among young people, protecting human rights and building young people’s capacities and skills. Some of the projects will promote young people’s right to run for elections, advocate for improving youth infrastructure and support the development of skills young people need to adequately respond to the demands of modern society.

By signing these contracts today, the Institute for Youth Development KULT continues providing youth across BiH with financial support and mentorship.

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Over the past 7 days, from July 9 to 15, 23 future young leaders from 13 BiH towns have been spending time together at the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA during the Learn, Think and Act! Summer school. During the Summer school, participants worked on self-empowerment, learned about human rights and took part in interactive exercises designed to teach them conflict-solving skills. Fair weather allowed them to take advantage of all the amenities offered by Spajalica, including the nearby park where some of the exercises took place.

Anesa Čutuna, a participant from Goražde, shared her impressions:

“All the previous modules were permeated with anticipation of the Summer school because we knew it would be something special. I spent seven days with people who are here for the same reason, people who became like family to me. We bonded even more, and I believe we forged some life-long friendships. We laughed and had fun together while learning new things, working in groups, and sharing our opinions with others. We got to meet experienced individuals who were once in our shoes and who approached us as friends more than trainers. The most memorable part, the thing that brought us together was the exploration of emotions. We realized how important self-esteem is, and that we have to always try to grow and improve. Exploring our emotions let us realize how similar we are, and that we all have stories we kept hidden until today. During this Summer school, we worked up the courage to share with people we trust all the stories we had to tell - good and bad. Without judgment, without prejudice, we were all there for each other, offering affection and hugs whenever needed. We’re going home with countless memories and lessons we’ll be drawing on in all kinds of circumstances. This was really something special - so special that I have no words that can do justice to how I feel about these people and the Institute.”

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The participants also took part in study visits and extracurricular activities, such as the visit to the War Childhood Museum.

“Our visit to the Was Childhood Museum left a strong impression on me. All the exhibits are presented in such a simple, comprehensive way. I studied each exhibit in detail, taking the time to read the description and find out why a particular item was chosen. The museum had swings, old clothes, notebooks that children did their homework in during the war. I didn’t expect these items to make me reflect so deeply on how they must have felt during the war, and what they’d been through. The video interviews with people describing what happened to them made the strongest impression on me. When I left the museum, I realized how much happiness there is in little things, and that violence is never the solution because it can rob someone of the best years of their childhood”, said Marko Vračević, a participant from Mostar.

Music abounded during the Summer school, but music therapy workshops brought in particularly impactful melodies. Ajdin Karić, a participant from Srebrenik, currently a university student in Sarajevo, had this to say about the music therapy workshop:

“The music therapy we had with the expert who led the workshops was a welcome tool for lifting out mood and getting rid of the negative energy that tends to pile up, especially since that day was busier than usual. Another interesting aspect was the opportunity to express ourselves through music and create a rhythm together. We learned about new instruments from around the world and got to try our hand at playing some of them. Experiencing the harmony and the feeling of togetherness we created was phenomenal. The session just flew by and we all wished it could have lasted longer.”

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Džejla Balić from Konjic was another participant who shared her experience and impressions from the Summer school:

During these unforgettable 7 days that I spent in the Learn, Think, and Act” training for young leaders, I had an amazing time with other participants who were very cooperative with trainers, accepting of group work and generous with empathy. The trainers were a special highlight - they did their best to share their knowledge and experience with us and to motivate us to fight for our rights and understand our emotions. I think the topics we learned about during these three modules are very important and that we always have something new to learn. We, the 16th generation of UMiD put maximum effort in each activity and always tried to share positive messages. During these seven days, we bonded more than ever before and became a real family. I’d recommend this experience to everyone because this was really a very productive week that we’ll remember for a long time to come.”

UMiD 16 is implemented within the project Dialogue for a Joint Future, supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in BiH.

Drugi dan modula

The eighth module of UMiD Kids took place at the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA and at the spring of the Bosnia river. This time, we taught little ones about discipline, punishment and reward, with the help of Amel Tuka, BiH’s best athlete.

We used this module for role-playing too - our participants played the role of TV show guests. During their “appearance” on TV, they talked about what they learned during the training, shared their impressions and reflected on the differences between this training and their classes at school.

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Our participants and their parents shared their impressions from this module.

Karim, a 9-year-old boy was very excited about spending time with Amel, but he said that the second day was also eventful and that he learned to take responsibility for the tasks he is given.

9-year-old Dora says she loves being a part of UMiD Kids because she met new friends. She says she’s always looking forward to the sessions and learning new things.

The parents say they’re very pleased with the training and grateful to Spajalica and the Institute for caring about the little ones, and they’re also looking forward to new modules.

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.  

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UMiD Kids is implemented by the Institute for Youth Development KULT and attended by kids ages 8 to 10. The training is free for the children because the costs are covered by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in BiH.

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