Posjeta TV ALFAThe winter holidays at The School of Friendship were filled with educational and entertaining content. The attendants of The School of Friendship enjoyed in various field trips that we organized for them. In the beginning of the holidays, the kids visited TV Alfa. On this occasion, the children saw how a TV program is made, how a television show is filmed and they were also introduced with TV reporters and journalists. The attendants of The School of Friendship tried their role as News presenters. Many expressed an ambition to pursue this occupation in the future. 


Our following field trip included a visit to the Thermal Riviera IlidĹľa. The 24 children enjoyed 3 hours of ice-skating. Although there were falls, our little heroes managed excellently and successfully overcame this athletic skill.


The middle of the month was reserved for a visit to the National Museum of BiH. To most attendants of The School of Friendship it was the first visit to this cultural institution. Our attendants did not hide their excitement with this visit and were curious to observe the museum displays. 


 


Another educational and entertaining visit occured on January 21, 2016, when the Sarajevo International Airport was visited. The attendants of The School of Friendship spent this day in a quality manner as well. Namely, by visiting the Sarajevo International Airport, they were introduced with the functioning of the air traffic, equipment and occupations related to the air traffic. 


 


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The next field trip occured on January 26, 2016. By visiting the Gazi Husrev-bey Library, the attendants of The School of Friendship were introduced with the history of the library, the inside museum, book restauration and the manner in which this cultural and historical institution functions. The visit managed to point to the importance of books and envoke a greater desire for reading in our kids. 


These winter holidays were also concluded with a party for children that included face-painting, balloon modelling, various games and undeniable children's laughter. After one full month of quality time, we can safely say that we are ready for school. 


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Fifteen young people from 5 European countries (BiH, Serbia, Montenegro, Belgium and Germany) visited the Educational-Leisure Centre for Youth today, together with a representative of the SHL organisation. These youth are participants of the Erasmus+ "Who Does the Youth Work" initiative. Since the Institute for Youth Development KULT has spent nearly fifteen years working with youth and for youth, using, among other methods, trainings for future youth workers, the visit to the Institute was organised in order to discuss the youth position in our country, but also in other countries of the region and Europe. Youth visited the Educational-Leisure Centre for Youth SPAJALICA, and were introduced with the numerous activities and the offer of the Centre for their peers. The Expert Associates on Youth Work traning was also presented to them and they were introduced to the fact that in the end of 2015 the first Federal Youth Council was formed. 


Exchanging ideas and experiences is one of the basic goals of this Erasmus+ programme initiative.


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The 6th training module within the "Expert training and networking for prevention of addiction in working with youth in BiH 2014-2016" project that gathered 15 representatives of civil society organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina is completed. The training was attended by a representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT. 


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The module entitled "Joint responsibility project management" was facilitated by the trainer Eni Kurtovi? that introduced the participants with the basic principles and phases of developing project proposals and guided them through the process of developing 3 joint project proposals.


The developed project proposals aim to initiate activities in establishing communication mechanisms and coordination of the governmental and the non-governmental sector in the field of preventing addiction and promoting healthy lifestyles among youth in BiH. The potential projects relate to organising the final conference within the JUPPO training, organising a youth camp and developing a web-platform for exchange of experiences and good practices among all the key actors that focus on preventing youth addiction n BiH. 


The participants are very pleased with the training. They claim to have learned a lot and that they will be able to implement the acquired knowledge and skills in their further work. "In this module we learned a lot about writing projects and hopefully in the following period we will additionally work on the project proposals we developed in order to prepare them as applications for potential donors that we also identified in this module. I believe that at least one of those project proposals will eventually acquire the support of donors and be implemented", stated Adnan Alikadi?, the representative of the SOS Kinderdorfs in BiH organisation.  


As a part of the regular activities, the module participants were visited by Mr. Ognjen Zeki?, the Head of Department for Drug Suppression of the Ministry of Security of BiH, and the member of the Board of Directors of the JUPPO Project.


The final module within this project, entitled "Pedagogy of dance and movement" will be held in February 2016. 


 

The Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA organized the New Year's Program for children and youth this year as well, along with the mandatory visit of the Santa Claus and the distribution of presents.


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The crowded hall at the Multimedia Center in IlidĹľa echoed with music, dance, singing and children's laughter. The New Year's Program was opened by young actors of The Black Cat acting group headed by Benjamin Konjicija that performed the play "The Wizard of Oz". Afterwards, young actors, dancers and singers took turns on stage. The girls from the Little Ballet School held their debut performance on New Year's Eve, and for the youngest, the volunteers of the Institute for Youth Development KULT performed a play entitled "A Story about Santa Clause". The kids from The School of Friendship also shined on stage, as they sang a song for the attendants. 


Over 120 presents were distributed and the children went home with smiles on their faces. 


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There are at least 266 people living with HIV infection in BiH, of which there is little known even today. On the 1 December, Word AIDS Day, a coalition of non-governmental organisations from the area of the Municipality of IlidĹľa, consisting of the Institute for Youth Development KULT, Partnership for Health Association, Network of Youth Peer Educators Y-PEER, Youth Council of the Municipality of IlidĹľa and the Department of Public Health of the Sarajevo Canton will organise numerous activities in order to educate the BiH public, and especially youth, on this disease.  


The first case of HIV infection in Bosnia and Herzegovina was registered in 1986. Today, there are at least 266 persons living with this infection in our country, and 126 of them have developed AIDS – a contagious and still incurable disease.  


This disease is not very often discussed in BiH and the persons living with HIV/AIDS encounter different types of stigma and discrimination that manifest from mocking glances to direct hostility towards them, ignoring them or even being rejected from those closest to them. That is why the education on the infection is very important, according to representatives from the Department of Public Health of Sarajevo Canton. “The aim of this year’s commemoration of the World AIDS Day is to reach the greatest possible number of citizens by introducing them with informational and educational material, focusing their attention to the significance of prevention, promoting the Centre for Voluntary and Confidential Consulting and Testing, and all for the purpose of preventing the spreading of HIV and an early detection of the HIV status” – stated Haris Karabegovi?, the Project Coordinator of the Partnership for Health Association.


All over the world, 1 December is commemorated as the World AIDS Day and its commemoration began in 1988, on the initiative of the World Health Organisation. The aim of the World AIDS Day is to raise awareness on the necessity of a continuous delivery of treatment medications to HIV positive persons, the importance of testing and fighting against the stigma and discrimination of people that suffer from this disease or are infected with the virus. 


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