The Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton and the Institute have been successfully cooperating for years on implementing the Law on Youth of FBiH and promoting positive values for young people in Sarajevo Canton. By supporting the development of the first youth strategy of Sarajevo Canton, and holding a session dedicated to youth, the Ministry has shown genuine dedication to improving the position of youth as much as they can within their purview.

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The Institute for Youth Development KULT presented a survey on the problems and needs of young people in the Brčko District of BiH at an event hosted by the Commission for Youth of Brčko District of BiH in cooperation with the Administrative Department and the Youth Council of BD, with the support of the OSCE Mission.

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For years, the Institute for Youth Development KULT has been celebrating Orange Day, 25th day of each month, to draw attention to the problem of violence against women and girls. The Institute uses different avenues to spread awareness about this problem, teach youth about preventing violence, and advocating for the best ways to address and eliminate violence against women and girls.

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The Institute for Youth Development KULT welcomed the third generation of the UMiDp training for young politicians. The participants - 23 young politicians from 11 political parties from across Bosnia and Herzegovina, will take part in the training intended to prepare them to prioritize youth issues in BiH politics.

Adnan Avdić from Naša stranka said he has big expectations, and believes the training will live up to them, judging by the professional approach and dedication of the organizers and trainers.

Young Tonina Ibrulj from Ljubuško, a member of the Croatian Democratic Community (HDZ), shares this stance. “Education is key for youth who want to develop skills, in both formal and informal contexts, which is one of the reasons I decided to take part in this training”, said Tonina, adding that young people are the future, both in politics and other areas.

UMiDpis the Institute’s program for young political leaders from different political parties. Through 3 five-day modules, the participants learn how to navigate the political system in BiH, building their political image, and working on advocacy and negotiating skills they will use to address the problems and needs of young people.

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Ekrem Sarajlić from Vitez was recently voted chairman of the municipal organization SDP in Vitez. He says he’s prepared to take on the responsibility of this position and believes this training will help. “Although I’m very young, the entire municipal organization SDP in Vitez put their faith in me, and I’m positive that I can live up to their expectation. I intend to run in the October elections, and the analyses we conducted indicated that our results will be better than the ones 4 years ago”, said this ambitious and confident young man.

Miloš Kovačević from Laktaši is a member of Demokratski savez DEMOS. DEMOS is one of the youngest political parties on the BiH political landscape, but Kovačević notes that the party benefits from the mix of experienced members and new, young energy. Although he does not intend to run for office in the upcoming local elections, he is willing to put his knowledge to practical use to help achieve good election results. “Here we live in a state of perpetual election campaigning, since we have elections every two years. On top of that, it seems like the election campaign has already begun, even though it officially begins in September”, said Miloš, commenting on the current political situation in BiH.

This training is designed to put youth in the spotlight and train them to actively participate in their political parties, during and after elections so that they can competently advocate for young people. The first module takes place between February 19 and February 23, and is currently underway in Sarajevo. The next module will be held in Mostar in April, and the last, third module, will be held in Banja Luka in May 2020.

The training is implemented with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in BiH.

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Youth policy is a comprehensive collection of institutional mechanisms for governmental care for youth. During the third module, the 15th generation of the Institute’s Learn, Think and Act! training for youth leaders talked about current mechanisms and their implementation in different communities.

Through interactive work, non-formal education methods and experiential learning, the participants learned about mechanisms set out in the Youth Law of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Youth Law of Brčko District, and Law on Youth Organizing of Republika Srpska.

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