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HAS Robotics is a company specializing in robotic arms, but is now pivoting to producing face shields for medical staff during this pandemic. The founder of this company is Haris Salkić, a young man from Brčko. His business idea was supported by the Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in BiH.

Haris decided to repurpose the material for robotic arms and make face shields for his fellow citizens. The shields will be used primarily by medical staff taking samples from patients who require coronavirus testing.

“We decided to do this and help our local community is because we realized that we can use our company’s 3D printer for this purpose. My mother is an ER nurse, and I wanted to help her and her coworkers because they are the ones most exposed to infection”, said Haris when asked why he decided to make the face shields.

He noted, however, that they are already running low on the material they’re using to make the shields. “We’re running out of material, but we’re expecting another shipment to arrive the day after tomorrow, that we paid with our own funds. If anyone would like to help pay for material they can contact our supplies, 3D Republika. We also need more 3D printers, so if anyone is interested in buying one for us to use, or borrow us theirs, they’re welcome to reach out to use. He added that they’re also very grateful to 3D Republika and Dizart CNC, because both companies donated a portion of the material they use to make the face shields. These face shields can be used by medical staff to cover their entire face and are made of PLA plastic and PET-G sheets.

HAS Robotics is planning to deliver the face shields to medical institutions and Crisis Center in the Brčko District of BiH. “Yesterday we met with representatives of medical institutions in Brčko District, who said they need this type of protective equipment for their staff. We’re expecting to have enough equipment for medical staff on the front lines by the end of the week. It’s our obligation to do everything we can to prevent the spread of this virus”, says Haris.

If you are able to contribute to this process, you can contact Haris by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 060 305 10 37. In any case, stay home and help stop the spread of coronavirus.

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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.

According to the survey, youth in Brčko have very similar, nearly identical problems as youth in other communities.
Around 62% of men and 50% of women would start their own business. Around 8% of youth are currently working on launching their own business, and 5% already launched their own business. Still, the majority would like to start a business but are unable to.
Youth have the least faith in political parties. More than 91% of young people distrust political parties, to varying extents. Youth also don’t trust the government at entity or state levels. According to young people, the priorities of the BiH government for the next 5 years should be employment, education, healthcare and security. Issues specific to ethnic and national groups, international cooperation and transportation infrastructure are the least important for youth. What’s important for them are unemployment, the labor market, economy and issues related to finances. Youth are also concerned about the emigration rate, corruption, crime, nationalism and the state of healthcare and education.
When it comes to leaving BiH, youth are generally motivated by the situation in BiH, rather than benefits abroad, i.e. they would leave because they are not satisfied with their lives and prospects in BiH, and not primarily because a foreign country is attractive to them. Around 63% of young people are considering leaving the country permanently.

Today’s public presentation is only one of the steps in developing a Draft Youth Strategy for Brčko District. Youth Council of Brčko District, the relevant Administrative Department and the Institute for Youth Development KULT are planning to hold working group meetings, set priorities and design measures for the 2021-2025 youth strategy.

Article 17 of the Youth Law of Brčko District stipulates that care for youth is of general interest in the Brčko District.
Youth care comprises:

a) regulating and creating the necessary conditions for youth organizing;

b) adopting and implementing a youth strategy.

According to the law, a youth strategy is a document detailing a program approach to youth including defining their problems and needs, providing a strategic plan of action, goals and measures for reaching those goals. A youth strategy is based on a survey about young people’s needs and problems.

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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.

“The third module was the best so far. The topic was very comprehensive and complex, and this module gave me the encouragement I needed to continue with my work. I realized that as a young person I have many rights that are unfortunately not respected, but I was also taught how to work on it in the future and improve the position of youth in my local community. Some things will take a while to fall into place, but I’ll try to start now so I can implement some things before the fourth module”, said Sara Međić, a participant from Maglaj.

To show our young participants and future leaders the role of youth officers as an important mechanism of youth policy, we organized “Coffee Time With… Amra Bojičić, Youth Officer from the Ilidža Municipality and Lejla Abazović, Youth Officer of the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton. They were happy to share their experience, knowledge and motivation with these young people, who were very interested to learn more and had a lot of questions.

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“Seeing first-hand who youth officers are and how they work was very interesting and useful to me. They have us some motivating suggestions and advice about how we, as future leaders, can help our peers. I wish I had more opportunities to talk to people who are taking steps to actually change something”, said Nermin Topovčić from Banja Luka.

The third module was held from February 6th to 8th, 2020, at the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA in Ilidža.

More than 300 young people completed the UMiD training, and this generation is the 15th. The generation consists of 25 young people from 21 local communities from across Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The training UMiD Learn, Think and Act! is an officially recognized form of non-formal education that provides youth with various competencies that will make them competitive on the labor market and the program comprises seminars, practical exercises and voluntary work.

All participants grow into active citizens who take the necessary steps to change the society they live in, assert their opinions and actively participate in decision-making in their communities.

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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.

Available data shows that one in two women over the age of 15 in BiH has been a victim of violence, clearly indicating that this is a serious problem and violation of human rights. This is why participants of the Institute’s UMiD 15 training decided to celebrate Orange Day in 13 local communities, and encourage the general public to take a more active role in addressing and eliminating this problem.

Young people in Ilijaš put up a sign that reads “End Violence” on the main walkway in Ilijaš, inviting their fellow citizens to learn more about this problem and join their efforts to eliminate violence. “As one of the organizers of today’s activity in Ilijaš, I’m satisfied with the work of our volunteers and the level of citizen engagement. Violence in any form is unacceptable, and we need to keep talking about this. Victims of violence are often afraid and reluctant to talk about this problem.  With this action today, we showed them that we’re on their side. Leaving a palm print is a small sign, a way to show them they’re not alone. It’s also a signature, a promise that the person who left their palm print will not commit violence and will report any instances of violence they notice”, said Đenana Šehić, a participant from Ilijaš.

A bit further to the east, in Foča, Marija Mališ, a student of the High School Center and UMiD 15 participant, held a lecture for 40 of her peers, focusing on the topic of violence against women and girls.

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This topic was not a part of my high school education. So many people just turn a blind eye to violence against women and girls. I was happy I had a chance to raise awareness among my peers, and hear their opinions on this”, said Marija.

In addition to Ilijaš and Foča, Orange Day is celebrated in Brčko, Srebrenik, Kiseljak, Tuzla, Banja Luka, Novi Travnik, Bihać, Žepče, Zenica, Maglaj and Ilidža.

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Ismar Lačević is the young entrepreneur behind Adam - a digital alternative to the conventional printed business card. Adam is more than a digital business card - it’s the digital counterpart of the conventional concept of exchanging business cards. It renders physical copies of business cards redundant by storing all business cards into an app.

In addition to being innovative, Ismar notes that the Adam card is environmentally friendly as it eliminates the need to use physical copies of business cards. Adam is not limited geographically - it’s available worldwide. One of the main goals going forward is programming the app to network bundle several cards, such as parking cards, loyalty cards, key cards, into one.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT in cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in BiH is supporting the development of Adam card, which is expected to launch within the next month.
“With the support we received from the Institute we managed to overcome the last few obstacles and accelerate the launch so that our customers, whether companies or individuals, have access to Adam as soon as possible”, said Ismar.

More information about the Adam card is available on their website:https://www.projectadam.io/

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