Human rights have to be placed in the centre of youth work. And it was precisely human rights protection and communication, that were the topic of the second module of Associate Experts on Youth Work Training. 26 training attendants from all over BiH discussed changing the notion and definition of human rights through history in the first part of the second module. They foused on youth issues, when and how youth breach human rights and situations in which their own rights are being breached. The attendants discussed their own stereotypes and prejudice as well as those they encounter when working with youth.
The second part of the training was dedicated to communication. Teamwork, basics of communicating within the team, communication channels and how good communication creates a good image of an organisation are only some of the topics the attendants discussed and learned about. Particular focus was placed on communicating with the media and using the media in youth work, especially the new media and social networks. Creativity, manners of presenting information and oral and written communication with the public were some of the topics that the future Associate Experts focused on. The Trainer paid close attention to online youth activism as well and developing info-charts as a manner of presenting activities.
In the framework of the second module, a Coffee Time with… session was held at the Educational-Leisure Centre for Youth SPAJALICA with Mladen Obrenovi?, a journalist from Al Jazeera portal, who discussed communicating with the media with the attendants, as well as how to introduce youth work to the media and “be interesting”. Mladen Obrenovi? held a presentation on cooperating with the local media, but also talked about the manners of establishing cooperation with public services and big media corporations.
The next module of the training is scheduled for mid-October 2015. It will focus on the topic of social competences in youth work and organisational skills in youth work.