Our hard-working, ambitious, and motivated participants of the Learn, Think and Act! training for young leaders, generation 16, continued with their online modules. The fourth training module (second online module) focused on public advocacy and lobbying. During three days of online training, the participants learned about the steps in public advocacy, methods, and techniques and how they can create their own advocacy initiatives.
Online modules present challenges both to the trainers and the participants. Edna Mulić from Brčko District shared her opinion about the online modules.
“I’m someone who thrives on human contact, working with people and networking, so online modules were hard to adjust to. Mostly because there were times when it’s impossible to maintain focus and concentration. I really liked that the modules retained the same structure and kept the same agenda. In the offline world we’d always walk into a room to find the agenda on our chairs, with information about breaks, lunch, and our assignments. I have only good things to say about the trainers and their patience, work, and understanding throughout the two online modules. Of course, no matter how hard they try it’s impossible for us to maintain focus at all times, because we’re looking at our phones or laptops for hours.
Although online modules and lectures are great, nothing can replace the magic of human contact when it comes to teamwork and learning. The most important lesson we learned is that technology cannot replace our fundamental need for human contact and spending time together.”
UMiD 16 is implemented with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in BiH.