UMiD16 Modul V 1

The 16th generation of the Learn, Think and Act! training for young leaders spent the last weekend (June 11-13) at the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA learning about youth policies. This was the first module held in Spajalica after the COVID-19 pandemic made in-person gatherings impossible for a while.

While our young participants were attending modules online, the Institute’s team gave Spajalica a new coat of paint, so it was ready to welcome youth from across BiH this weekend. Spajalica was once again the site of fruitful and interesting discussions, analyses of youth policies in different communities and reflections on potential for improving the position of young people.

During the regular Coffee Time With… session, participants got a chance to talk to Nedim Alibegović from the Youth Council of FBiH.

Razija Zukanović, a participant from Sarajevo, shared her impression.

“After two online modules, our UMiD 16 group is together again in Spajalica. UMiD means meeting new people and making new friends, and this module let us spend quality time together and learn a lot thanks to the work and dedication of our trainer. Learning by working in groups is the best way to learn. Online modules meant that participants spent a lot of time at their computers, but the module in Spajalica brought back our breaks together, in-person socialization, improved concentration, and we’re all happy to see each other again and proud of everything we’ve accomplished so far”, said Razija.

UMiD 16 is implemented within the project Dialogue for a Joint Future, supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in BiH.


Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA hosted the 5th and 6th module of the UMiD Kids training. After all the online learning and socializing on video, we were all excited about spending time together again. The 27 participants of these two modules were divided into two groups so we can comply with physical distancing rules, but we all learned about the same topics - Love, Respect and Empathy.

The kids learned about the basic definitions of these terms, and gave their own interpretations. One of the most important tasks of the training was teaching the children to recognize love, respect and empathy in their own and other people’s behavior.

In addition to learning and socializing, we found time to make delicious pancakes. The kids were responsible for preparing the ingredients, serving pancakes and cleaning up, and our trainers supported them throughout.

The children and their parents were thrilled with the training, and said that they are grateful and impatient to meet again at the end of June. Sajma Čenanović, participant Afan’s mom, had this to say about the training: “Wonderful, the kids loved it! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone again.”

UMiD Kids is an interactive educational program for children, consisting of 12 modules dealing with topics relevant to a child’s intellectual, emotional and sociological development. The goal of this program is to improve children’s confidence, deepen their connection with parents, their school and friends, to help them see themselves and others in context and more clearly, to develop a sensibility to others and themselves.  

UMiD Kids is implemented by the Institute for Youth Development KULT with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in BiH.


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Orange Day, a day dedicated to eliminating violence against women and girls, is celebrated worldwide on the 25th day of every month. It’s important to note that physical violence is not the only type of violence inflicted on women, and far from the only way of making women feel neglected, betrayed, denied human rights. According to data from the Agency for Gender Equality, 52.8% of women suffered some form of violence. Although there are some statistical data, it isn’t enough to be precise.

Due to the current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, victims of violence are forced to spend more time with their abusers, which led to a 22% increase in reports of domestic violence. In an effort to support victims and show them that they’re not alone, the Institute for Youth Development KULT in cooperation with Painted Slate held an online contest titled “Sketch battle STOP VIOLENCE” to celebrate International Orange Day in May 2020. Participants were invited to use their sketching skills to represent the message STOP VIOLENCE and support victims of violence.

Members of the jury evaluated all the artwork, and chose the winner. Jury members were our famous rapper Adnan Hamidović Frenkie, graffiti artists HUKE and Hana Hodžić, and Samir Mahmić from the Institute for Youth Development KULT. The jury rated the artwork on creativity and inventiveness, and took into account the number of likes each sketch got on the Painted Slate Instagram profile. After the jury selected their favorites, and all the likes were counted, Faris Šehić from Bugojno was declared the winner. The best sketch will be painted at a suitable location, with the help of Painted Slate, during a graffiti workshop planned by the Institute for one of the upcoming Orange Days. Painted Slate has also prepared a prize for the winner.

We believe that the entire society needs to get involved and support victims of violence, and we will continue celebrating Orange Day with various activities. Violence can be reported anonymously by calling 1264 (RS) and 1265 (FBiH).

Modul IV 2

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.

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