Second Meeting of Working Group for Developing Youth Strategy in Visoko

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According to 2018 estimates of the Federal Bureau for Statistics, there are 8,206 young people living in Visoko. Youth account for 21% of the total population of the City of Visoko. On Monday, October 21, 2019, the Working Group for developing the youth strategy for Visoko held their second meeting. 

Like most communities in BiH, Visoko is facing a constant increase in the number of young people leaving. Results of the survey on the problems and needs of young people in Visoko, conducted for the purpose of developing a youth strategy, showed that 31% of youth in Visoko are very interested in temporarily or permanently leaving to live abroad, for various reasons, and 29% are somewhat interested. Youth in Visoko mostly live in apartments/houses they do not own, most often with parents. Only 11% of young people are married, and 9.5% have children (most have only one child). 

The analysis of the gathered data revealed the problems youth consider important. Now, the main task is defining priority areas and planning concrete activities to address the problems. These are the following steps settled on during the second meeting of this Working group.  

According to the Youth Law of FBiH, a youth strategy is a government document outlining a program approach to youth work, defines the problems and needs of young people, strategic course of action, goals and measures for implementing the goals defined in the strategy.

The strategy is a local document, and the Working Group is responsible for writing the text of the strategy, with the Institue providing consultancy support in the process. The strategy is being developed with the support of World Vision BiH.

The meeting was attended by the coordinator of strategy development Amra Omerbegović, and chairpersons and members of working groups tasked with preparing and coordinating sub-tasks in the strategy development process. Working groups were formed to provide input on labor, youth employment and entrepreneurship, education, healthcare, security, activism, culture and sports, and social care for youth.

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