We continued with the AC programme this time within the southern region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the city of Mostar, still ethnically divided and diverse place. Our local partner on the programme is Mostar City Youth Council (Vijeće mladih Mostar). The programme in Mostar was launched in November 2011.
22 participants from both sides of the city went through three-module training programme strengthening the skills of leadership, facilitation, project planning and management and discovering core principles and skills of Active Citizenship. Graduation ceremony is planned for April 2012 during which the British Council Director in BiH will award certificates to successful motivators. Follow our Happening Now page for news and updates on the event.
Four motivators attended international study visits organized in Pakistan and Kenya in February 2012. There they learnt about the challenges and successes of the communities and how AC programme has largely achieved one of its main objectives of peaceful co-existence among communities who have in the past lived in tension. From this experience, we realized what a small world we live in, how a small step somewhere in the world affects the whole world and therefore we cannot go on without having interest of what is going on around us, report the BiH participants of ISV in Pakistan.
The Mostar motivators are in the process of planning, organizing and delivering cascading workshops during which they will engage more than 300 partners, volunteers and community leaders. The essential messages of the programme are planned to be outlined during the workshops as well as motivating communities to be involved in positive social action.
The programme resulted with 9 successful social action projects that were developed by Mostar motivators. The projects will be funded by the UN Volunteers and British Council. Find out more about their projects below:
Contribution to cleaning a riverbed of the Neretva river, Neretva riversides and riverbed of Radobolja river under the Old Bridge (area under protection of UNESCO).
The project purpose is youth engagement and volunteerism through sport, also the making of the outside terrain for youth in Mostar, their gathering on one place and building the competition spirit between the youth in different sports, the promotion of healthy life through sport and the engagement of the local community for the purpose of health promotion.
Aim of the project is to help a group of young women who are participating in training to develop or improve skills and self-defence techniques. Also, in this way we are trying to motivate the young people to engage in sport and promote healthy lifestyles.
Aim is to influence society through the written word, which is the most powerful means for raising awareness of social problems in our community and advocate for their solutions.
Debatijada Open wishes to promote British parliamentary debate and active citizenship, to give a chance for networking between students and active citizens of two divided Universities in Mostar and to help promote the city of Mostar. Also, this event will help in establishing debate network in Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to establish a group of people who will promote culture of dialogue.
Aim of this project is to raise eco awareness in the city of Mostar through various forms of art and entertainment and to reunite the youth of Mostar and permanently strengthen their cooperation and communication.
The main idea of the project is to give young people of Mostar an opportunity to engage in various activities taking place on the Spanish square, Sport fields, OKC Abrašević and other parts of Mostar. The place that used to divide people will now be used as a space to bring them together (Spanish square).
We will realize series of workshops to integrate the creative arts with the promotion and education of universal human rights. These workshops will be directed by Ringo with guidance from the US-based organization, Rebecca Davis Dance Company.
Aim of MOtus! festival is to give city of Mostar a traditional event supporting and promoting alternative art and culture, and founding of MOtus! movement, Mostar youth organization for development of alternative culture, and strengthening of youth activism in society.