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Human Rights Academy in Bosnia and Herzegovina

24 August 2021
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Human Rights Academy in Bosnia and Herzegovina

 From 23 to 26 July youth leaders from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina have dealt with the question What are human rights?. The main goal of this Compass training course, implemented by the Youth Council of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in partnership with the Youth Council of Republika Srpska and the Association of High School Students in Bosnia and Herzegovina was to empower people active in working with young people to conduct educational activities in the field of human rights. Consequently, this training for beginners in the field of human rights enabled participants to improve the basic competencies (knowledge, skills, attitudes) needed to implement human rights education.

During the training, participants were introduced to the basic theoretical framework related to human rights, talked about their own experiences and attitudes related to human rights, reflected on the values, principles, and methods used within human rights education, and had the opportunity to design ways to gain knowledge. they can integrate into the organizations in which they work.

"During the four-day training, through lectures and practical workshops, we covered the topics of discrimination and equality, the basic concepts of human rights, freedom of speech and hate speech, gender equality, active citizenship, and participation. Upon completion of the training, each of the participants will receive manuals for the implementation of training and further mentoring support in the design and implementation of their own trainings. It is a pleasure to see young, motivated people who recognize human rights violations and have the desire to rebel against them and educate their peers about what they have learned. ” - pointed out Nedim Alibegović, Secretary General of the Youth Council of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On behalf of the Council of Europe, the head of their office in Sarajevo, Ms. Bojana Urumova, addressed the participants and reminded them of the programs and support provided by the Council of Europe through various programs and the importance of involving young people in them.

 The main outcomes of the training course “Human Rights Academy” are:

  • 22 young people went through the 4-day long training course and improved their knowledge in the field of Human RIghts
  • the participants created local action plans in regards to incorporating human rights education in their day to day life and work

"Human Rights Academy" Project was implemented by the Youth Council of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in partnership with the Youth Council of Republika Srpska and the Association of High School Students in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the support of the Council of Europe within the programme Youth for Democracy.