Melisa H. Mehmedović, a student at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, attended and on Saturday, September 22, 2018 successfully graduated from the sixth generation of Humanity in Action’s ten-month long prestigious program Encouraging Democratic Values and Active Citizenship Among Youth “with the goal of training young activists”.
The Encouraging Democratic Values and Active Citizenship Among Youth program (PDVIAGMM) is a “nine month long program with the goal of training young activists, introducing them to democracy and human rights issues, encouraging them to employ critical thinking on sensitive topics, and building their communications, presentation, and research skills.”
The program is divided into five modules: an eight day seminar of lectures, workshops, and debates; a two month long individual research project; a three day training in financial and project management; implementation of a joint project; and a promotional campaign of the project, as well as a graduation ceremony.
It is organized by the Humanity in Action foundation, with offices in seven countries, and is target at first- and second-year university students from Bosnia and Herzegovina. H. Mehmedović, with her colleague Din Šačić from the University of Sarajevo, authored and implemented a project and a documentary entitled “Return to Roots”.
The two were paired up based on common interests from the second part of the program. In the documentary, H. Mehmedović and Šačić presented the stories of “four young, educated, and successful people, which were educated abroad and decided to return to Bosnia and Herzegovina to invest their knowledge and skills here.”
The subjects of the documentary were Armin Alijagić, Dženeta Karabegović, Adis Maksić, and Anida Sokol. All lived and/or studied abroad for various periods of their lives before returning to Bosnia and Herzegovina to continue their lives and careers in their homeland, “serving as beacons of hope for others,” according to H. Mehmedović.
The purpose of the documentary, besides presenting the stories of four successful people, is to encourage young people to stay in or return to Bosnia and Herzegovina and to inspire them to strive to achieve the most they can, including by studying abroad and returning to Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve society.
“The knowledge and skills I acquired as part of curricular and extracurricular activities at the Department of International Relations and European Studies enabled me to be one of the most active participants in the modules and provided me with a lot of foreknowledge about the main topics – democracy and human rights,” H. Mehmedović explained.
The project was quite successful and well-received, which is attested by the fact that many news outlets reported on the release of the pair’s documentary, including: the Network for Building Peace, online portals 24h.ba, bijeljina.org, bljesak.info, hocu.ba, radiosarajevo.ba, and source.ba, and the morning show UzBuđenje on FaceTV.
H. Mehmedović recommends the program, as well as the foundation’s other programs for other target groups, to all those interested. She is sure all interested will benefit from the program as much as she did. Registration for the PDVIAGMM program is open until Friday, November 9 and all are encouraged to apply for the program.