Between April 3 and 11, Ajla Dedić and Iman Karajić, a second-year and a third-year student at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, participated in an EU-funded learning mobility projected entitled Videmocracy in Durres, Albania on behalf of the NGO Young Volunteers from Visoko.
Learning mobility projects, such as this one, aim to engage youth workers to support their professional development by enabling them to acquire new skills and professional experiences. The European Union funds these projects in order to enhance the quality of its, as well as others’ future generations, through the Erasmus+ program.
The Erasmus+ program, among other activities, funds projects that are intended to improve key competencies and skills and boost young people’s employability, as well as promote their active participate in their societies through fostering improvements in youth work and youth policy at local, national, and international levels.
The Videmocracy project is a training project that gathered 34 youth workers from the six Western Balkans countries in order to enable participants to boost our skills and “learn more about what it means to be an active young participant of society,” Dedić said about the project.
The participants “increased their knowledge and understanding of local democracy, with a clearer picture of the connection between EU citizenship, human rights education, and intercultural learning” through lectures, discussions, workshops, and other activities intended to acquaint participants with the complex nature of the topics studied.
Videmocracy aims to increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of local democracy and provide technical knowledge on the tools young people can use to demand more accountability and transparency from their respective local self-governments, as well as provide concrete examples of the connection between European citizenship, human rights, and intercultural learning.
“The training activity was a terrific opportunity to learn more about contributing to the development of our country through advancing our local self-governments, to acquire awesome new competencies and knowledge about, and apply and learn more about how to apply knowledge already acquired during our studies,” Karajić said.
The training project Videmocracy “provided us with an opportunity to apply what we learned in several courses throughout our studies, learn more that will be of great value during my future studies, network with new people, and simultaneously have fun,” Dedić described her experiences in Durres.
Dedić and Karajić are some of the best student at the Department, managing to excel academically while partaking in such informal education. In addition, the Department is more than happy to accommodate and support such ambitious students like Dedić and Karajić. We are very proud of our Ajla Dedić and Iman Karajić.