Melisa H. Mehmedović, as a project assistant, and Tajra Hadžić, Ajla Keško, Hata Kujraković, and Nejra Lilić, as participants in the module, all five model students of the Department of International Relations and European Studies, partook in Humanity in Action’s Encouraging Democratic Values and Active Citizenship Among Youth program (PDVIAGMM) from March 28 to 31.
The Encouraging Democratic Values and Active Citizenship Among Youth program 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,” according to the HiA website.
It is organized by the Humanity in Action foundation, with offices in seven countries, and is target at university BA students from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Two of our students, Melisa H. Mehmedović and Tarik Velić, participated in the program last year and accomplished terrific results with their projects.
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.
In the current phase, the three-day training in financial and project management, Hadžić, Keško, Kujraković, and Lilić participated in their respective project groups while H. Mehmedović partook as a project assistant providing technical support to the project since she graduated from last year’s program as one of the best participants.
The first project, Hadžić’s, Keško’s, and Kujraković’s, deals with the social inclusion of persons with hearing loss and is entitled #BiHinAction (bos. #BiHuPokretu). In the next two months, the three students will visit four cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Banja Luka, Jajce, Mostar, and Sarajevo – to research and film major sites in each.
They will then create a short video about those, with the narration being in sign language instead of verbal language and with subtitles. “We got the idea from a workshop the Department organized in April of last year, about sign language and where we learned a bit about sign language,” Keško explained.
Lilić and her group, on the other hand, are creating a civic project aimed at the social inclusion of migrants in Bihać by creating and implementing a doll show for migrant children currently residing in Bihać in order to liven their atmosphere and increase their spirits.
The five students, H. Mehmedović, Hadžić, Keško, Kujraković, and Lilić, are some of the best students at the Department of International Relations and European Studies and at International Burch University, having achieved wonderful academic success while participating in many inspiring extracurricular activities, such as this one.
In addition, the Department is more than happy to accommodate and support such ambitious students like these. We are very proud of our Melisa H. Mehmedović, Tajra Hadžić, Ajla Keško, Hata Kujraković, and Nejra Lilić and wish them the best of luck in the remainder of this project, as well as others.