Interactive and interdisciplinary study visit on European Integration
as a tool for the Regional Reconciliation
2012 – 2015, Belgrade, Serbia
Come to Belgrade meet the Region
Youth Reconciliation Ambassadors is very intensive programme which includes a five-day study visit, peer to peer education, media appearances and essay publishing. During the first year, the programme was opened to twenty young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo* and Serbia. Since 2013 candidates from Macedonia are also eligible to applyfor this programme.Participants are high level university students majoring in social sciences and humanities and young professionals from the above mentioned countries.
Selected participants are granted a scholarship to cover the expenses of the programme, travel costs, accommodation, food and public transportation.
The idea of this programme is to encourage multi-perspective discussions on topics relevant to the future of the entire area of former Yugoslavia. We think that the exchange of experiences between young people from neighbouring countries, which are all at different stages of transition, could help form new ideas and overcome conflicts from the past. Our belief is that only in this way peaceful development of the region will be possible.
The curriculum consists of three core topics, which will be elaborated in very intensive 8 hour working day: EU Integration, History Education and process of Reconciliation in the Region. Selected participants attend lectures and visit different types of institutions (government, embassies, universities, political parties and NGOs).Program lecturersand moderators are well educated experts drawn from diplomacy, governmental institutions, universities and non-governmental organisations.
After the study visit, participants organise follow up activities (Media appearances, Discussion groups, Essays) in their local communities, discussing EU integrations and regional reconciliation.All successful participants are issued a certificate and honour to become the Youth Reconciliation Ambassadors in the Region.
Veton Breznica, Kosovo
„I thought the programme was ace. You have a powerful mission with the YRA programme and I encourage you to continue because you change people’s thinking towards regional cooperation and reconciliation, and with that you change their lives for the better.
Hence, I am happy I was invited to take part in YRA, I had a fabulous time and I definitely highly recommend YRA whenever I speak about Youth Education Committee.“
Andrej Petrovski, Macedonia
„Being part of the YRA programme was utterly compelling experience. Not only because of meeting actual institutions and their representatives, but mostly for having the chance to make acquaintances with young people from the region who assembled in Belgrade in order to promote their values and views on the issues we share, regarding the process of reconciliation and the social phenomenon of dealing with the past. From that point, I can say that the YRA programme is a good mechanism that congregates young people who come from communities that, at the time these people were growing up, fought against each other in some of the bloodiest conflicts in modern history. It is my belief that this programme should carry on ameliorating, with every new generation surpassing the previous.“
Bojana Miletić, Serbia
„In my opinion it was very important that we had a chance to have this mutual experience and to hear about certain historical facts about our recent past from different perspectives. Studying multi-perspective approach to wars and perception of ’heroes’ creates sensitivity and empathy that helped us understand ideologicaly-nationalistic quakes and conflicting interests.“
Izudin Karić, Bosnia and Herzegovina
„I find this programme to be very interactive and productive… We participated in discussions that were useful for us and that contributed to development of certain skills important for the Regional reconciliation. The fact that participants of this programme became open for discussion and objectivity when talking about certain events from the past, as well as the fact that young people are ready and willing to work on peacebuilding, I see as a great success of this programme.“