17 young people, aged 16 to 19, from Brčko District, Bosnia and Herzegovina, had the opportunity to attend a three-day training session on "Life Skills and Financial Literacy".
The young people who attended the training pointed out that until then they did not have the opportunity to participate in informal education activities.
Through experiential and interactive work, young people had the opportunity to work on improving existing and developing new life skills needed for future life. Some of the participants had the opportunity to find their own motivation for activism in the community. The work during the three-day training made a great contribution to improving the self-confidence of the participants, then to weakening the fear of public speaking, developing teamwork skills and accepting diversity, as well as raising awareness of their own strengths and skills.
During the first day of the training, the participants were not ready to cooperate, they were closed and there was an impression of a certain level of insecurity. However, after the first day of the training, which contributed primarily to better mutual acquaintance and connection among the participants, the level of openness to learning, sharing opinions and communication increased.
Some of the statements from the participants, through the evaluation, after the training, were that they raised their self-confidence level, as well as that they will try to find ways to become more active citizens in their community.
Circumstances and preventive measures due to the Covid 19 epidemic contributed to young people withdrawing into themselves. As in the city of Živinica, the group of young people who attended the training in Brčko District pointed out that communication, trust and conversation without judgment, stereotypes and prejudices is something that young people in their community lack. This is one of the initiatives that they want to initiate and work with their peers through the department community classes in the regular teaching process.
Funds for the implementation of activities, which aim to contribute to the improvement of life skills of young people, are provided through the implementation of the project Action for Roma Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Employment and Empowerment - ACT4ROM.
The project is implemented by the Medunarodno udruzenje "Interaktivne otvorene skole" (MIOS) Tuzla in cooperation with partner organizations of the project: Partnere per Femijet - Albania, Pomoc deci - Serbia, Skola dokorán- WOS n.o. - Slovakia.
The project is implemented under the Erasmus + program and is funded by the Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture, which operates under the authority delegated by the European Commission.