During the months of November and December 2021, two three-day training sessions on "Life skills and financial literacy" were held in the city of Živinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
One training was conducted in the rural area of the town of Živinica, called Živinice Gornje. A total of 24 participants, young people who are in the final year of the local elementary school, took part during three days of work. Due to the distance and the lack of non-commercial activities for young people in the area of Živinica Gornje, the young people who attended the training are often not able to participate in non-formal education activities. The statuses of the families from which the young people come in the area are mostly of lower socio-economic status and minority families.
During the training, they pointed out that their favorite part was when they talked and discovered their own potential, when they envisioned their dream job and what was important to them at work. They pointed out that they learned the difference between needs and wants. Rights and responsibilities were also one of the aspects that stood out among the topics covered, as participants noted that they enjoyed discussing the responsibilities that each right carries with it. From the aspect of the initiator of changes in the community, the topic that they determined after research in the community is a campaign on the protection of animals, specifically stray dogs, considering that some locals can be very rude to them.
The second training session was conducted with young people from the city center, a total of 24 young people, who are in the final grades of the Mixed High School, specializing in trades.
One of the topics during the training was communication skills, which the participants pointed out as the most important, especially from the aspect of the circumstances of the global epidemic Covid 19. In the introductory part of the training, which was more dedicated to life skills, i.e. communication among others, they pointed out that they did not have with whom to talk, and that they really need it. Also, the aspect concerning prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination contributed to the group's improvement of communication skills. It is precisely this need that they identified in themselves, but also in their peers, that is the topic that they decided to initiate at the school level through peer education and a campaign.
After the training, the participants of both trainings were awarded Certificates of attendance during the three days of training.
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.