Center for Regionalism
We must break the culture of ignorance and cross the generational, ethnic, linguistic, historical and cultural boundaries that exist among the signatory countries of Dayton Agreement that prevent mutual understanding,cooperation and coexistence between these neighboring countries in Europe.
Belgrade(Serbia), Vienna (Austria), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Zagreb (Croatia)
Nationalism is getting stronger in Europe. The core problem in our societies is ignorance, especially towards our neighbors or coworkers who are from different ethnic or religious groups. If we want to prevent conflicts, we need to deal with with this in the right way. Our organization is a member of the Youth Forum of Igman Initiative, youth network which includes more than 150 NGOs from the signatory countries of Dayton Peace Agreement and advocates tolerance, peace and trust building among these countries, as well as local and regional cooperation in the fields of culture, science and education. This will enable us to implement our ideas more easily in these countries.
Our formal education systems do not promote interculturalism and we do not have the opportunity to really learn about each other. Study visits, peer meetings, workshops, lectures and discussions will help our participants learn about these issues, but also about themselves and multicultural societies. They will have to write an article, essay, make a short movie or do some kind of media presentation in their hometowns about things they have learned in order to spread the information. We intend to present the results of the brainstorming done during the project to ministries of education, NGOs and media. We hope that a year from now at least some of them will implement our proposals into their work.
The project is meant to start symbolically in December 2015, as it was the month of the official signing of the Dayton agreement in 1995. It will last until October 2016. We intend to select 5 participants from BiH, 5 from Croatia, 7 from Serbia, and the total of 10 people from Austria (4 natives and 6 people from immigrant families). Austria is included in the project due to the fact that it shares some of the historical issues with these countries; it is the destination of choice of many emigrants from the former Yugoslavia. Each study visit will last for 5 days. They will consist of visits to historical sights and museums, religious and educational institutions, ministries, as well as team-building workshops, discussions, and talks with the representatives of the local communities.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe