Bosnia and Herzegovina

Summer Camps for Youth from the Flood Affected Areas

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Over 350 high-school students from ten BiH municipalities and towns that suffered the most during the May floods, in the period of 07-18 August 2014, will have an opportunity to take part in one of nine youth summer camps. The summer camps will be organized in four locations: Una, National park Kozara, Blagaj and Jahorina.

The camps will be organized by: Association ABC Bihac, DON Prijedor, Youth club Novi val Blagaj and Youth Information Agency. Engaging with the content of the summer camps should help young people to overcome the difficulties they are facing in their daily life. The high-school students will participate in various education activities, in different areas such as personal development, peaceful resolution of conflict, communication skills, intercultural dialogue, trust-building and respect for diversity. Furthermore, the participants will engage in a variety of sports and recreational activities. The programmes include a number of field-trips as well as socially oriented activities.

Youth from municipalities and towns: Olovo, Maglaj, Doboj, Domaljevac, Orasje, Samac, Brcko, Bijeljina, Prijedor and Sanski Most will have an opportunity to participate in the summer camps. The youth summer camps are being organized as part of a joint UN project „Dialogue for the future: Promoting coexistence and diversity in Bosnia and Herzegovina“. The project, started in July 2014, and is a joint initiative of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United Nations which underscores the urgent need to create additional space for civil dialogue and the further promotion of multi-ethnic, multi-cultural coexistence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The goal is to create a space for dialogue, accelerate the construction of peace processes throughout the country, to promote coexistence, respect for diversity through education and culture with an emphasis on youth.

The project is foreseen to last 18 months and will be implemented with a grant of USD 2 million provided by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund.