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Open Call for 5 participants for Youth Exchange "SLAM" in Sarajevo

  • Name of the project: YE “Structured Learning for Awareness in Media” (SLAM)”

  • Date of Project: 23.09.2021 – 30.09.2021.

  • Hosting organization: “BRAVO”

  • Sending organizations: “BRAVO“ – B&H, BSDA – Bulgaria, KOM018 – Serbia, EPEKA – Turkey, MVNGO – Italy, m!M – Montenegro, YSC – Albania

  • Place: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Participants age: 16 – 30

  • The number of volunteers: 35 total (4+1 per country)

  • Working language: English

  • Deadline for applying: 20.08.2021.

This project is financed by the European Commission through the Erasmus Plus Program. This publication reflects the view only of the author, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. By Erasmus+ rules organizers will cover travel costs, accommodation and food.

SUMMARY

Structured Learning for Awareness in Media” (SLAM) aims at enhancing young people’s awareness and critical thinking on the role of Mass Media as a challenge and precondition for more inclusive societies towards migrants and refugees.

The Council of Europe’s Report “Media Regulatory Authorities and Hate Speech” (2018) underlines the historical significance of media in enticing and feeding the climate of hatred and violence characterizing West Balkan’s turbulent past. The Balkans are still a primary example of media consciously or even deliberately using hate speech for sensationalistic purposes, thereby supporting it and causing its recurrence and reinforcement at the societal level.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has recently taken a foremost importance as a transit node for migrants and refugees seeking entrance in EU territory, a trend which the UNHCR (2018) recognized as exponentially increasing in 2018, from the 198 arrivals in December 2017 to the 666 registered in the peak month of March 2018. The strain posed on the local relief system by this surge has contributed to a growing sense of local unrest and discontent, which national mass media have so far been able to answer by providing the public with awareness and understanding circa the phenomenon, in many instances providing an amplifier to internal currents of distrust, hate and stereotyping.

From the European perspective, significant indications might be extracted from analysing media coverage about the reception and integration of migrants/refugees.

The CoE in its 2017 Report “Media coverage of the refugee crisis: a cross-European perspective” underlines the role played by media in fuelling societal hate speech as consisting in an abetting/legitimacy factor to explicit hate speech brought about by shallow and sensationalistic coverage.

Against this backdrop, there emerges the opportunity of exploring the similarities, differences and potential synthesis among the different yet interrelated challenges faced by West Balkans countries and Europe within a transnational effort aimed at laying the grounds of a greater media literacy and critical thinking at the level of the youth and, by extension, of society as a means to provide an antidote against phenomena of hate speech and a building block of successful integration processes.

Outputs:

  • Guidebook
  • Web platform
  • 5 cultural events / public interventions
  • 400 interviews/questionaries’
  • 1 conference

Participants’ Profile:

 
 
  • Participants: 4 +1 participants per country (16 – 30), leader per country 18+

  • Language: English

  • Gender: No matter

  • Who: Young people, youth workers, activists, representatives of NGOs, volunteers, students…

Hosting organization:

Bosnian Representative Association for Valuable Opportunities

Bosnian Representative Association for Valuable Opportunities (BRAVO) is non-profit and non-governmental organization. The things that make this organization outstanding and ready to assume responsibility are core principles: tolerance, democracy, diversity, voluntariness and openness.

Our teams are working in the following fields/topics: Human Rights, Anti-Trafficking, People with disabilities, Reproductive health and STDs, Gender Equality and Combating Gender-Based Violence, Sports on a daily basis, Audio and Video production, People with fewer opportunities, Organizing events, Entrepreneurship, IT and ICT, Technology, Humanitarian actions, National and International projects, Support in fight against Criminal and Corruption, Accelerating start-ups, Industry 4.0, Entrepreneurship, Project management, Refugee and Migrants, Creative Actions, but at the same time we are working on publishing books, brochures, newsletters, flyers, affiliations and other publications and a lot of others activities.

Our general target group is youth within the age of 15 to 35, but we focus on all people in need of help and our support. Bearing that in mind, we say that we care for people from 3 to 103. The focus of our organization is on international projects, including all sectors and topics above, but at the same time working with people with fewer opportunities and taking care of European values and principles. We are working with institutions for people with disabilities such as institutions for Deaf and Blind people. Through our activities, in cooperation with institutions and organizations led by people with disabilities, we are teaching silent language and do sports activities with blind people. At our projects as coordinators or hosting organization, we love to bring participants in one of these two institutions and give them an opportunity to learn something totally new.

We are working on the following fields:

  • Youth Empowerment
  • Education and training
  • Soft skills
  • Public speaking and communication
  • Employment Creation
  • Teaching importance of the Reproductive Health and STD-s
  • Combating Anti-trafficking
  • Environment
  • Youth and Non-Formal Education
  • Arts and Culture
  • Sport and Recreation

SLAM will carry out the following activities to deliver on this set aim:

– Research on the main challenges and best practices in media literacy in the field of migration/refugee issues in Europe and the West Balkans. The research will be aimed at producing a Format of Training whereby youth operators might provide understanding and concrete instruments of media literacy to the youth.

– International piloting of the Training Format with youth workers and leaders from each partner organization.

– Youth Exchange on media literacy and migration/refugee involving young people aged 18-25 from each partner country.

– Seminar with mixed groups of youth workers and young people (2 per category per organization) in whose context to brainstorm and co-devise the upcoming social campaigning.

– Social Campaign, online and offline, wherein the youth will spread the values and instruments of media literacy acquired in the local communities and national societies by online and offline means.

– Creation of Guidebook in multiple languages for youth organizations external to the Consortium.

– Establishment of a project Website with project information and digital learning resources in multiple languages for young people.

TRAVEL COSTS LIMIT PER PERSON:

1.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

„BRAVO“ – 20€

2.

Albania

„QENDRAT“ – 180€

3.

Bulgaria

„BSDA“ – 180€

4.

Italia

„MVNGO“ – 275€

5.

Montenegro

„MLADIINFO MONTENEGRO“ – 180€

6.

Serbia

„KOM 018“ – 180€

7.

Turkey

„EPEKA“ – 275€

Travel, Food and Accommodation

 

Participants will be accommodated in double and triple rooms in hotel. 

Volunteers will have provided ACCOMMODATION, THREE MEALS per day and COFFEE BREAKS.

ABOUT "SARAJEVO"

The project meeting will take place in Sarajevo – the city where east meets west:

Its idyllic mountain setting and diverse heritage makes Sarajevo one of Europe’s most intriguing cities. Yet it is its indomitable spirit that makes it truly special.

If ever a greeting has momentarily filled my head with mixed emotions, it was the one offered to me the other day by a smiling young taxi driver at an airport. “Welcome to Sarajevo,” he announced, and then he sped me off to my hotel in Baščaršija, the city’s cultural and historic heart.

Although Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a name which might seem inextricably linked to war and tragedy, the passing of 20 years has done much to heal this remarkable and resilient city, and tourism is now sharply on the rise. The reason is obvious. Sarajevo is beautiful.

The city is tucked inside a long, thin valley and surrounded on all sides by forested mountains, and almost every crossroads and street corner provides at least a glimpse of an idyllic picture-postcard backdrop. During the worst moments in the city’s history, when its inhabitants were targeted by snipers, this dramatic geography proved to be a terrifying drawback but, thankfully, the spectacular natural beauty of Sarajevo can again be admired and enjoyed.

The best way to do this is to find the highest vantage point possible, and with the recent reopening of Sarajevo’s iconic cable car, a trip up the mountainside has, once again, been made easy. A short walk from Baščaršija brings you to the shiny new cable car station in the foothills of Mount Trebević, one of the peaks which played host to events in the 1984 Winter Olympics. For a return fee of 20 Bosnian marks (approximately £10), this must-do cable car lifts you more than 1,100m in seven minutes, providing breathtaking views every second of the way. At the top, the perspective shifts and changes like a kaleidoscope. In the short space of time that I was on the mountain, I saw the cityscape swelter beneath me under a clear blue sky and then quickly become obscured by twirling strands of mist that seemed to appear from nowhere.

It’s a view which defies comparison with most other European cities. Mosques and minarets decorate the skyline along with the Romanesque towers of Catholic churches and the onion-shaped domes of Orthodox ones. And that is another thing which makes this city so fascinating: it’s a place where east and west meet. On the main pedestrian thoroughfare, Ferhadija, this cultural equator is marked for posterity on the pavement and a sign encourages visitors to take a photo looking first one way up the street and then the other.

The contrast is stark. Austro-Hungarian architecture and a mosaic of western shop signs can be seen in one direction, while, with a simple turn of the head, the outlook abruptly transforms into a Turkish bazaar. On one side of this line, people sit and drink beer at tables on the street, while on the other, there isn’t a drop of alcohol to be found. Instead, you’ll find open-fronted cafes offering strong Bosnian coffee and also, perhaps, a puff on a hookah pipe.

Following Ferhadija in the direction of the coffee will wind you into the heart of Baščaršija and, inevitably, to the enjoyable hubbub nicknamed “Pigeon Square”. My first visit here was to the accompaniment of Bosnian folk music being blasted loudly through outdoor speakers and provided the odd spectacle of several dozen tiny parked cars which looked like vintage Fiat 500s but were, in fact, Yugoslav Zastava. Like the views from Mountain Trebević, the drama in Pigeon

Square is ever-changing but one constant is the wonderful ice-cream being sold by street vendors in an alluring range of flavours. One scoop will set you back as little as 1€.

For a wider choice of refreshments head for Gazi Husrev-begova, the narrow street walled on one side by the indoor marketplace known as the Old Bezistan. Cafe tables squeeze the street even tighter and a cup of coffee here lasts as long as you can linger over it. A good choice is Café Ramis, which sits on a corner and attracts locals and foreign visitors alike. With windows that open fully on to the street, it actually makes little difference whether you choose to sit in or out but there is something rather lovely about relaxing inside, surrounded by Ottoman geometric patterns and happy people munching cake. The cakes reveal as much about Sarajevo’s diverse heritage as everything else does in this city. Viennese Sachertorte is offered alongside krempita kolač (a Bosnia and Herzegovinan custard slice), as well as something that looked to me very much like a rum baba. Whatever you choose, you won’t be rushed.

Sarajevo has such a good vibe that it can be extremely difficult to grasp the terror of what happened here as recently as the mid-1990s. But the truth is that you don’t need to look far for evidence. Any building which predates that time is likely to be pockmarked with bullet holes, and a memorial garden in Veliki Park, opposite one of Sarajevo’s busiest shopping malls, quietly commemorates the 1,500 children who lost their lives during the 44-month long siege.

Even without factoring in its incendiary role in the first world war, the history of Sarajevo can seem impossibly sad. Despite that, it doesn’t feel like a sad place to visit because when you come here, you get the sense that the city is now looking to the future. And it does that with dignity, resilience, an indomitable spirit and hope. If you want to discover somewhere remarkable, then make your way to Sarajevo.

Travel costs reimbursement

Reimbursement is calculated based on the distance calculator of the European Commission.

At the arrival, all participants must provide flight reservation, all original tickets and boarding passes. They must send by post the return tickets and boarding passes to an email address which will be provided.

Travel costs will be reimbursed only for the cheapest means of transportation. Acceptable means of transportation for the project are: plane, bus, train, metro or ferry, but NOT taxi.

 

ANTIGENIC/SWAB and/or PCR test will be covered with the limit of your travel costs. Please try to find as cheapest tickets as possible that we can refund all your travel and test costs.

If you need invitation letters, please send your ID or PASSPORTS to email [email protected] as a group that hosting organization can prepare INVITATION LETTER.

For entering Bosnia and Herzegovina you would need to have Antigenic or PCR test, but please check NEWS for your country on this link: http://www.granpol.gov.ba/Content/Read/76?title=Stranci

PLEASE DON’T BUY TICKETS BEFORE YOU GET A GREEN LIGHT FROM BRAVO TEAM.

Thank you.

How to apply?

  1. Complete the BRAVO- APPLICATION FORM in English title as following ”name of the project you are applying for” until 23:59 on deadline day.

  2. Deadline for applying: 20.08.2021.

  3. Selection results: until 01.09.2021.

  4. PARTICIPATION FEE: NO PARTICIPATION FEE

  5. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us at: [email protected]

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