1 December 2021
Balkans Group launched Alumni Network of the Executive Programme “Youth in Politics”, where over 90 young people who have passed our training “Youth in Politics: Governance and Political Systems” participated.
The Executive Director of Balkans Group, Mr. Naim Rashiti, opened this event and among other things introduced the Alumni Network, as a network of youngsters who have been and will be part of this program, to engage in various activities in the coming years.
The former President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga, gave an opening speech and praised the Balkans Group’s commitment to train the young people for the future.
As a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Ardian Hoxha delivered a motivational speech in front of the youngsters, encouraging them to follow their dreams and goals even after eventual failures.
The young people then worked in 7 thematic groups; for which they were trained and under the facilitation of field mentors, wrote project proposals, which then evaluated by a jury composed of Mrs. Emira Ajeti (Project Management Expert), z. Çlirim Sheremeti (4H Kosova) and Mrs. Diona Grezda (Researcher, BPRG). The three winning groups, whose projects will be funded for implementation up to 500 euros were 1. Group for Educational Policy, 2. Group for Economic Development and 3. Group for Regional Cooperation and the Kosovo – Serbia Dialogue.
Mr. Fatos Mustafa, former Deputy Secretary General of RYCO, gave the closing speech and among other things invited the young participants to take initiatives alongside participants from minority communities without discriminating others.
At the end of this event the young people had the pleasure to receive training certificates from the Deputy Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Prishtina, Mr. Henrik Width, who praised the initiative and stressed the importance of involving young people in political processes.
The “Youth in Politics” component is part of the multi-pillar project “Elevate peace & state-building agenda and advancing European agenda”.
Balkan Group’s Youth in Politics education programme seeks to offer young individuals and members of political parties throughout Kosovo a chance to develop a practical toolkit to help them overcome some of the most critical hurdles to their progressing career.
The project is funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Prishtina.