Youth Leadership Program
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Note: The Youth Leadership Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Upon returning to Bosnia, high school students who are participating in the program use their new skills to develop and lead community service projects. Here's an update from one of the participants.
Hello everyone! My name is Natasha, and I’m one of the lucky six students from the small town of Bijeljina that participated in Youth Leadership Program last spring. Our stay in the US was very exciting and full of new experiences. We met a lot of different people, tried lots of new things and gained some leadership skills. We had several courses in team building, project writing, etc., and we got to use all of that very soon after we came back home.
We decided to do several workshops with kindergarten kids, and soon made a plan of action. We visited the largest local kindergarten and got permission to take our words into action. During our workshop, we talked about their habits, games, friends. They were shy at first, but soon started speaking freely – we became friends!
We taught them some of our childhood games and used some that Ms Randi Gottlieb suggested in the book she gave us during her workshop in Seattle. The kids showed us their creativity...and patience while teaching us some things too. The kids are our future, but we have to do something for youth and adults too.
Children's class in Bosnia Herzegovina taught by high school students from
the Youth Leadership Program
Activities from the Teaching Unity book
From Dr. Kostas Magos
I have used the book for classroom work as well as for teacher training. In both cases the comments of children and teachers were extremely positive. Teachers claimed they would be glad if the book was translated in Greek in order to use it as an everyday handbook. Children said that the activities were exciting and many of the children "played" the same activities with their parents and brothers/sisters at home after the school program.