Boris Divkovic Foundation from Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with CIS (Centre Party International Foundation) from Sweden organizes annual political educational program intended for the young adults from the liberal political parties of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Croatia, Montenegro and Republic of Macedonia. The Academy consists of tree modules, one of which includes a study visit to the EU Parliament in October 2017. The outcome of the Academy is to have participants prepare the implementation of the projects by the end of the Academy. The goal of this Academy is the empowerment of the young, politically active, adults with the knowledge and skills useful for their further political engagements not only within their political parties, but in the overall politics of their home countries as well. A special attention is drawn to the education that is in accordance with the liberal political ideology, history and methods in which it manifests in the regional countries.
The first module of the second generation of the Academy was held in Sarajevo in the period March 26-31, and the program covered the topics that relate to the history of liberal democracy, the presentation and analysis of the political systems and the work of political parties in the regional countries, the economy as the political or non-political field, the institutional inclusion and the economic growth as the precondition for the development of the liberal society, conflict analysis, the culture of remembrance and the conciliation process in the countries of the region, diplomacy in the 21st century, as well as the lectures on the human rights and project writing that the participants will need to implement through the program.
The lecturers from the first module are experts in the field of political and economic science, and they include Dr. Tarik Haveric, University of Zenica, Dr. Vjekoslav Domljan, Associate Professor and Dr. Sabina Cehajic Clancy, Associate Professor from the University Sarajevo School of Science and Technology (SSST), Dr. Dusan Spasojevic, Assistant Professor from the University of Belgrade, Alen Kristic, Mr., Ivan Barbalic, Albin Zuhric, Mia Immelback and Domagoj Belak.
The participants of the Regional Liberal Academy come from:
The important segment of this political academy is the practical component of interactive lectures and workshops during which the participants have the opportunity to individually create the programs and activities important for their own future political engagement. This academy has also given the possibility of meeting young members of regional political parties who share the same political views and thus help strengthen liberal political practices in the region.
‘As the organizers of the Regional Liberal Political Academy (RLPA), we are very proud of the fact that this Academy is the first regional Academy that gathers young politicians from the region, who not only participate in the annual program but become the members of a much wider network that is created through the program. The goal of the Academy is to establish the cooperation among young participants who are potential future leaders, and thus create the basis for the stronger collaboration and upcoming development of the region. As the participating countries share numerous historical, as well as current economic and political aspects and characteristics, the substantial regional cooperation is essential to reach our common goal – EU faster and more efficiently,’ said Anela Lemes, the Executive Director of Boris Divkovic Foundation.