BE THE INSPIRATION: MOBILIZING YOUTH FOR RECONCILIATION IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

From November 1, 2018 through February 14, 2020, the USAID funded “Be the inspiration” project brought together hundreds of young participants from the region, dozens of cities, great energy and great ideas, which navigated them through set of activities and help them create their vision of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). When it comes to INFOHOUSE’s portion of the program, the objectives were twofold: (i) To foster greater understanding among youth of diverse narratives of the conflict in BiH, and (ii) To create more creative opportunities for positive intergroup actions in combating ethno-nationalist rhetoric. As a result of the project’s progressive support, the key legacies for the high school students are the creative opportunities, communication channels, comprehensive understanding of the reconciliation culture, and increased intergroup initiatives to help them to continue to combat ethno- ationalist rhetoric and promote the process of reconciliation in the future. For that, the high school students were equipped with a great number of reconciliation tools, painting techniques, memories of bike visits to the historical locations, as well as a lot of contacts and channels of communications, giving them ways to new inspirations for reconciliation.