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Project Descriptions - YOUTH FOR YOUTH / FIRST TIME VOTER - September to December 2011

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Strengthening Accountability of Women and Young Political
Strengthening Teamwork and Debating Skills among Youth
More active women in political and civil life of BiH
YOUTH FOR YOUTH / FIRST TIME VOTER - September to December 2011
YOUTH FOR YOUTH / FIRST TIME VOTER - April to June 2011
IMPROVED MANAGEMENT OF ELECTORAL LAWS PROGRAM IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 2010
“ELECTION LAW AND LAW ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST – EXPERIENCE AND PRACTICE IN THE REGION“ 2008
LEARNING AND KNOWING – MEANS EXISTING 2008
MONEY AND ELECTIONS 2007
“ELECTION LAW AND LAW ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST – EXPERIENCE AND PRACTICE IN THE REGION“ 2007
TRAINING FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS 2007
MONEY AND ELECTIONS IN SERBIA 2007
YOUTH AND POLITICS 2007
ACCOUNTABLE AUTHORITIES IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 2007
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YOUTH FOR YOUTH / FIRST TIME VOTER

September to December 2011


Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH), implemented project „Youth for Youth / First Time Voter“ in three phases: the first phase from July to Oktober 2010, the second from April to June 2011, and the third from September to December 2011 thanks to the funds of the Council of Europe. The main goal of this project was to motivate youth to actively participate in the elections and political life in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

During the project implementation, 30 000 booklets on the basic information about elections were printed and 2400 workshops held in 132 schools in RS and Federation of BiH. 7927 students participated in these workshops and 132 professors.

The project “First Time Voter” was well designed and needed. In Bosnia and Herzegovina there is a general problem of indifference towards political and social life of the country, especially among youth. One fact that supports this claim is the attitude of students towards elections, and statements like: “I won’t vote because I can’t change anything”, “All politicians are thieves and criminals”, “Every time same people on the election lists”, etc., and the appearances of political parties, especially during the election campaigns, where the youth population is very little mentioned or not mentioned at all. The reason for this lies in the fact that young people rarely go to the polls, and therefore they are not very important to the political parties. Because of this, we strongly believe that this project should continue in the future.

We believe that in the continuation of this project more attention should be dedicated in training the trainers, who are doubtless experts in this area, but, in some cases, they lack experience in dealing with children, and that is the reason why some workshops were reduced mainly to theoretical lecture of the theme which is the subject of the workshop. We believe that in continuation of this project there should be greater interaction with the students, giving them possibility to be fully engaged into the workshop. Therefore we believe that in the future bigger accent should be on the themes that motivate young people to engage themselves into the election process and social life, so they could see elections as a chance to improve society for themselves and their surroundings.