Call for Applications: Summer School and Project “Challenge History 3 – React for the Future” Follow up
When: 15-21 July, 2019
Where: Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
Deadline for Applications: 24 June, 2019 (23:59 CET)
The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia and its project partners  are pleased to announce the call for applications for the Summer School “Challenge History 3 – React for the Future”, which will be held 15-21 July, 2019 in Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia, financially supported by the Western Balkans Fund, the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Office in Skopje (FES), the Swiss Embassy in Republic of North Macedonia and forumZFD (Forum Civil Peace Service).
We are inviting students from high schools (16-17 years old) in North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo* to apply for the Summer School.
The Summer School will enable its participants to:
- Actively reflect on historical narratives, particularly those related to the recent wars/conflicts in the Balkans;
- Develop open dialogue and constructive approach to dealing with the past;
- Increase their regional network and strengthen cross-country neighborly relations;
- Increase their critical thinking through fun and creative activities, networking with peers from the region and strengthen cross-country neighborly relations.
Information about the Summer School “Challenge History 3 – React for the Future” Follow up
Costs and expenses: The organizers will cover all costs related to travel, visas, accommodation and meals during the seven working days. Members of the organization team will accompany participants on their travel from the capital of their home country (Sarajevo) to Ohrid and back. The participants will be required to arrange travel to Sarajevo and back by themselves and the costs will be reimbursed.
Working language: English – participants must have a good working knowledge of the English language
Program: The Summer School “Challenge History 3 – React for the Future” Follow up will consist of the following four main modules:
- Social identity/ies
- Legacies of war/peace
- Contrasting/shared historical narratives
- Human Rights
Each module will be organized in an interactive way in a variety of formats, such as lectures, workshops, field visits, debates, case studies, creative activities and production of multi-media content. Distinguished regional experts will lead all the modules. In addition to the program modules, cultural and other side-events will be organized based on participants’ inputs.
Who can apply?
- Students in the second or third grade of high school (16-17 years old at the time of submitting the application) and who will not have attained the age of 18 at the time of the Summer School;
- Students from North Macedonia, BiH, Kosovo*, Montenegro or Serbia;
- Students who wish to learn about history of the Western Balkans from an alternative multi-perspective view;
- Students who are willing to apply the new skills and knowledge and implement follow-up peace building activities in their local communities;
- Students with good command of the English language, who are able to understand and participate in the program.
How to apply?
Interested students are invited to fill in the application form (see below) accompanied by the signed authorization for participating in the Summer School. The participants should also write a motivation letter in which they will:
- provide brief description on their interests, knowledge and background;
- provide clear motivation to participate in the Summer School and the Project “Challenge History 3 – React for the Future” Follow up;
- state in which way they could contribute to the success of the Summer School and Project “Challenge History 3 – React for the Future” Follow up and how they could be effective as a young peace builders in their communities, schools, youth groups, social spaces, etc.
Send your application form, motivation letter, scan of your passport, and scanned signed parental authorization form to:
Elma Mahmutović, War Childhood Museum, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org(local partner from Bosnia and Herzegovina)
A total of 30 participants (6 from each of the participating countries) will be selected according to their motivation to acquire additional knowledge, to engage in critical debates, to commit to developing and implementing follow-up activities in their communities. The short-listed participants will be notified by email by 25 June, 2019 and interviews will take place from 25 till 26 June, 2019.
If you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at +387 61 929 121.
 Centre for Peace and Tolerance (Kosovo*), Democracy Plus (Kosovo*), Helsinki Committee for Human Rights Serbia (Serbia), United World College Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), War Childhood Museum (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Grammar School Slobodan Skerović (Montenegro)