Three recommendations that outline the most important learnings as inspiration for future projects. The essence of the recommendations underlying in the approach of the project and present to a varying degree in all the different zooms. Download all recommendations as PDF
According to the UN, youth in Kosovo face serious challenges in participating in public life. It specifically manifests itself in:
Youth engagement is an abstract term that have endless interpretations, but often we do not really know what it means. We need concrete examples to support a dialogue – stories about protesting at the university, blogging about activities in Gjilan/Gnjilane or starting up an arts center.
When inviting people to participate, the invitation needs to resonate with their lived everyday. Something has to be at stake as a reason to engage. Categories like ‘young’ does not necessarily resonate among young people as something to identify with, but concrete concerns and aspirations like a closed down cinema in Gjilan/Gnjilane does.
This project shows that youth in Kosovo are engaged in their society in various ways. But the engagements do not necessarily correspond with a UN understanding of engagement such as a public discussion or decision-making processes. Engaging in collaborations is a way to work around what might seem missing from an outside perspective, and attune to the relevant and locally anchored things already going on.