Promoting diversity of cultural expressions and creativity in Bosnia and Herzegovina

This fall ICDO gives life to the upcoming project in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project will bring together members of several high schools in order to engage in various activities created by ICDO and cooperating organizations. Our team is planning to engage youth from all of the three ethnicities and minority groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions and creativity. The main goal is to introduce new tools to educate young people, professors, and administrators of the schools about sensitive issues through various innovative ways such as a symposium, workshops, art, and other methods.

The students and teachers will be introduced to the Handbook developed by ICDO which will present new ideas on various elements of cultural diversity. The Handbook will give the participants an overview on such important aspects as subcultures, ethnicity, race, different types of diversities, stereotypes, challenges to cultural diversity and more!

ICDO will kick off the fun part with multiple icebreakers that will help the participants get to know each other and become more familiar with different cultures. Several entertaining activities, such as “Cultural Mashup,” will give the participants the opportunity to exchange and share their experience and skills. Also, in order to create nurturing and fun atmosphere for the participants, ICDO is planning to create art workshops, with help of professionals from various fields of expertise.

A symposium with professional speakers, both local and international, is going to be one of the highlights of the project. Multiple experts from the United Nations and partnering universities will present their ideas on different topics during the symposium. The online platform will be created in order to encourage interaction between different schools, students, and teachers.

ICDO is going to exhibit the best art from the schools’ students. The exhibitions will showcase multiple cultures and artistic traditions of different regions. The best works will be given the privilege of being exhibited at the United Nations. However, it is not the only contest that will be taking place. Another exciting part of the project will be an essay contest based on the information from the handbook and a reward for the best work.

ICDO is pursuing future cooperation with different schools and organizations in order to expand the project and involve more participants. This long-term project is an important step towards promoting the diversity of cultural expressions and creativity in Bosnia and Herzegovina.