Students in action for the environment and social cohesion
The project “Roots of the Future” aims at contributing to the advancement of the complex path toward a genuine reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and at creating opportunities for social cohesion among its citizens. The project intends to address and involve directly young people from four Universities of the country: Tuzla, Sarajevo, Mostar, Banja Luka, as well as the College for Tourism and Hospitality in Trebinje, thus including municipalities and communities both Federation of BiH and of Republic Srpska. By valorising youth interests, favouring exchanges and by increasing and enriching their knowledge on BiH heritage, the project will create a concrete opportunity of dialogue and discussion on main common aspects of the country, starting from the cultural heritage sites of BiH such Stećak, the medieval tombstones. The sites are located in almost the entire territory of BiH, and they are recognised by all the population in BiH as a symbol of identity in Bosnia and Herzegovina and represent a common tradition and shared heritage amongst Bosniak, Croats, and Serbs alike.
The project involves a network of 50 young people expression of social fabric of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska.
The indirect beneficiaries of the project are: about 150.000 citizens; communities of at least 3 Municipalities in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Communities living in 3 protected areas (Protected landscape Konjuh. Tuzla Canton) National Park Sutjeska (Republika Srpska) and Natural Park Blidinje (Hercegovačko Neretvanska Županija Canton, Herceg – Bosanska Canton, Zapadno Hercegovačka Canton).
The objective of the project is “to widen and strengthen the network among youngsters of BiH promoting reconciliation and social cohesion through the revaluation of common historical and cultural heritage”. Starting from a bottom-up approach, the realization of a network of young students committed in the valorisation of their country can be one more seed for increasing a sentiment of unity.
The expected results are: