Kosovo, 2013. With Bonita Salihu, Florent Reshani, Erza Shala, Rina Baftiu, Shpend A. Mustafa and Salih Salihu. Photo credit: Arber Gjoni
The Post2015 Campaign in Kosovo reached out to 20,000 youths in 12 municipalities throughout all regions of Kosovo. The goals of the campaign were to raise awareness of the existing Post2015 Kosovo report drawn from the consultation phase, as well as to reflect on the findings of the report by providing a platform for debate. At the heart of the Post2015 Campaign Kosovo was the idea that the youths have a right to influence and shape decision-making. The importance of many individual voices acting together as a critical mass to influence the priorities for change in the Post2015 development agenda was the starting point of every encounter we had with Kosovan youths.
Over the summer of 2013, our Post-2015 team travelled across Kosovo, meeting with young people to get their feedback on issues ranging from social problems to their dreams and aspirations. Thoughts and opinions differed, but all of the communities we traveled to had one important thing in common: a multitude of passionate personalities keen to be involved in the project, determined to voice the concerns and the hopes of their communities.
The online presence for our Post-2015 debate in Kosovo was a vital strategy, especially our Innovations Lab and Post2015 Facebook pages, which proved a popular and easy way to encourage young people to participate. Young people were actively involved by writing blog posts or participating in Post-2015 sessions.
In an effort to enable young people to express their ideas to the world, Innovations Lab Kosovo hosted a five-day OneMinutesJr filmmaking workshop from 30 September to 4 October 2013, addressing multiple themes emerging from the Post-2015 debate in Kosovo.
Current plans are under way to collaborate with the Faculty of Arts at the University of Prishtina, for students to create an artefact symbolizing the rights of young people to have their say in decision-making processes. It will be used to represent young people in public institutions in Kosovo, and abroad.
We couldn’t promise to implement their dreams but we want to make clear to young people in Kosovo that their opinion matters, that their voice is being heard, and the value of the contribution is recognized at the highest levels.
(You can access all post2015 resources through our website http://kosovoinnovations.org/en/resources-products)
Campaign Lead, UNICEF Kosovo