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Student Agora, 2013



The aim of the project is to activate critical thinking among the young generation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and through that to arouse their interest in public matters and foster understanding and tolerance between different national groups. Thus they will be well prepared to take an active civic role. We believe that those are preconditions for further democratic development of the Bosnian society. The project is based upon a time-tested methodology from an educational program of Czech NGO Agora CE. There are two main parts to this project. Part one includes educational workshops on communication skills for students of secondary schools and part two represents a debating competition where students can practice the skills they learned during the workshops through an attractive and informal way. Debates are focused on current social and political topics and the format is based upon advocating a given role which helps students to leave their usual patterns and bias in thinking.