My Voice Unheard is a humanistic project that aims at bringing a counter-narrative to the uni-dimensional and clichéd image of Pakistan through self-expression. Anum Nawaz and her team collect biographies and a memoirs of real Pakistani’s who are not terrorists or extremists and have in fact, contributed positively to the world in their own distinct ways. However, these individuals are lesser known for their work and the platform aims at acknowledging, appreciating that and sharing it with others in order to counter stereotyping of Pakistan. My Voice Unheard was started as a social media campaign in 2015 when Anum was selected as the World Peace Caravan Youth Ambassador from Pakistan and started this project as part of the... Read More »
Interview by: Stefan Alijevikj
Edited by: Marija Matovska
The Social Impact Awards for 2016 are just about to be launched in dozens of European countries. Mladiinfo International joined the initiative, and organized the awards for the first time in 2015, for Macedonia. The journey with the Social Impact Award is an exciting one, and, it means you will also get to meet and collaborate with amazing people. In our newest interview, and just before taking off with activities for the 2016 edition of the awards, we conducted an interview with Jakob Detering, Director of the Social Impact Award.
Being 27 years old, born and raised in Germany, Jakob Detering is part of a younger European generation that challenges... Read More »
During the summer of 2015, we were happy to host 40 short-term EVS volunteers for our summer project in sport reporting volunteering on handball in Macedonia. In this issue, we follow up with one of our dear volunteers, Sofia Arthurs-Schoppe, who has come to Europe a long way from a faraway country, New Zealand. Along with Andrés Oliva Lozano from Spain, with whom she meets in their School of peace in Israel – they both open the Voices for the world online platform. In times of rising challenge for maintaining World Peace, in rising actions of violence, conflicts and humanitarian crisis, yet we see authentic rise of many youth voices. Sofia and Andrés are one of those youth who bring forward... Read More »
Author: Denis Kolga
Photo credits: Aksana Rudovich
The training course “My role as a Global Citizen” as part of the Erasmus+ program took place in Minsk on September 2 – 8. This event was organized by the Italian NGO “Free Minds in Action” and Georgian NGO “Equality and Development Center” in partnership with the Belarusian NGO “Youth Initiative”, assisted by the Minsk Shapers Hub. The training was supported by the Italian national youth agency.
Educational event gathered 30 young people from Italy, Czech Republic, Georgia, Slovenia, Hungary, and Belarus. During the training, the participants heard lectures on international relations and migration, developed their debating skills on the actual international challenges in the simulation game, and prepared short... Read More »
Author: Lindsey Patterson
Scientists have begun to reach to younger generations for new ideas. It’s not because they’re out of anything good, but it’s because they know that these young minds will be the ones to take over when they’re gone. Not only that, but this generation is growing up in an age of technology and understand how to solve problems in ways that could never have been imagined 60 years ago. With NASA and ESA leading the campaign we’re beginning to see just how these young minds are contributing to space exploration.
Actively Seeking Creative Ideas
In September, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”) launched a campaign seeking creative new ideas for space exploration technology from young people.... Read More »
Prepared by: Hristina Sibinovska and Ana Alibegova
Edited by: Stefan Alijevikj
The beautiful island of Crete has not become widely known only due to the sandy beaches and crystal clear waters attracting thousands of tourists each year, but even more, it reached the front pages and the breaking news as being one of the gates to Europe for the migrants and refugees coming from Middle East and Africa. Crete, as well as the Eastern Greek islands Kos and Lesbos, are the most busy arrival points of the so-called Eastern Mediterranean route. However, not only the migrants and refugees belong to the minorities living in the former center of the Minoan civilization, but also Albanians, Bulgarians and other ethnic... Read More »
Zoia Pavlenko comes from Ukraine, and last year, she has had her most adventurous life experience: a one year study abroad experience, a Chevening year in the UK where she has conducted her Master in Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham, with the financial support of Chevening. In our newest article, read more about how she got there:
Chevening is a UK government international award, which sponsors developing global leaders in obtaining a Master degree at any British university. This program is financed by Foreign and Commonwealth office and is oriented on the future leaders, influence and decision makers from all over the globe.
During this one year – it seems as if I lived... Read More »
Article and photos by: Filipa Raimundo, YPUN Ltd*
There is no secret formula on how to land a perfect job or internship in international development. Still there are some things that you should keep in mind in order to make potential employers interested in you.
1. Don’t give up
At all times keep this in mind. After all, it is a combination of different factors that will enable you to get what you want. In an area such as international development, it is important to keep in mind that persistence is key to success. You should never give up on your dreams and you should do anything to pursue them. The first step to impress your future... Read More »
Picture credits: Uroš Hočevar
Article by: Andreea Giuclea
Translation by: Dan Dracea
In the last evening of the European project I took part in this summer, we all gathered around in a circle in order to receive our Youthpass certificates. Each one of us took out a random one and was supposed to describe – using gestures or words – the person in question. First up, Pablo from Spain: he pulled out the paper, thought about it for a few seconds, then started jumping and clenching his fists in the air yelling “Ru-ma-ni-a! Ru-ma-ni-a!” Everybody turned towards me.
We were at the end of a 40 day period spent in Macedonia, with the official goal of writing... Read More »
Article by: Lejla Becar
Photo editor and selection: Ilhana Babić
On the 9th of August 2015 an abandon factory was reopened in a small town in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. The reopening, after decades of being forgotten, happend thanks to the work of 3 young guys. They are not entrepreneurs, economists, lawyers but artists. The artists collective HAD had the audacity to open an innovative street art exhibition in Visoko.
It was planned to be open just for that one night. It was assumed that only around 40 people will come to see it. It was planned to be just a closing activity for a festival of art and creating called Many men show. The plans backfired. There... Read More »