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Should Young People Stay in Serbia?



Even though people claim that life is better outside from Serbia, where many benefits are awaiting, it so happens that existing opportunities in this country are unknown and that young people essentially do not understand them. Students are prone to move in the circles from their comfort zone, they hardly find inner motives to become scientists, to work on themselves and to acquire new skills. Also, they are discouraged by stories of other’s failures, employment based on political party membership and corruption, so they often cross out certain options that opened to them, or hardly decide to start working on the ideas that require entrepreneurship spirit or opening a private business. Opportunities to work and prosper in Serbia do exist, they are just not so apparent and numerous, which therefore requires a high level of social wisdom to provide enough patience for people to work on themselves to reach their goal. Continue reading “Should Young People Stay in Serbia?”

Young People in Serbia 2015


FRIEDRICH EBERT STIFTUNG and SeConS published a book “Young People in Serbia 2015: Situation, Perceptions, Beliefs and Aspirations. This study, written by Smiljka Tomanović and Dragan Stanojević, examines the civic and political perceptions as well as the individual experiences of young people in Serbia today. The study is based on empirical data collected in 2015 through interviews conducted with 1200 young people aged between 15 and 29 from all over Serbia. They were asked to provide information about all aspects of their lives, including living conditions, education, work and employment, family and leisure, trust, attitudes and beliefs, future aspirations as well as politics and EU-Accession of Serbia.

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Serbia and Europe as Seen by Young People


Young people in Serbia are Euro-skeptical and dissatisfied
with their life in Serbia, latest study shows.

Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade on June 2 presented the results of their study of attitudes of young people about Serbian EU integration. This research, conducted in April this year in cooperation with the European Movement in Serbia and with assistance of the Faculty‘s second year students. This research has been conducted from April 19 to April 29, and it included 979 young persons between 15 and 29 years of age from Serbia, including those from Kosovo. Continue reading “Serbia and Europe as Seen by Young People”

European Voluntary Service celebrates 20 years!


The European Voluntary Service gives young people the opportunity to volunteer abroad, contributing with their efforts to a cause they believe in – be it solidarity with refugees and migrants, work on environmental issues, activities for children or the elderly, support for non-governmental organisations, work for cultural events or a number of other topics. Anyone between 17 and 30 years old can join and every volunteer receives support to cover travel and living costs, as well as pocket money and insurance. Continue reading “European Voluntary Service celebrates 20 years!”

Balkan Youth Needs Jobs


The article Young people in southeastern Europe need jobs, published on Deutsche Welle broacasting service’s website, reports about a Catholic charity Renovabis efforts’ to draw attention to the lack of perspectives for young people in southern and eastern Europe.

Pero Sudar, the Franciscan auxiliary bishop of Sarajevo, emphasizes that some 70 percent of Bosnian youth wish to emigrate, and that the situation is similar in other Western Balkan counties. Youth unemployment, as he adds, is at staggering 45 to 60 percent in the Western Balkans, depending on the country; if one takes into the equation the poverty, corruption, political instability etc., it is no wonder that young people are rapidly losing the faith in democracy and democratic institutions.

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Media Influence on Arab Spring

The Arab Spring was a revolutionary wave of demonstrations, violent and non-violent protests that changed the face of the North Africa and Middle East from 2010 onwards. The first spark was lit in Tunisia, and in the next few years it spread throughout the region, bringing downfall to regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, and affecting a number of others, including Jordan, Syria, Morocco etc. Continue reading “Media Influence on Arab Spring”

Roma People in Serbia

A family of seven, five of which are children, living in a 15 square meters in a run-down building in a mid-sized Serbian town of Krusevac, without elementary conditions for life, such as washing, dressing and even garbage service. This is the sad reality of (too) many Roma people in the Balkans, whose villages are covered by garbage which is their source of income. There they dig for paper, plastic, glass and scrap metal, selling these to recycling companies for a meagre sum of some 6 to 15 eurocents per kilogram, depending on the material. What is more, in their yards we can find herds of animals and birds such as cocks, hens, pigs, cats and dogs. Families usually have many children, and state support in a relatively poor country like Serbia is, we have been told, around 100 euros every trimester per child.


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You are not alone – Famous with disabilities

Have a disability or medical condition? You are not alone.

Many people with disabilities have contributed to society. These include actors, actresses, celebrities, singers, world leaders, and many other famous people.

There are also millions of people worldwide who may not be famous in the sense society deems famous, but still live with, battle, and overcome their disabilities every single day of their lives.

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MEDIActive Youth project

CDER implements international project within Erasmus + Programme – Capacity building in the field of youth.

Project has following aims:

1. Increasing the capacity of youth organisations/workers in the field of media literacy and media activism and fostering their active participation in society,
2. Fostering intraregional and transregional cooperation between 11 youth NGOs from 5 Partner and 5 Programme countries from Western Balkans, Western Europe and North Europe regions;
3. Strengthening media promotion of youth policy and democratic values in partner countries on transregional and European level. Continue reading “MEDIActive Youth project”

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