Challenge History: Summer school in Mostar

In Mostar, from July 16-21, 18 high-school students, aged 16-17 years, from various locations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo met for the first time to learn about and discuss shared and contested narratives of the past. They attended the summer school "Challenge History" that was organized by the Swiss Helsinki Committee for Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights, in cooperation with United World College, Mostar, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, Forum Civil Peace Service, Sarajevo, Euroclio BiH, Friedrich-Ebert Foundation in Southeast Europe, Center for Peace and Tolerance Kosovo, Democracy Plus, Kosovo and Foundation for Creative Development, BiH.

Ten lecturers from various countries in the region gave presentations and inputs for engaged discussions on contrasting stories, legacies as potential for reconciliation, shared narratives, identity and other topics related to dealing with the past for the future. Participants expressed the need to deal with the past in a constructive manner, based on facts, questioning publicly presented narratives, in order to build a better future. The next such summer school will be organized in Kosovo next year.

Watch the trailer of the upcoming full documentary on the Summer school:



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