In the theoretical part of the project, the students of all Islamic schools will become acquainted with the European Union through lectures which will deal with the historical and contemporary need for European Union, institutions and values of the European Union, importance of membership of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the European Union and current issues and challenges.
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Through the module History of the European Union - From Conflict to Diversity, young people get insight into the key idea of the European Union and the values it promotes, such as freedom, liberalism, multiculturalism, human rights, etc. The lecture The Idea of Uniting Europe and the EU System has the subheading From Division to Diversity. It emphasizes that Europe is diverse and rich in different national, ethnic, linguistic and cultural identities. Europe has gone through stages of different ideologies, wars and conflicts. After the experiences of destruction in the First and the Second World Wars, the political leaders of Europe recognized that diversity is enriching, that they must find a European solution to the postwar situation, and that peace, stability and prosperity can only be reached through unity and compromise. Based on these principles, six countries founded the European Union, and neighboring countries started joining them when they saw the success of this concept. The lecture also covers the benefits of EU membership and European values, including democracy, human rights, rule of law, and market economy. As the European Union increased in size, the power and areas covered by this system of united countries unparalleled in the world also increased. The lecture also explains how the European Union works, what its main institutions are and how they are interconnected.
Through the module Living in Diversity – Muslims with Others in Europe, the students will learn about the fact that an individual can be both Muslim and European, and that history can be seen through events that rose out of conflict, but also as a process in which different civilizations and cultures learned from each other.
The idea of the European Union, based on the ideals of freedom, justice and rule of law, was born after the destruction of war and conflicts in Europe. Throughout its 60-year history, the community of six founding states and other members has proven to be successful, bringing peace, security, wellbeing and prosperity to the people of Europe. The development process was slow and difficult, and the Union is still evolving in different forms and meanings. The very idea of creating such a union, summarized in the motto United in Diversity, the anthem Ode to Joy, and the flag consisting of twelve stars on a blue background, encourages unity, cooperation, integration and economic development. Over time, the European Union has become a home to different nations and cultures, a family of nations…which find contentment both in their respective national identities and in their common European project.- Nermin Čakić, lecturer
The lecture entitled Bosnia and Herzegovina in the EU – Euro-Atlantic Integrations and the Role of Young People describes the importance of joining the European Union for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and why young people are the main vehicle of change that will lead to a better future for Bosnia and Herzegovina in its road to the European Union.
The lecturers, who will interact with the youth to reach important conclusions, are prominent university professors, assistant teachers and experts in the area of international relations and European integration who work in government institutions and NGOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Dževada Šuško, Muhamed Jusić, Elvis Kondžić, Ismail Čidić and Nermin Čakić.
The process of European integration is rather complicated, so, in my lectures, I tried to simplify the steps that Bosnia and Herzegovina has already taken and those it has yet to take in its path to the European Union. Although that path is demanding, the benefits we get through our membership are extremely important for us as members of a small nation and citizens of a small country. Geographically, culturally and politically, we belong to Europe, and it is of vital interest for our country to confirm that by joining the European Union. - Ismail Čidić, lecturer