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Call for Applications: “Balkans Voices” Digital Media Program

Call for Applications: “Balkans Voices” Digital Media Program

This 8-week Miami University summer program is based in the capital, Pristina. Students attend classes in Journalism and International Studies, and intern at a news agency or NGO, 4 days a week, with 3-day weekends for exploring Southeastern Europe.

Only around 30 blind people have a job in Kosovo currently

Only around 30 blind people have a job in Kosovo currently

According to the head of the Kosovo Blind Association (KBA), Bujar Kadriu, most of the employees work as therapists, teachers, and in information technology. On the other hand, he says that the institutions do not provide enough space to increase the number of blind employees.

Kosovar women entrepreneurship still limited to small businesses

Kosovar women entrepreneurship still limited to small businesses

From the research “Women in Entrepreneurship” that was conducted by Riinvest Institute in 2017, it turned out that only 10 % of active businesses in Kosova are owned by women. This research emphasizes that most of these businesses are small and are mainly oriented in the trade and service sector, such as beauty and hairdressing parlors.

A mental health center in a village free of stigma

A mental health center in a village free of stigma

This center was founded with the intention of integrating people with mental disabilities into society. To build this center, more than 160,000 Euro was invested in 2016. The treatment at this center has been successful this far, although there are individuals who haven’t been able to socialize for decades.

Vushtrri, like other municipalities, is not spared of theft

Vushtrri, like other municipalities, is not spared of theft

“The phenomenon that is happening in Vushtrri is quite concerning. This is because the lives of families that are targeted by these criminals are endangered. Every citizen, from families to neighborhoods, education institutions, and religious institutions need to give their best in order to teach new generations not to steal. At the end, legal measures should be taken for those who steal.”

Mentality still keeps numerous cases of sexual harassments silenced

Mentality still keeps numerous cases of sexual harassments silenced

Vahide Morina, a psychologist at the Foundation Together Kosovo (FTK), located in Prishtina, gives advice on the web-page www.nukjevet.net for youth aged 12-25 and the problems they face. Among others, she helps them with professional instructions regarding trafficking, sexual abuse and sexual harassment. During the last two years, she also helps them in the field of reintegration in society.

A “special classroom” inside a regular school

A “special classroom” inside a regular school

A classroom with 12 students with special needs, such as Down syndrome, autism, speech and hearing impediment etc. still exists in “Ali Kelmendi” school. Two teachers use different games to teach boys and girls, aged 8 to 19.

Teenager’s increased exposure to alcohol, increases cases of excessive usage

Teenager’s increased exposure to alcohol, increases cases of excessive usage

“We noticed that the number of excessive users is increasing, because some drugs are often used in combination with alcohol. This is another problem, when these two get mixed. For example, cocaine and alcohol are linked to each other. The majority of those who use cocaine also use a lot of alcohol. During the next stages we are not sure whether they are addicted to alcohol or cocaine: often times it is both. Individuals develop double addictions,” says Blakaj.

Sexual education in schools: Some teach it, some neglect it…

Sexual education in schools: Some teach it, some neglect it…

Around 264,000 elementary school pupils in Kosovo have the option to learn sexual education in subjects such as biology or some other elective subjects. However, not all teachers teach the chapter about sexual education, although it is included in the curriculums designed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Same sex couples are still not free of public prejudice

Same sex couples are still not free of public prejudice

“When you grow up in a small country where the LGBTQ community is still taboo, you have to be very strong to tell society how you feel. You have to expect common negative comments,which can really hurt you. Now I have friends who belong to the community and I feel like my true self when I am surrounded by people like me. My family still doesn’t know. They have their doubts but I haven’t told them how I feel. This bothers me the most because they don’t know and I am always stressed about it. When you know your family and you know that they are homophobes, you know what you will be dealing with,” says Y.U.

Female car lovers break stereotypes that motor racing is exclusively for boys

Female car lovers break stereotypes that motor racing is exclusively for boys

“Racing with men does not affect me, because it is a tradition I have inherited from my grandfather, my aunt, my father and brother, all of whom auto race. I’ve inherited the culture of this sport and automobiles in general…It’s a family tradition that we have passed on from generation to generation,” she added.

“iEngage & iWrite II” – Day III

“iEngage & iWrite II” – Day III

The third part of the training was delivered by Agron Bajrami about the creation of attractive content for the audience in traditional and modern media (televisions and portals), within the framework of the program “iEngage & iWrite”.

“Internship & Mentorship Program” training II

“Internship & Mentorship Program” training II

The second training in the framework of the “Internship & Mentorship” program was held at KosovaLive. For three days the participants had the opportunity to learn about video editing techniques.

International Day for Climate Action

International Day for Climate Action

In honor of the International Day for Climate Action, KosovaLive is holding an event to learn more about the environment, the importance of water and air, and the damage caused by climate change. At the end we will go together organized, in a cleaning action near the river Prishtevka.

Cirkonomia

Cirkonomia

Do you want to learn what are the ways of developing initiatives, businesses and government interventions that could lead the way of economy development towards a sustainable economy in harmony with our environment and their needs?

Design Thinking – workshop

Design Thinking – workshop

How can we be better informed about what people want and need? How can we create products and services that are feasible, viable and desirable?

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