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As a part of Juventas’s project “Capacity Building for Effective Youth Participation in Decision-Making: Capacity Building of Student Parliaments” funded by the Balkan Fund for Democracy (www.gmfus.org/balkantrust), the final press conference was held on 23 June 2011. It included the presentation of the results of the entire project.

The project aimed to establish and empower student parliaments from four secondary schools in Montenegro:

  • Grammar School “Tanasije Pejatović”, Pljevlja
  • Secondary School of Economics “Mirko Vešović”, Podgorica
  • Secondary Mixed School “Bratstvo jedinstvo”, Ulcinj
  • Grammar School “25. maj”, Tuzi

According to the General Law on Education of Montenegro, the student parliament represents the students’ body within the schools of Montenegro, consisting of the very students, and the school within which the student parliament operates is obliged to provide freedom of organization.

The project began in November 2010 and it lasted seven months. Within the project, promotional materials were distributed to students of these schools to inform about the benefits of membership in student parliaments. The main part of the project was a four-day training for 20 pupils from these schools. Pupils have gained new knowledge on the way in which student parliaments function and the importance of the existence of such a body in schools, as well as on writing projects and the basics of public relations.

 

When it comes to implemented projects, students were asked to spot a particular problem in their school and to solve it with the help of their peers. As a result, four smaller projects were implemented:

  • “Improving the communication and intelligence system” - Student Parliament of the Secondary School of Economics “Mirko Vešović” from Podgorica.
  • “Together we can do a lot” - Student Parliament of the Grammar School “Tanasije Pejatović” from Pljevlja.
  • “Gala hall - an ideal place for extracurricular activities” - Student Parliament of the Grammar School “25. maj” from Tuzi.
  • “Improving students’ awareness of the dangers of using tobacco” - Student Parliament of the Secondary Mixed School “Bratstvo jedinostvo” from Ulcinj.

The participants themselves designed, wrote and implemented smaller projects in their schools. These activities have led to an increase in the number of students directly involved in the work of student parliaments. In this way, students understood the true significance of high school activism, and newly gained experiences contributed to the development of the personality of these young people and their education. It is important to note that this project enabled the cooperation between young people of different cultural and social backgrounds. This has affected the reduction of prejudice and the multicultural learning of all participants involved. We hope that the project will also influence the better results of the schools involved.

At this press conference, the students who participated in the project, members of the student parliaments of the high schools, presented the results of their projects and thus showed exceptional dedication and enthusiasm.