FOSI EAST-EAST project

Juventas is implementing the project “Participation of young people: examples of good practice in the work of students’ parliaments”, which is funded by the Open Society Institute Foundation - Representative Office Montenegro, through the program “East - East: Partnership without Borders”.

The main goal of this project is to enable young people from Montenegro to take part in the activities carried out by their colleagues from the region (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia) relating to the work of students' parliaments and the union of high school students, which would enable the improvement of youth participation in the decision-making process.

The Students’ Parliament represents a student body within Montenegrin schools, and aims to protect and promote pupils' rights, as well as to encourage youth activism.

The school with a students’ parliament is obliged to provide freedom of organization, because its establishment is legally guaranteed (General Law on Education and Upbringing of Montenegro, “Official Gazette of the Republic of Montenegro” 64/02, Part XI, Article 96)

The students’ parliament plays an important role in maintaining a good and quality pupil-teacher relationship, but also in establishing cooperation between the school and all other institutions and organizations dealing with youth.

Partners on the project are:

Center E8, Serbia (Center for the promotion of healthy lifestyles - Center E8 is a non-governmental organization that covers 4 fields: sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, prevention of drug abuse and youth activism).

UG Zašto ne, Bosnia and Herzegovina (UG Zašto ne is an organization that creates a safe, healthy, active, efficient and responsible Bosnia and Herzegovina society as a whole, both in terms of government representatives and civil society and citizens, and all of this together with other civil society organizations, institutions and individuals).

NVURH, National Council of Students of the Republic of Croatia (NVURH is the highest students’ body of primary and secondary schools at the national level in the Republic of Croatia).

UNSS, Union of High School Students (Union of High School Students in Serbia is a youth organization established in December 2003 with the aim of creating an organization which will representing high school students at the national and European level).

ASuBiH, Association of High School Students in Bosnia and Herzegovina (ASuBiH is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organization for all high school students’ councils in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which exists primarily for their networking and improvement of secondary school students’ standards).

Each of the organizations mentioned above works on the strengthening of youth activism and their participation in society.