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Fifth round of the ICTY Youth Outreach Project starts with a ‘train the trainer’ workshop for teachers in Croatia

Čakovec |

On 15 September 2017, the ICTY’s Outreach Programme held a ‘train the trainers’ workshop in Čakovec, Croatia, for twelve high school history teachers. The workshop marked the beginning of the fifth cycle of the Tribunal’s successful Youth Outreach Project and was organised in cooperation with the “Association for Education and Promotion of Human Rights”.

During the two-hour workshop, Mr Almir Alić, the Tribunal’s representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, introduced participants to the work of the Tribunal and the important role that the war crimes trials play in the process of facing the past. The aim of the workshop was to encourage history teachers to discuss with their students, using judicially established facts, issues relating to the Tribunal’s work and the crimes committed during the conflict in the 1990s. The presentation further focused on sharing experiences and lessons learnt by the ICTY Outreach Programme when organising activities aimed at young people in the region. Questions asked by the history teachers both during and after the workshop underscored the importance of direct communication between the Tribunal and communities in the region.

During the fifth round of the Youth Outreach Project, the ICTY Outreach Programme will continue to deliver lectures and train high school teachers throughout the former Yugoslavia. Since its launch in December 2011, more than 10,000 high school and university students from across the region have taken part in the Youth Outreach Project. The Tribunal’s work with young people is generously supported by the Finnish government.