Using the time wisely during the COVID-19 pandemic – Experiences and perspectives of young people in the Western Balkans

The new coronavirus pandemic has unexpectedly affected young people worldwide. The unprecedented circumstances associated with quarantine, limitations and new challenges in education have surely left a deep impression. On the other hand, every cloud has a silver lining. Having plenty of time to think and work in the comfort of our home also provided a chance to be productive and creative, to reconsider priorities, to find novel solutions and bring about change in our beliefs and behaviour. This project aims to bring together WBAA members, students, and early career researchers from Western Balkans countries to share their perspectives and real-life experiences as well as to give insights into their innovative and successful approaches to studying, research and the adaptation to dynamic situations. The specific aim and objectives of this project are in line with the mission of WBAA – namely to empower youth by encouraging them to achieve personal and academic growth even in tough times. The planned activities will be conducted in the form of online meetings giving WBAA members the opportunity for remote collaboration. A series of webinars will follow focused on four WB countries (Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo*, and Montenegro).

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Project manager: Klejda Harasani

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

Time period: 2020

Project Manager : Klejda Harasani