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Vicinities Chronicles are open to all those who wish to share their perspectives, open up dialogue, and discuss problems – those who wish to live in a better, more stable environment.
We will be publishing six weekly stories, from across the Western Balkans, with the aim to shed light on social, political and cultural realities, testifying to this moment in time.

Kalina Sotiroska Ivanoska, Skopje: Dear teachers, the power is in your hands!

The key to sustainable development of education starts with teachers. Teachers today are the most affected party in making or breaking a school's reputation. Kalina Sotiroska Ivanoska The end of the school year is approaching, the students are waiting for the long vacation, but before the release day comes, they

2023-05-30T16:30:59+00:00May 30th, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Biljana Stevanić, Gornji Milanovac: Woe to Serbia

What I am painfully aware of is that the career of an educator is absolutely devalued today. For years now, we can barely make ends meet. Biljana Stevanić   Do you like school? I love it! I've loved it for as long as I can remember. My first memories are

2023-05-30T16:20:47+00:00May 30th, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Edlira Dibrani, Prishtina: Kosovo are far from Finland

We still have a long way to go before we trust our flawed system and then appreciate teachers to do their job for which the state has played no role. Edlira Dibrani In a society that has just emerged from the war, almost 24 years, it is not easy for

2023-05-30T16:18:45+00:00May 30th, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Senad Alić, Sarajevo: I’m even a teacher

There used to be a saying "everything changes except for the classroom". I say "used to", because nowadays a classroom is no longer the classroom. Prof. Senad Alic Looking back at the beginnings of my professional career in education, I have a feeling that as I’d walk down the street

2023-05-30T16:16:47+00:00May 30th, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Slobodan Savović, Podgorica: Education and “ready-made” professors

The past thirty-year free fall which we find ourselves flying in as a society has humiliated education and upbringing of young people the most. Slobodan Savović The disintegration of the SFRY brought about the disintegration of a system of social values by which the predecesors of today's Region lived, and

2023-05-30T16:12:43+00:00May 30th, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Alma Lama, Tirana: The teacher has been left alone

Media and social networks often become easily imitative for teenagers, making the relationship with students in the institution difficult.  Alma Lama Today, the teacher in Albania is a professional sought by parents who have an important assessment for their children's education. The teacher very patiently raised his figure, which was

2023-05-30T16:10:37+00:00May 30th, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Branka Drašković, Belgrade: Education and prevention against violence

When community institutions are weakened, people feel alone and respond to uncertainty by assuming the worst outcomes, carrying weapons, and responding to aggression with more aggression. Branka Drasković Violence is a global phenomenon that kills more than 1.6 million people each year, making it one of the leading causes of

2023-05-18T17:49:21+00:00May 18th, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Darko Saveljić, Podgorica: What else needs to happen before the system can kickstart?

After I publicly spoke out about my child's brutal beating, I was amazed that dozens of parents had reached out to me with similar experiences. I realized that this phenomenon had metastasized in Montenegrin society. Darko Saveljic Although our suffering may seem insignificant in the face of the scale of

2023-05-18T17:47:38+00:00May 18th, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Alisa Bajgora, Prishtina: How to reduce the phenomenon of bullying in our society?

It is often the case that hurt children are bullies, perhaps in an attempt to regain their power, or to develop authority.  Alisa Bajgora Being a teenager means that you are going through a period of growth and unforgettable experiences. But for many teenagers, the harsh reality of bullying leaves

2023-05-18T17:46:00+00:00May 18th, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Arma Tanović Branković: Peer violence and theater

Acting strengthens self-confidence and self-awareness as well as trust in one's own personhood, empowering a young person to not have to assert themselves through violence and domination. Arma Tanović Branković As a professor of acting at ASU Sarajevo, head of the Helen O'Grady Academy, as well as a mother, I

2023-05-18T17:43:57+00:00May 18th, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments
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