9th Sava Youth Parliament

end:  09.10.2021.start:  08.10.2021.
The 9th Sava Youth Parliament, held in Banja Luka (BA) on the 8th and 9th of October 2021, gathered more than 50 participants from the secondary schools from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. Because of the pandemic the event was organized in hybrid form in a way that the students from Bosnia and Herzegovina were present in Banja Luka, while the others participated online. As a co-organizer the representatives of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe and the project partners of the SHELTER projects and the guest from the UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Scheldt Youth Parliament were present as well.

The slogan of this year Youth Parliament was “Let’s protect our cultural heritage”. The main objective was to enable young people to learn about the threats that cultural-historical sites in the Sava River basin face in a case of floods.
On the first day, after the welcome addresses of Mr. Dragan Zeljko, the Secretary of the ISRBC and Ms. Ana Luiza M. Thompson-Flores, Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Ms Tana Bertić, the formal president of the Sava Youth Parliament presented the work of the parliament in the last two years. The students presented their products selected at the competition for secondary schools and youth as a “ticket” for participation at the event.
The following schools were selected: Biotechnical Education Center Ljubljana Food school Ljubljana (SI) , School of Economics, Commerce and Catering, Samobor (HR), X. Gymnasium "Ivan Supek", Zagreb (HR), Secondary Vocational and Technical School, Gradiška (BA), Mixed Secondary School "Hazim Šabanović", Visoko (BA), Gymnasium Crnjanski Belgrade (RS) and the School of Applied Arts Šabac (RS).
After the initial presentations the students were divided into the groups to exercise on how using of social media and messenger tools could protect Sava River basin from flooding, learning about disaster risk management (DRM) and the experts in charge of implementing DRM, getting knowledge about the best practices in reacting and preventing flood events to raise awareness about the possible actions at all stages of DRM and developing cloud of ideas how young people could contribute to protection against floods.
On the second day, the students in cooperation with the Republic Hydrometeorological Institution of Republika Srpska set the high-level water marks at the Elementary School “Desanka Maksimović” in Trn and visited the most important heritage sites in Banja Luka and its surroundings (i.e. Fortress Kastel, Ferhadija Moscue, Cathedral of Crist the Saviour, Banski Dvor, Gosposka Street and the Trappist abbey).
The 9th Youth Parliament increased the knowledge of the young people on the protection of cultural sites against floods and the results would be used in further implementation of the SHELTER project. Their views will be also presented at the International Day of Disaster Risk reduction organized by the United Nation Office for Disaster Risk Reduction held on 13th of October 2021 (story map).
All selected works are available at the Sava Youth Parliament website