Saturday, August 29, 2009

International Student Week

By Jelica Tapuskovic
Belgrade,Aug.9 2009 ,(Serbia Today) - International students week in Belgrade (ISWIB) will be held from August 9th till 16th with a slogan “Challenge of changes“. This manifestation is organized for the third time, and about 200 students from 42 countries all over Europe will take part in it.
The aim of ISWIB is to take down prejudice about Serbia and Belgrade, and to make them popular in the world. Also, aim is connection of students, exchange of ideas, experiences, knowledge, and making an international cooperation. ISWIB is part of international SorCE Network, which plans European festivals.
President of World youth wave organization, which is an organizer of ISWIB, Pedja Ljubojevic, said for Serbia Today that ISWIB will have two parts – educative and cultural. Educative part consists of 10 workshops - Art and Culture, Environmental Protection, Economics, Health, Human Rights, Media, Society, Youth Activism, Photography and Filmmaking. In those workshops only students that participate in ISWIB will have a chance to take a part. Besides those, two open classes of Discussion will be organized, on which everyone can discuss about society, identity, children and women violence. Also, experts from political, cultural and social Serbian scene will have panel discussion about youth and world economy crises.
Ljubojevic announced the main event of this manifestation as the “Fair of Countries”, which will be held on August 12 in the yard of Belgrade’s University. On the “Fair of countries”, students will have presentations of their native countries, their culture and traditions. As he said, it will be very interesting because of many different customs, foods, music, traditional costumes, dance, etc.
The official opening of ISWIB will be in City Hall on August 10th, and closing in House of youth on August 15th, on which will be represented the results of students’ works in the workshops.
The interesting thing about this manifestation is that all participants are from European Universities, and students from countries out of Europe, who are studying on some of European Universities.
The patron of ISWIB, this year will be The General Secretary of Council of Europe Mr. Terry Davis. Beside World youth wave, organizers of ISWIB are City Hall and Ministry of youth and sport.

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