TIMIT PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

TiMiT activities continue! After the opening of two photographic exhibitions by Pablo Ernesto Piovano and Giulio Piscitelli – respectively ll costo umano dei pesticidi and From there to here – on February 7 at Palazzo Trentini, it is possible to register for the Social Photography Course “Fotografa il Mondo in Trentino”. The course wants to deepen the link between the current world and the art of photography. The objective of TiMiT is raising awareness and activate citizens’ critical thinking in terms of interconnections, through ethic and social photography, its history and development over the decades, offering interesting considerations and basic technical support, from shooting to editing.

Seminars take place in Trento at the Centre for International Cooperation in Vicolo San Marco, 1. The participation fee is Euro 90 (lunch on March 24 is included). The maximum number of participants is 20 and the deadline for the enrolment is on Wednesday, March 7. Finally, we inform you that no specific equipment is required. All you need is a smartphone with an integrated camera or a ‘point-and-shoot’ camera.

LICEO DA VINCI: THE HISTORY OF SARAJEVO

On Monday February 5, at Liceo Scientifico Da Vinci in Trento the second meeting before the students’ departure to Bosnia and Herzegovina took place. The floor was led by Marco Abram, editor and researcher at Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso e Transeuropa. Students were introduced to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sarajevo contexts, to outline the history of a country starting from its capital city.

More precisely, they went through the main historical steps from the Ottoman to the Austro-Hungarian Empires, from the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 to the Olympics Games seven decades later. They also discussed about the 10-Year War in the Balkans and its consequences on current Bosnia. Besides the complex ethnic and demographic framework that portrays the country then and today, students tackled the issue of urbicide, not only remembering the siege and the organised resistance of its citizens, but also analysing the bombings of cultural sights, such as the Old Library in Sarajevo or the Old Bridge in Mostar. Despite the peace agreements, signed more than 20 years ago, ethnic divisions persist both in capital and rural areas. An example is the phenomenon of “two schools under one roof”, where buildings and children are separated on the basis of their faiths and ethnic group. Finally, some suggestions were given to students regarding music and documentaries about the current situation and the history of Sarajevo.

SEMINAR ON PARTICIPATED TERRITORIAL PLANNING

On Saturday February 3, the seminar Pianificazione partecipata del territorio – esperienze a confronto dal Trentino ad altri Paesi (Participated Territorial Planning – comparing Trentino experiences in other countries) took place at the auditorium of Istituto Agrario in San Michele all’Adige (Trento). It was organised by Associazione Progetto Prijedor and Edmund Mach Foundation.

The seminar focused on: exchange of experiences and the opportunity to deepen the knowledge about the territorial planning projects in the field of development cooperation. The participatory methods, the involvement of local stakeholders in the process, and good and bad practices implemented in the field of participatory planning were discussed.

During the seminar, ATB director Maurizio Camin gave the speech on “Co-progettare la cooperazione: relazioni tra Trentino e Balcani dagli anni ’90 ad oggi”, describing the meaning of the concepts ‘working-WITH’ and ‘planning-WITH’, which are the basis of ATB work in the Balkans.

Edmund Mach Foundation, the school library, CAM-Consorzio Associazioni Mozambico, Cooperativa Sociale Gruppo 78, Associazione Progetto Prijedor and GTV- Gruppo Trentino Volontariato also shared their experiences with the students.

The seminar was organized for the IV-year students of the Institute, that are attending a class on Territorial and Environmental Management. This event has represented a first opportunity not only to exchange considerations, but also to star future collaborations in territorial planning projects.

ATB – LICEO DA VINCI: SERBIA INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

On Thursday February 1, at the auditorium of Liceo Scientifico Da Vinci in Trento the second meeting before the fourth-year students’ departure to Serbia took place. The floor was led by Enrico Milano, professor of International Law at the University of Verona, who introduced the international relations of Serbia, especially with Kosovo and the EU. Professor Milano illustrated a general overview of the dialogue between the capital cities of Serbia and Kosovo, Belgrade and Pristina, with the mediation of the European Union.

After a brief digression about the main international events that involved Serbia, the lecturer highlighted the difficulties in the Serbia-Kosovo relations during the 90s and the consequent armed conflict. In addition, the mechanisms of the UN international legislation were illustrated, from the beginning to its end in 2008, when Kosovo declared its independence. As other Balkan countries, Serbia is following the path towards the European Union. The lack of recognition of Kosovo independence by Belgrade is one of the most important key points in the EU integration process, where Brussels acts as mediator between the two countries.

LA SCELTA – THE PLAY IN TRENTINO

Here are some pictures from the play La Scelta – e tu cosa avresti fatto? (The Choice-What would you have done?) that Marco Cortesi and Mara Moschini performed on 18th January 2018 at the community theatre in Borgo Valsuagana.

The show is part of the project Centenario della Grande Guerra 1914 – 1918 Conoscere, costruire e ricordare la pace: esercitare la cittadinanza attraverso la partecipazione ad eventi di teatro civileFirst World War Centenary 1914-1918 Knowing, building and remebering Peace: practicing citizenship through social theatre event participation. The project is promoted by Associazione Docenti Senza Frontiere, Autonomous Province of Trento Office for Cooperation and International Solidarity, SAT of Trento, Associazione Progetto Prijedor and Asssociazione Trentino con i Balcani Onlus.

Here is the link to the report broadcasted on S.P.A.R.T. di Telepace Trento: 20 SPETTACOLI PER RICORDARE IL CENTENARIO DELLA GRANDE GUERRA.
Trento is ready to host the 91st General Italian Alpine Troops Assembly in May 2018. This meeting is particularly important. In fact, due to its high symbolic level, it has been identified as the reconciliation event. It takes place during the 100° anniversary of the end of the Great War and the annexation of Trento and Trieste to Italy. Besides several commemorative initiatives, there is also the social theatre dimension with La Scelta. The play La Scelta will be performed in 19 theatres in different areas of Trentino and it counts 618 editions in Europe. The stories narrate the tragedy of the former Yugoslavia conflicts that caused bloodshed in the Balkans between 1991 and 1995. The goal of the play is to underline tragedy, poverty, death, and devastation brought by every war.

ATB AND LICEO DA VINCI: DISCOVERING BiH

Two more classes of Liceo Da Vinci in Trento started their path towards the Balkans, more precisely to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they will take the annual school trip. The initiative is promoted by ATB Onlus and takes place from March 20 to 24 throughout Sarajevo, Srebrenica and Mostar. Similarly to the school trip to Serbia, the aim is to bring the participants closer to the history and the cultures of this European area.

The first meeting was scheduled on January 23. After a brief opening speech by the Director Maurizio Camin, the lesson was led by Davide Sighele, journalist and reporter of Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso e Transeuropa. The topic of the training was the dissolution process of Yugoslavia.

Participants discussed about borders, causes and consequences of the 10-year War in the Balkans. Consideration to the Bosnian demographic context was given, highlighting the complex transformation process the country experienced during and after the conflict in the 90s.
The following lessons foresee the analysis of the capital city Sarajevo, Srebrenica during and after the conflict, and the cooperative relationships between Bosnia and Trentino.

ATB AND LICEO DA VINCI: DISCOVERING SERBIA

On December 19 2017, at the auditorium of Liceo Scientifico Da Vinci in Trento the first training for students departing to Serbia took place. The school trip is supported by ATB Onlus throughout Belgrade, Subotica, Novi Sad and Kragujevac from April 10 to 14.

The aim of the training is to bring students closer to Serbian history and culture, which are too often little known. After the opening speech of ATB Director Maurizio Camin, the lesson was led by Davide Sighele, journalist and reporter of Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso e Transeuropa. The main topic of the training was the dissolution process of Yugoslavia. Participants discussed also about the internal and external borders of the former Yugoslav Republics, the geo-political changes brought by the war in the 90s, and the current status of Serbia that, then and today, is crossed by the migrant routes.
More training meetings will follow: external relations of Serbia and the relationship among the cooperation entities from Serbia and Trentino.

BALCANIMAZIONI 2017 – SHARING THE TRAINEESHIP-SCHOOL SYSTEM ACTIVITY

Mezzolombardo (Trento), December 15 2017 – During the Open Day at Martino Martini Institute, a group of students who took part of the Traineeship-School System (Alternanza Scuola-Lavoro) BalcAnimazioni 2017 gave a speech about the activities they carried out in Kosovo.
On Friday December 1 2017, during the Matching Day – Martino Martini School dialogues with the companiessome participants, Arxhenda, Silvia, Gresa e Tiziano, took the opportunity to share their experience abroad with ATB.
To offer a better introduction about to both Kosovo and the camp activities, students participated in a collective quiz on the little-known Kosovan territory. This workshop was successful and several students and teachers joined the group.

Here is the link of the video screened during the workshop.

INTERVIEW TO GRUPPO BOSNIA MORI

Today we want to share the experience of the association Gruppo Bosnia Mori that has been working in Bosnian territory for 20 years.

Gruppo Bosnia Mori was born in 1998 from a request of support from Banja Luka diocese. The diocese of Mori (Trento) decided to help Stara Rijeka, a small town at the internal Bosnian border between the Federation and the Republik of Srpska. This community used to count around 674 people. However, after the conflict in the 90s, today there are only 120 individuals, majority of whom are elder and can only economically rely on their pension (around 40-50 euros per month).

Before the war, their first source of income was the iron mine close to the village area. The majority of the village population was employed as workers. However, the mine facilities are currently inaccessible and closed. For this reason, people from Stara Rijeka only depend on the soil products and the incomes from their migrated relatives, especially to Germany.

To worsen the situation, hardly can they have access to essential goods supplies due to the connections among the surrounding villages.

After analysing the community’s needs, between 1999 and 2000 they organised some trips to bring medicines, wardrobe, blankets and stoves. During Summer 2002 some work camps started, with the participations of volunteers from Mori, who went to Bosnia to help the local families during their daily activities. Hence, some strong friendships were established between Italian and Bosnian people. Thanks also to the support of the local priest, those activities became opportunities of fruitful exchange and meeting.
Over the years, the volunteers of Gruppo Bosnia Mori – Stara Rijeka realised that supplying them with materials and labour was not enough. The community needed to become economically autonomous through their own tools. Currently, thanks to the funds collected during one year, in the absence of a public transport service, the association guarantees a daily private school bus service for village students.

Another project foresees the support of 2 students (accommodation and board) attending high school in Prijedor. The provision of firewood is guaranteed to the entire elderly population. There is also a new challenge to get funds and buy a new threshing machine to allow village inhabitants to become autonomous in the harvest of maize. Gruppo Bosnia Mori is an informal group of volunteers that during their spare time are committed with passion and friendship to support Stara Rijeka community. Here is their Facebook page, where they post events and news from Bosnia. We really thank Vigilio, Cristian and Giorgio for their commitment and kindness in sharing their story.