In partnership with the University of Prishtina, international NGO One World Youth Project (OWYP) launched a student leadership conference for 12 student leaders from the U.S., Guyana, Pakistan, Turkey and Kosovo, held in Boge Village in the beautiful Rugova Valley.
OWYP is an international education non-profit organization that partners with universities and engages university students as global leaders in their local communities. The University of Prishtina has been a partner of OWYP since 2009, working together with the organization to bring global education opportunities to Kosovo’s middle schools and the larger Kosovar community.
University of Prishtina (UP) students Arlinda Vula and Nora Lluka are representing UP at the annual One World Youth Project Summer Training Conference, alongside their project peers from four other countries around the world. The Summer Training Conference is one of many trainings of the OWYP program, which prepare university students to become mentors for students aged 10-14 years, and facilitate a year-long global competence curriculum in local middle schools. The university students connect these middle school classrooms with classrooms abroad for cultural exchange, equipping youth with the tools, like cross-cultural communication, necessary to thrive in the 21st century world.
UP students Arlinda Vula and Nora Lluka were selected for a 3-semester fellowship to serve as project managers of their student team at UP. The goal of the conference is to equip fellows with the skills needed to run the OWYP program on their campuses throughout the upcoming academic year. Through experiential learning activities at the conference, fellows are developing skills in project management, organization, team building, conflict resolution, facilitation, professionalism, decision-making and leadership.
Most importantly, fellows are forming long-lasting bonds transcending cultural lines through facilitated dialogues on diversity, empathy and cross-cultural understanding. These bonds will help fellows manage the one-year program in coordination with their counterparts around the world, learning transferable skills in project management and coordination.
“Cross-border communication, project management, responsibility, accountability, collaboration and organization – all on a global level. These skills are empowering our students with the opportunity to be leaders in our increasingly globalized 21st century,” said OWYP executive director, Jess Rimington. “Kosovo has been an incredible and relevant country to host this conference, as its history has encouraged our fellows’ commitment to build global community and work towards a more just world.”
“We feel excited that this Summer Training Conference is being held in Kosovo. It’s been such a great opportunity for the PMFs to learn about our small country of Kosovo and they all have been curious to learn more about its history, especially the 1999 war, which Arlinda and I tried our best to explain,” said UP student, Nora Lluka. “We hope that this trip will always live long in our memories and that we will always keep in touch.”
The universities represented at the conference are University of Guyana (Georgetown, Guyana), Boston University (Boston, U.S.A.), Georgetown University (Washington, D.C., U.S.A.), National University of Sciences and Technology (Islamabad, Pakistan), University of Prishtina (Prishtina, Kosovo) and Istanbul Bilgi University (Istanbul, Turkey).
Through its partnership with OWYP, the University of Prishtina will continue to demonstrate its leadership as it provides 21st century educational opportunities to Kosovo’s middle schools over the course of the upcoming academic year.
The vision of One World Youth Project is a just world built through the actions of generations of discerning, empathetic and empowered global citizens. OWYP partners with universities and university students to build mutual respect and understanding among youth through a unique structure that trains university students to facilitate a global competence curriculum in local secondary schools.