Spending time with students from Sarajevo and students from Halle, for me, it was great experience. First of all, it was so surprising to see how much the students from Halle are interested not just for our common part of history, for the period of the World War II, but also for the current political situation in the countries of the former Yugoslavia, especially in Bosnia.
We had an opportunity to talk, formally and informally, to great people dedicated to different segments of politicial and social background. I have to say that the choice was very well designed, because it involved the professionals in the field of journalism, art, photography, television etc.
I was in a group of students who were charged to make an interview with Boro Kontić, the director of Media Center. Discussing with him was very useful, because through the one ‚casual‘ interview we managed to find out much more about the political structures of developing of journalism, in general sense, but also in specific condititions of the war time. We had an opportunity to find out more about the propaganda idea and systems, from the first hand, and to ask and discuss about the independence of media, about the codex of journalism, and what it takes to talk about the actual problem free, in a country where, (in the specific sense!) war is still progressing between the interest of the three opposed political programs.
I also think that it was very useful to make this kind of learning. It is very important to make step forward in a teaching and learning politics, and to invest in modernization of this type: to be on the field for which research is being linked, to see and talk with local people, and not just learn from the materials, selected by our ministries, which certainly have special interests.
Like a bosnian citizen, and serbian student, I am very glad, because of the making decision to do something like this just in Bosnia, in Sarajevo, not only because of the fact that in the territory of were passed some of the main decisions related to the start of the National Liberation Movement, but also because in the last war, Bosnia suffered the most; because of the multicultural and multinational ethnical gropus that are living there, and that are still struggling to make this way of life transcultural and not just multicultural, Bosnia was the ideal place for meeting different cultures and sights, and to make sure that the differences can only be a good material for progress.