Lejla Becar

Lejla Becar

Lejla Becar is an MA candidate in archaeology from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is an activist, working for several international NGOs focusing on human rights particularity freedom of expression. Her other passions include arts, traveling, basketball, cultural heritage conservation and restoration.

We have all faced being judged as well as judging others for being social media addicts. The trend of keeping your eyes on the screen emerged a few years back, and it is here to stay. Since smart phones have become widespread, the controversy about their effect on children and youth has become intense. With adults constantly nagging about the negative effects of the increased use of technology, especially social media, one must wander: are they right? Should children and young people be using social media at all, and is there a positive side of the new lifestyle that has become global since the digital era started?

More than a year ago we wrote about an inspiring youth initiative organized by an advocacy group called Our Children’s Trust to win a case on climate change in the state of Massachusetts, in the USA, and we told you that was not the last time you would hear about this group of young people. They have been in the spotlight during the months since, and here is why.

As a country with very turbulent recent past, Timor Leste is fighting to secure a better future for its young people. Ranking among the youngest nations in the world may sound promising, but Timor Leste’s youth unemployment rate shows that this young nation has a long way to go. So what are the solutions for Timor Leste’s young people, how is their government dealing with the issue of unemployment, and is there any international help for the Millennials and other young people from this Southeast Asian island?

If you use any search engine and type in „youth employment programs“, you will get a ton of articles, calls for applications, and even feedback blogs on certain programs. The idea of creating special strategies for youth employment has been in the spotlight for decades. One can even say that it is a phenomenon that has come to the forefront with the Millennials. In any case, it is undisputable that billions of dollars, or Euros, are being invested each year in these types of program worldwide, so several questions arise: do they really make a difference, which ones are the most successful, and do they truly make possible a long-term solution to the problem of youth unemployment?

Since 2012, an international Prize for Contemporary African Photography (CAP) has been awarded annually to five artists – photographers who either have created their work in Africa or have based their work on the Africa diaspora. The time has come to choose the youth who will be awarded this great international achievement in 2017. The list of 25 artists who have made it to the final cut has been published, and their work has been marked as the beginning of a new African school of photography.

The youngest continent in the world today is Africa, and it could be the home to one billion young people by 2050. However, all countries on the African continent face the rather frightening fact that it is estimated that one third of their youth population will not have the opportunity to finish at least a basic secondary education.

The relationship between museums and their visitors, regardless of their age, has changed drastically in the last 50 years. Whether they were public or private institutions, museums used to serve only the wealthy, members of the elite, and exhibitions and events were planned to address the needs of that part of society. Having experienced museums as places where you can neither touch anything nor explore things that you are interested in, where you need to keep your voice down and follow strict instructions, it is not surprising that most museums have faced or are beginning to face challenges attracting visitors. Certain institutions have solved this problem and some are still struggling, but the progress made in the world of museums is notable.

Gender equality, as a concept, has been around for centuries. The struggle to bring this concept to life has been long and is still unfinished, as in everyday life males and females still fail to see and treat each other as equals. The first steps to achieve gender equality were made during the late 19th and early 20th centuries by allowing women to vote. Now, more than a century later, where do we stand? Is gender equality a reachable goal, and how will Millennials, as the leading force and largest demographic in the world today, tackle this issue?

The world has changed irreversibly since Tim Berners-Lee invented the world-wide web. The Internet has become a basic tool, used by practically everybody. Imagining the world without the online platforms and content that we have today may be possible for the older generation, including the Millennials, but young people born as Generation Z or younger simply cannot envision their lives without the world-wide web. Since children start using the internet as early as age three, concern for their safety as active participants in the digital world was noted decades ago. So how do we reshape the online world in order to make it safe for the youngest users while keeping in mind their desires and needs?

20/4/2017 - 11:53 am

Songwriters vs Digital Giants

Anyone not directly involved in the music industry lives with the belief that songwriters, producers, and artists live the lifestyles of the rich and the famous. Every time you play a song on YouTube or stream you can see the number of views it has and often times you will assume that means big cash in the bank for the artist who created the song. But is it really true? And what does the trial in the USA between the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and digital giants like Apple and Google actually mean? How will it affect the artists and the fans?

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