Outreach Presentations Resume for Kosovo High School Students

The Tribunal’s Outreach Programme today launched a fresh round of its popular high school presentation programmes in Kosovo for the 2010 – 2011 school year.

The programme, backed by the Kosovo Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, includes a series of presentations at 15 Gymnasium High Schools during the autumn and winter terms of the academic year as part of the Civic Education syllabus.

The multimedia presentations are designed to introduce Grade 12 students to the work of the Tribunal and its achievements in bringing to justice those most responsible for war crimes committed in the Balkans during the 1990s. The students will also learn about the Tribunal’s contribution to the establishment of facts and post-conflict justice in their region.

In this round of presentations, a representative of the Humanitarian Law Centre in Kosovo will join forces with Outreach and present the relevant information from the Kosovo Memory Book, a database compiled by this nongovernmental organisation, which contains a record of all individual victims of the Kosovo conflict.

High school presentations were previously held during the 2006 – 2007 and 2008 – 2009 school years, when more than 1200 students from over 35 high schools learned about the Tribunal’s work.

The Tribunal is committed to ending impunity and promoting respect for the rule of law which is of paramount importance in building modern societies and advancing those values, especially among the young generations of Kosovars.

As the ICTY moves towards the completion of its mandate, the Outreach Programme is intensifying its efforts to increase the local communities’ access to and understanding of the Tribunal’s vast array of achievements. In doing so, the Outreach Programme seeks to cement the legacy of the Tribunal throughout the region of the former Yugoslavia.

Pioneered and developed by the Tribunal, the Outreach Programme marked its tenth anniversary last year. The Programme is generously supported by the European Commission.

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