BIH: The ‘Make it Yours’ Project

Project “MAKE IT YOURS!” that is funded by the European Union in the amount of 238.736 EUR, started on 1 June 2014. The project is inspired by the awareness raising campaigns already implemented by CHwB Albania and CHwB Kosovo, and is developed around CHwB’s values of peace building and reconciliation. The project is entirely aimed at citizens of BiH, who would be encouraged to increase their sense of ownership, but as well would be confronted with standard prejudices and misunderstandings of concepts of heritage. The project would also deal with a particular aspect of education about the historical environment, linking the memory of WWI and the route of the Crown Prince before he was attacked.

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The project aims to use the on-going process of restoration of Isa-bey hammam and engage a large array of stakeholders so as to challenge their views on recognition (or non-recognition) of cultural heritage as our common resource. Further to this, while engaging citizens of different professions, in actions such as plastering, hewing timber, masonry, we shall provide a different insight into what is a monument, contributing to education and a different interpretation, hence different personal relations to a monument.

The project’s objectives:

•    To challenge the prevailing notion of cultural heritage as belonging to a particular ethnic group.

•    To create a common, safe ground and facilitate open dialogue and education regarding cultural heritage.

•    To engage a large array of social groups actively in the process of heritage protection and to explore prevalent attitudes about a common but still recognisably diverse historic environment.

Through this project, CHwB intends to increase ownership (people’s connection) of cultural heritage and provide a framework for dialogue on heritage, culture and identity. Implementation partners in the project are: The Bosniac Institute – Adil Zulfikarpasic Foundation and US Alumni Association in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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