About the Project
ISAC Fund, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, is organizing a new open competition for high school students under the name "Find Out What is NATO in Prague and Brussels". Based on the previous success of Meet Europe in Denmark and Meet Europe in Finland, ISAC has decided to expand the direction of such projects and allow students to become acquainted with such an important international institution.
What does the project entail?
The project will allow for a group of ten high school students from all over Serbia to spend two days in Brussels and three days in Prague, receiving a thorough introduction to NATO and the Partnership for Peace program, of which Serbia is part of. While in Brussels, the students will have a chance to visit the NATO Headquarters and various national missions to NATO, where they will receive lectures and presentations on what is NATO and how it functions. In Prague, the students will be visiting various institutions, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence and the Parliament Building where they will have presentations which will provide a detailed examination and the reasons behind the Czech Republic's desire to join NATO, it's rights and responsibilities as a member and the consequences of membership. The students will also have time to see around and visit various cultural establishments of both Prague and Brussels.
The ten selected students will first travel to Brussels from Belgrade on November 23 and then to Prague from Brussels on November 25, returning to Belgrade on November 28.
Why are we implementing this project?
There are three main reasons:
- Serbia is a member of NATO's Partnership for Peace Program and thus the citizens of Serbia are entitled to be correctly informed on what that program is and what is Serbia's role in it;
- As Serbia is surrounded by members of the Alliance, it is crucial to also understand what are the perspectives and policies of our neighbours;
- It is important to allow young people to see, experience and learn about European values and its institutions first-hand.
Serbia became a formal member of the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program in December of 2006. In the meantime, a shift in Serbian foreign policy appeared which led to the reduction of Serbia's involvement in the PfP program. It is thus important, especially when so many of Serbia's neighbours are not only PfP members but also full members of NATO, to continue the debate of whether Serbia should in fact become a full member and why that may, or may not be a positive development.
What are the goals of the project?
There is a Chinese proverb which states: "Tell me and I will forget, show me and I might remember, include me and I will understand."
By implementing this program, we hope to achieve the following:
- Have the young people of Serbia come in direct contact with one of the most important military-political institutions in the world, giving them a comprehensive understanding of what is NATO and how it functions;
- De-mystify NATO and the role it plays in today's world;
- Provide information on how and why a member state, like the Czech Republic, became a member of NATO, what it had to do to become a member and what are the positive and negative consequences of membership.
To apply, please visit the Serbian language page with more details.