Trim Berisha

2022 IVLP Impact Award Project: Lessons of the Past for a Peaceful and Prospering FutureRepublic of Kosovo

Trim Berisha completed his bachelor and master studies at the faculty of economics at the University of Pristina, "Hasan Prishtina:. From 2018 to 2019 Trim was part of the "EU Scheme for Young Professionals in Western Balkans", a program financed by the European Commission and implemented by the British Council. In the framework of this scheme, he attended the program, "Management and Public Policy" at the Sciences PO institute in Paris, France, as well as the "Public Administration Reforms and the European Union" program at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Trim is also certified as an internal auditor and lectures as a trainer at IKAP. Most recently, he attended the Knowledge Co-Creation Program "Capacity Building of Local Government for Development with Community Participation" provided by JICA.
IVLP Impact Award Project: Lessons of the Past for a Peaceful and Prospering Future
The main goal of the project was to teach young people in Kosovo, especially those born after the war, about the devastating consequences of war and aggression. This was an effort to help youth become leaders for development and peace building in their community for a peaceful and prosperous future. The project also gathered best practices of the post-war experience from Kosovo regarding the return of citizens, reconstruction of houses and coping with the losses so it can be used in the post war period in Ukraine.
The first and main activity of the project was the co-production of a joint documentary by Ukrainian and Kosovo journalists, on the war experiences and sufferings of the civilian population and the restoration of life together with the reconciliation process. The documentary had two parts. In the first part it covered the war experience in Kosovo and Ukraine. The second part gave hope and treat the best practices from Kosovo about the return process of refugees in their homes, the restoration of life, reconciliation process and normalization of life. The second activity was implemented with young people, and it dealt with the topic of the war as well, but from another perspective. The journalists who have experienced the war told their personal stories to the young people, in order to make sure they understand it's terrible consequences. The third and last activity dealt with a negative aspect of the war. This included fake news and misinformation used for propaganda, which has negative effects not only for the country that is suffering from aggression, but also for other countries with destabilization potential. It was very important that journalism students recognize and deal with this problem, which will be bigger in the future, taking into account the technological trends and how fast and easy a fake news is spread. The project had an implementing partner BIRN Kosovo and International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The final documentary can be viewed at this link: Lessons Learned During Reconstruction

Trim’s project 136 taught young people in Kosovo about the negative consequences of war. Participants learned how to become leaders for development and peacebuilding in their communities through an educational workshop. A 46-minute documentary called “Lessons During Reconstruction” was also broadcasted to provide an easier publication and dissemination of information. One journalist Trim worked with was impressed with the reconstruction process, the return of the people and the progress made so far. 

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IVLP Exchange Experience 

Trim was a participant in the IVLP Project Youth and Civic Engagement organized by the U.S. Department of State and American Councils or International Education (ACIE).

Trim's exchange experience led to the development of his IVLP Impact Award Project: "IVLP was one of my best experiences so far. Very inspiring and useful."

U.S. Communities Visited Virtually

Birmingham, AL; Washington, DC; Pensacola, FL; Louisville, KY; Boston, MA; Salt Lake City, UT

Country: Kosovo

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