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Nejra Kadić Meškić

  • Judaism
  • Croatia
  • Female
  • Southern Europe
  • KAICIID Fellows

Biography Narrative

Program manager, Center for Cultural Dialogue; Associate, Islamic Community in Croatia

Nejra Kadić Meškić is a program manager at the Center for Cultural Dialogue and an associate at the Islamic Community in Croatia. She finished the School for Economics and Business of the University of Sarajevo and has seven years of experience as a program and campaign leader in the field of human rights, culture of dialogue and youth and gender equality at the political and implementation level.

Kadić Meškić is a trainer on teamwork and leadership in educational programs for youth. She has experience in project management, event management,  public relations and marketing as well as public finances and budgeting – especially related to youth. She is familiar with the issues of human rights in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina as she worked in the NGO sector in both countries.

She is the author and co-author of strategic documents related to the improvement of human rights implementation. In 2013, Kadić Meškić received an award for her contribution in the achievement of gender equality by the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Interreligious Activities and Initiatives

Youth in interreligious dialogue

Religion education is part of formal high school education in Croatia. High school students choose which religion do they want to learn about inside their classroom. The topic od intereligious and intercultural dialogue is not the area that is being processed inside these classes. Students don’t know ehat the IRD and ICD are, and how they should use them, what are the adventages of them, and who they can help in having peace and respectation of human rights. If we want to live in democratic societies which are multicultural and open for diversities, that means that the area of IRD and ICD must be part of the educational structures. Project Youth in interreligious dialogue is the project that aimes to develop and foster the interreligious dialogue among the high school students. During the project initiative, the Curriculum on interreligious dialogue among the youth people will be created. Curriculum will contain the theoretical part on IRD and peacebuilding, and part with detailed exercises that can be done in group of youth in goal of learning and practicing the IRD. The Curriculum will also have the part with materials for teachers and part with working materials for youth that during the workshops can be divided to the youth that participate in educational workshops. The Curriculum will enable the religious teachers and trainers to create the workshops for youth on IRD during which youth will learn who to use and practice IRD. The exercises will be developed using the method learning-by-doing. Printed version of Curriculum will be distributed to the other religious institutions and faith based organizations, as well as NGOs working on integration of refugees inside the croatian society. On this way, this initiative builds the capacities of religious institutions and NGOs in promoting IRD and protecting human rights and freedoms of religion and belief. During the initiative, the 30 young Muslims in Zagreb will be educated on IRD through 3 workhops that will be organized. This will be the first group of youth that will be educated based on materials from the Curriculum. This will be done in cooperation with the Islamic Community in Croatia and its Religious-educational service. The monitoring and evaluation will also be done.