Dialogue for peace in Norway
an article by Ema Talam, a university student from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Rotary Voices
This summer, I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of 16
participants from the Western Balkans to participate in a program
for university students and young professionals, age 20 through 30,
organized by The Rotary Club of Oslo Vest, Norway, and supported
by other Rotary clubs throughout Norway and the Western Balkans.
Ema Talam addresses Rotary members in Oslo, Norway, during the program on dialogue as a means of promoting peace.
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When I boarded the plane on 15 June, I did not know that this was
going to be one of the most interesting summers of my life. I didn’t
know much about Rotary and I knew only a little about the Young
Friends program I was about to attend. But I can honestly say, after
the seven weeks, I am richer in knowledge, and know more about
human rights and the use of dialogue to build peace.
The first week we spent at Nansen Academy in the small, cozy town
of Lillehammer, Norway. Scholarship recipients from the Western
Balkans met with Peace Scholars from the United States of America.
All of us had an opportunity to interact and learn how dialogue can
be used in conflict and post-conflict areas and how it helps to
bridge ethnic, religious, cultural, national, or any other
dissimilarities between human beings.
The remaining six weeks were spent at the International Summer
School organized by the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway, where
we joined approximately 550 other students at the school. It was
wonderful meeting young people from all over the world. I have
never encountered such diversity. We had many opportunities for
personal growth, in addition to our lesson plans, and chances to see
other important cities in Norway like Fredrikstad and Drøbak.
This opportunity provided by Rotary members in Norway and the
Balkans has given me a great desire to find and join a local Rotaract
club, so I can pursue friendships with people from all around the
[Thank you to Sergio Tripi and the Good
News Agency for informing us about this story.]
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