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Conference: 9th Kosovar and Regional Student Conference about Social Issues, Pristina, 7-8 December 2012‏


9th Kosovar and Regional Student Conference about Social Issues

This letter is an invitation for high school students to participate in the 9th Kosovar and Regional Student Conference about Social Issues. This conference—a continuation of the eight (8) other highly successful Student Conferences on Social issues—gathers youth from around Kosova and the region to discuss important social issues. Ultimately, The Kosovar and Regional Student Conference about Social issues aims to bring students from different ethnicities and regions together in the effort to:

• provide an opportunity for youth to present scientific studies in a professional manner.
• create an environment in which the professional exchange of student ideas can occur.
• create an environment in which youth can engage in discussions and debate about issues important to Kosova and the region.
• generate new ideas and offer potential solutions to social issues.
• encourage youth to be active participants in society.
• build ‘cooperative bridges’ among young people from different municipalities, regions and ethnic groups.
• inform public opinion about issues facing youth and the need to solve these problems.

ASK cordially invites students from high schools all over Kosova, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia to participate in this conference. It is our hope that students from different schools throughout region, regardless of their ethnic, religious, or cultural background, will gather together and create an environment in which participants of the conference can exchange views about issues facing society in the spirit of respect and cooperation.

Yes, I Wish to Participate. What does the Conference look like?
Students will research any social issue they believe is both relevant and pertinent to society. After choosing a topic of research, each student/group of students must then write an original, well-researched and well-argued research paper examining their chosen issue. The final reports will then be submitted and reviewed by a panel of experts. The panel of experts will select the best reports, which will then be presented at the Conference. The selected students will present their in the format of a 15 minute presentation. Following each presentation 15 minutes will be allotted for questions, answers and debate. Throughout each presentation there will be simultaneous translation in all of the languages participating in the conference. At the end of the conference, students who participated in the conference will receive a “Certificate of Excellence”. Those who submitted reports but were not asked to present will receive a “Certificate of Appreciation”.

The Conference will be held in Prishtina at the American School of Kosova. Participants from municipalities other than Prishtina will be accommodated in the ASK dormitories free of charge. ASK will pay both transportation (by bus) and accommodation expenses necessary for the participants.

What I Need to Know

For those interested in participating in this conference, here is a list of the most important information:

-The final date of submission is November 9, 2012. Reports should be original and authentic. Each report must be submitted by email. Please use the following address conference@askosova.org
-A maximum of three people in each group.
-Those selected for presentation at the conference will be notified on November 30, 2012
-The Conference will be a two day event, held on December 7 and 8, 2012, at ASK Amphitheater in Prishtina, Kosova.
-Transportation costs (by bus) and accommodation expenses for those outside Prishtina will be covered by the Conference.
-Studies can be submitted in your native language; however, the official language of the conference is English. We will provide simultaneous translation from the local language into English and vice versa.

Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by using the emails shown below.

conference@askosova.org