Demir Mekic


I am an enthusiastic trainer in youth field and Theater of the Oppressed Practitioner and Trainer. For more than 10 years I have been developing my own methodology for working with youth, especially vulnerable youth.
Expert in Forum theatre technique.
I belive that art and education can save the world :)

Demir Mekic has 7 references for past work as a trainer.

Demir Mekic

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Current occupation

Freelance trainer

Work experience

Oct 2019- Jan 2020
Consultant of the annual Youth Rights Talks event
UNDP,Belgrade centre for Human Rights
- coordination of Youth Rights Taks event , as well as preparing the agenda and draft of the event
- inputs in "Zero report on youth rights in the Republic of Serbia"

1 May- 30 Oct 2019
Trainer member of the Joint Pedagogical Team
North South Centre of Council of Europe
- developing and implementing curriculum of the Joint activities within the 20th University on Youth
and Development- UYD (15.09.- 22.09.2019, Mollina, Spain)
- writing report on Joint Activities within the UYD
- developing and implementing curriculum of the Joint activities within the 7th Mediterranean
University on Youth and Global Citizenship -MedUni (09.06. - 16.06.2019)
- writing report on Joint Activities within the MedUni

Apr 2017– Dec 2017
Trainer on applied theatre in LGBTIQ+ topic
;OKO- Organization of Creative Grouping
Trainer on the project "Playing for Equality". Project deals with LBGTIQ+ rights, using theatre as a mean for social change.
Main responsibilities:
- conducting 2 trainings on using theater for dealing with LGBTIQ+ discrimination
- mentoring the youth from 11 different European countries in making theatre performances on the
topic of LGBTIQ+ rights

Apr 2017–Present
Educator/ Theatre of the Oppressed Practitioner
Belgrade Center for Human Rights (Serbia)

The project "Youth for Refugees" aims to sensitize young people from Serbia on refugee crisis.
Educative and creative program was made to educate youth on the topic and to create a theater play
as a result. Process was supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
Main responsibilities:
- education of young people from Sebia on refugee crisis
- running Theatre of the Oppressed workshops with young people
- facilitating interactive presentations of Forum theatre scenes
- contribution to creation of a performance "The Game"

Oct 2017–Present
Trainer/ Educator
Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, Belgrade (Serbia)
Designed and implemented programs for refugee youth coming from Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, aiming to support the integration process of refugees in Serbia. Program for youth is a part of the project "Support to refugees and asylum seekers in Serbia" which is supported by UNHCR.
Main responsibilities:
- designing and implementing educational workshops for young refugees and youth from Serbia on the topic of interculturality, diversity
- creating a theatre play and animated film targeting the problems that refugees are facing in Serbia
-organizing creative workshops and events that aim to support inclusion

Aug 2017–Present
Trainer on gender roles and gender- based violence
Belgrade Center for Human Rights, Belgrade (Serbia)
Trainer on the project "Engaging Young People in the Process of Research and Changing of Gender
Roles and Patterns in Sandzak Region". The primary issue this project seeks to address is fighting
gender inequality and discrimination of women in Sandžak region in Serbia, specifically in Novi Pazar,
Prijepolje and Sjenica.
Main responsibilities:
- designing and implementing "Traffic light- The green light for gender equality" program, conducting 6 trainings on the topic of gender patterns and roles, and gender- based violence
- mentoring young people from three communities in their research of gender roles in their communities.
- co-directing the animated film about gender roles and patterns

Dec 2016- June 2017
Facilitator on the project "Life saving assistance for refugees transiting Serbia"
Organisation: Center Inventiva
Main responsabilities:
devising curricula for working with young refugees in Reception Center Presevo
- conducting educational programs for young refugees
- providing psycho-social support to young refugees and offering tools for managing emotions, conflict
solving and tackling violent situations
- reporting from the field regarding implemented activities and ongoing issues that refugees are

Apr 2015– Dec 2017
Trainer on the project "Serbia and Kosovo- Intercultural Icebreakers
Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
The project aims at renewing old ties and creating new ones among young people, academic and
artistic circles, media outlets and civil society organizations from Belgrade and Pristina, thus
contributing to dialogue, reconciliation and normalization between the two societies.
Main responsabilities:
- designing and running seminars on the topic of prejudices and interculturality
- providing support to the students from Serbia and Kosovo to develop together their art campaigns
such as exhibitions, concerts, etc.
- co-directing of an animated film.

Jan 2008 - Present
Theatre of the Oppressed Practitioner and Trainer
Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
- running Forum theatre workshops at the seminars “School of Human Rights", where participants use
theatrical language to define and show the problem of discrimination in their environment.
- development of the program for seminars "Schools of Human Rights", together with other members
of organisations' team.

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Educational pathway

Faculty of Philosophy,Department of Sociology (Belgrade, Serbia)
Main subjects: Sociological Theories, Design of Social Research (Practicum - Sociology), Sociology of Families, Social Psychology, Socio - cultural Anthropology,Theories of Social
Change, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Youth, Social Pathology, Statistics in Social Research, Social and Spatial Exclusion. Taught to independently create a research framework, conduct research, work with data, and prepare
appropriate written work.
Also, able to approach social issues and problems
related to social classes, family, childhood and any other social issue, from a sociological and critical standpoint. Obtain knowledge about gender issues.

"Neither black nor white"-a program for working with children and young people against prejudice, for tolerance and intercultural relations (CIP- Center for Interactive Pedagogy, Belgrade)
Main subjects: Inclusive education, cultural diversity, prejudices, stereotypes, tolerance.
Acquired the skills of working with vulnerable groups of children and youth from different ethnic

Joker Training- Forum Theatre and Aesthetic of the Oppressed;organization MediaArtes, Ohrid (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)
Obtained skill of facilitating the process of Theatre of the Oppressed.

Seminar "Inclusive Affirmative Actions" ; GIZ- German Agency for International Cooperation, Belgrade (Serbia)
Obtained skill of creating and conducting inclusive social actions in community.

"Applied Theatre in working with vulnerable groups"; ApsArt- Center for Theatre Research, Belgrade (Serbia)
Main subjects: Theory and possibilities of Applied Theatre, Theatre of Images, Improvisation, Theatre of the Oppressed, Process and Facilitation.
Gained skill of organizing and conducting theatre workshops with vulnerable groups. 40 working

Fields of training expertise

  • (beginner) Animation
  • (advanced) Bullying & Harassment
  • (intermediate) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (beginner) Citizenship Education
  • (intermediate) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (intermediate) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (advanced) Creativity & Art
  • (intermediate) Crisis Management
  • (intermediate) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (expert) Drama & Theatre
  • (advanced) Equal Opportunities
  • (intermediate) Event Management
  • (intermediate) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (intermediate) Global Education
  • (advanced) Human Rights
  • (advanced) Intercultural Learning
  • (intermediate) International Youth Work
  • (advanced) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (intermediate) Peace Education
  • (intermediate) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (beginner) Project Management
  • (intermediate) Public Speaking
  • (advanced) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (intermediate) Storytelling & Humour
  • (advanced) Training of Trainers
  • (intermediate) Volunteer Programmes
  • (advanced) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (intermediate) Youth Policy
  • (advanced) Youth Violence & Criminality
  • (advanced) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (advanced) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (intermediate) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (intermediate) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (beginner) Solidarity Fund for Youth Mobility (CoE)
  • (beginner) European Institutions
  • (beginner) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (intermediate) International Youth Structures
  • (intermediate) United Nations

Working with specific target groups

  • (intermediate) Children
  • (beginner) Families
  • (advanced) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (advanced) Intercultural Teams
  • (expert) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (advanced) Men's Issues & Groups
  • (expert) Minorities
  • (advanced) Religious Youth Groups
  • (advanced) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (advanced) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (beginner) Young People with a Mental Disability
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Physical Disability
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Sensory Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (beginner) Africa
  • (beginner) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (intermediate) European Cooperation
  • (beginner) Global Cooperation
  • (intermediate) North-South Co-operation
  • (advanced) South East Europe

Other skills

singing and acting

Language Skills

  • (fluent) Bosnian
  • (fluent) Croatian
  • (good) English
  • (fluent) Serbian

Trainer references

  • Playing for Equality

    Awaiting validation (requested 2020-01-08)
    The training activity took place
    in Vrsac, Serbia
    organised by OKO- Organisation of Creative Grouping
    24.05.2017- 31.05.2017
  • Metamorphosis- Training on Sensory Labyrinth Theatre

    Validated (2022-02-01)
    The training activity took place
    in Belgrade
    organised by UG RAFT
    08.09.2012- 16.09.2012
    Reference person

    Aleksandra Jones

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  • Peer educators training

    Awaiting validation (requested 2019-11-01)
    The training activity took place
    in Banja Koviljaca, Serbia
    organised by CARE International
    01.09.2016- 04.09.2016
  • "Fora Project"- Forum theatre

    Validated (2022-03-04)
    The training activity took place
    in Belgrade
    organised by Center for Cultural Decontamination
    16.04.2018- 20.04.2018
    Reference person

    Dobrila Joksimovic

    (Strategic Manager)
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  • Stand Up Against Discrimination- Youth Exchange

    Awaiting validation (requested 2020-04-03)
    The training activity took place
    in Allerod, copenhagen
    organised by Wave
    08.08.2017- 16.08.2017
  • Serbia and Kosovo- Intercultural Icebreakers

    Validated (2022-03-24)
    The training activity took place
    in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Pristina, Prizren
    organised by Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
    31.03.2015- 04.03.2015;19.04.2016- 28.04.2016; 9.11.2016- 17.11.2016; 06.03.2017-10.03.2017
    Reference person

    Jelena Dzombic

    (Coordinator of the project)
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  • Theatre of the Oppressed in Digital Space

    Awaiting validation (requested 2023-04-15)
    The training activity took place
    in Online
    organised by Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst- Macedonia Program
    16.11.2020.- 22.11.2020.

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