Marginalisation as a process can be seen anywhere in our surroundings. Marginalisation is an outcome of discrimination and it represents exclusion of one person or group from society or other group. In daily life marginalised groups have difficult or disabled access to goods, services and rights which should belong and be available to them. Bringing youth to the margins of society can happen due to many different factors, some of which are social, economical, ethnical, religious, cultural, national or else. Being marginalised is not conditioned with just one or more factors that have affect on the process - to be marginalised means being excluded from all or some segments of social life and rights that are guaranteed in it. Opposite to the marginalisation is inclusion. Inclusion as a process of integration is one of the processes which is really important to carry out in local communities. Inclusive action is important for all groups of young people that are being excluded from today’s society as a result of already mentioned factors.
During my stay in Slovakia, I had the opportunity to talk about this topic with young people from all over Europe. To see what is the state in other countries gave me a new perception of inclusion and the meaning of it. Exchange of experience, practice of action, ways of work and understanding this whole topic is an amazing way for initiating concrete and useful changes at the local level. Representatives of student unions, during OBESSU Summer School: Open door to inclusion!, presented types of marginalisation with whom they meet and which groups of young people need a better inclusion within their organisations and in local communities. Unfortunately examples were numerous. We realised while some of them are often seen, that we don’t even recognise others and are not aware of them. But what is important is that young people around us are aware of them and they are ready and full of will to work on solving problems that afflict them i order to create a better space for themselves, their peers and for those that are yet to become part of a group called youth.
These young people are the best fighters for their rights proves their work and action in their local communities. All unions during summer school were working on creating ideas for projects and activities by which they will work on inclusion. These projects will be lead by youth and together with their peers they will work on improving their status. In this whole process youth is working for youth and this is what is really important for their growth and development. With joint action, hard work and will for solving problems which they encounter, young people are crossing margins that surround them and are creating a healthier environment for living. They are showing how life on margins is possible, but how it would be way better without them.
Written by Adna Sokolović, ASuBiH.