From elite sport, over meetings with different cultures to Excellence Academy.
Excellence Academy is youth project that was founded by Young Ambassador (Young Change Maker) Edin Brankovic, M.Sc., and supported by IOC (International Olympic Committee) and YOG (Youth Olympic Games). The initial project in 2016 was supported by National Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovian and Skating Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina too. Project plan, design, realization, development and maintenance is done with the support of the Skating Club the One. Excellence Academy is ® “KRK The One”
“The model of Excellence Academy is based on sport, culture and education programs through which we proceed Liberal Arts (Greek Paideia) education which is, furthermore, foundation of socioeconomic development. These three fields enable youth to be introduced practically with “tools, skills” (Greek Artes) through which they can recognize and realize values and talents they bear in themselves. This is the essential meaning of the term “Liberal Arts” and what education is supposed to be.”
I JOURNEY OF THE ACADEMY
Our journey have begun before more than ten, almost twenty years ago. As National Team Representative I have been traveling with colleagues from different countries across Europe, North America and Far East. On these journeys we would meet different people who used to say the same: “If you want to share values, you must, firstly, discover your own values” . In these moments, sport have reached essential meaning – sports achievements, its philosophy can be vehicle to share the importance of awareness that culture and education are pillars of the civilization.
II FORM OF THE ACADEMY
When I was selected to be Young Ambassador of International Olympic Committee (2012, 2014) I was invited to submit project for Bosnian youth. Inspired and motivation for the form of the Academy was found in: values of multicultural Bosnian society, values that are inherent in sport and in needs of modern society (dialogue, understanding and Peace). Sport, culture and education programs have been uniquely designed so that youth can recognize innate, personal values and talents. That is the meaning of the Academy’s motto: “Become INSPIRED and MOTIVATED by values of sport, culture and education so that we can, afterwards, DO Something Good for Somebody.”
III THE GOAL OF THE ACADEMY
The Academy, through its lecturers, workshops, social media, advising, celebrating hard work and achievements is continuos reminder to youth to be persistent in their realization of personal values and talents. The Academy is the place where young people are taught tools and where they are being empowered to continue upstream way to the Source as Russian writer, of universal world views, L.N. Tolskoj noted.