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School Day 24: Mitrovica
Composite image of Serbian [L] and Albanian [R] students taking part in the school link-up

Students on either side of the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica in Kosovo - a Serbian school in the north and an Albanian one in the south - linked up to discover how different their lives are.

Questions the Albanian students were asked by the Serbian students:

Question from Serbian Ivana at Kosovska Mitrovica Gimnazija to Albanian student, Fjolla

What are the most popular books and the greatest music hits?

Fjolla: The music that is listened to by the youth in south Mitrovica is rock music, rap music, all kinds of music. But the most popular for now is rock music. I read love stories and science fiction. My favourite book is Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

Question from Serbian Svetlana at Kosovska Mitrovica Gimnazija to Albanian student, Ardita

Can you tell us how you spend your evenings?

Ardita: In the evenings, mostly, we go to pubs and cafes. We spend our time walking around, making new friends. Those are the things that we do most. Nothing special.

Question from Serbian Maja at Kosovska Mitrovica Gimnazija to Albanian student, Dastid

How do you see the future generation?

Serbia Kosovo map
Dastid: In my opinion, I see the next generation together because this is how it should have been. I think it is better for us to get together. Let the politicians do their job and ourselves, the young people, let's have fun.

The independence of Kosovo, Serbia, ex-Yugoslavia or whatever is not for us to decide.

At least, I do not care. I am young. I want to be friends with you and with all the world because soon I will be an old person and have nothing to remember from my youth.

Questions the Serbian students were asked by the Albanian students:

Question from Albanian Albana at Frang Bardhi High School to Serbian student, Maja

Would you be able to invite us to talk with you?

Maja: Yes, of course, if we had an opportunity to meet up with you here or in your area, we would do it. And we would be glad to see you and to work with you together in a group. And that's all.

Question from Albanian Nevxhet at Frang Bardhi High School to Serbian student, Ivana

What do you think we have in common?

Ivana: I think that we have a lot of things in common.

For example, when we finish school, we also go to coffee bars to have coffees or a juice. We also go to see football games and other races.

I think things are pretty similar.

Question from Albanian Fjolla at Frang Bardhi High School to Serbian student, Ivana

What do you think would have been different if we were together in the same place today?

Ivana: Talking is different when you are talking to someone like I am trying to do now. But we do not have another solution, so... so... we are talking like this. Talking is easier of course when you're able to look at someone.

But any solution is good when you have no choice.


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