Dusica

Dusica is 44 years old. She works as the editor of a children’s TV program at the Cultural Center and is the president of the Etno Rasina Association, which deals with the affirmation and promotion of old crafts such as weaving, embroidery, jewelry, crocheting, and knitting.

Serbia in the future is a country where people with university degrees can afford a comfortable life. “I think that people who have graduated from universities, like my husband and me, should be able to afford a normal life for themselves and their family, to go to a restaurant at least once a week, to see the natural beauties of Serbia at least once per month, to be able to go on holidays in summer and winter, and not to think about finances all the time.”

As the editor of the children’s program, Dusica finds her shelter in working with children and considers them a good side of Serbia. “It is the children who complete me because there is that great energy that comes with them. Many blame the children for not being good, for doing nothing. However, this is not true. The problem is in us, older people, because we don’t give them a chance, we don’t work with them anymore, we don’t give them more opportunities to express themselves and to show what they know and what they have.”

The exodus of young, quality people is a problem for Serbia, Dusica thinks. “A lot of young people leave, and these are the young, quality people. I’m afraid that one day our country will be half empty.”

Dusica, a mother of two, has a job that is not well paid, but she is happy with it because it completes her and gives her the opportunity to preserve Serbia’s tradition through the handcrafts.

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