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May 2015

SIX WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN – STANIC RIJEKA,
THE MUNICIPALITY OF DOBOJ ISTOK

Within the project "Psychosocial support in BiH" twelve trained volunteers of the Union of Students of the University of Tuzla – Elma Mujcinovic, Edin Mujcinovic, Edin Cerkezovic, Emir Brzovic, Elmira Begic, Almir Halilovic, Eldina Mahmuzic, Alisa Mujanovic, Dajana Nakic, Anita Pejic, Marina Supuković and Asmir Smajlovic – in cooperation with TPO Foundation held six workshops in the elementary school Klokotnica, Stanic Rijeka, the Municipality of Doboj Istok during April 2015. The workshop was attended by 76 school children from 1st to 4th grade. Children had the opportunity to get acquainted with each other through the game, and then through drawing represented themselves and their family. >> MORE

May 2015

VOLUNTEERS OF THE UNION OF STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TUZLA HOLD WORKSHOPS WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN TUZLA CANTON

Volunteers – students of the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation and the Faculty of Philosophy in Tuzla (Volunteers of the Union of Students of the University of Tuzla) – in cooperation with TPO Foundation realizing the Project "Psychosocial support in BiH", are trained through two two-day trainings for volunteer work with children and youth. Educational and creative workshops, which volunteers realize with children and young people in the areas affected by floods and landslides, are held in three meetings with the same group, in order to assess the psychosocial needs of children and youth who have suffered damage after last year's floods, but also provide the necessary support through psychosocial workshops and interactive meetings. >> MORE

April 2015

Workshop for children in Donja Obodnica, Tuzla

Within the project, Psychosocial Support in BiH, volunteers Student Union of the University of Tuzla: Ena Alibegović and Monika Stojak in cooperation with TPO Foundation held the first workshop in Donja Obodnica, Tuzla. The workshop was attended by 17 children of different ages: pre-school, school, and one member of the Higher Education. Parents of children were present at the beginning to get acquainted with the volunteers and the content of the activities. Children had the opportunity to get familiar, and then through a drawing representing himself and his family, after which they talked more about their wishes, dreams and problems faced. Older students and students in their drawings they talked about traumatic experiences they remember with regard to flooding, displacement from their homes and more. These are rare opportunities that children have the opportunity to be with them working outside of regular classes, and enthusiastically accepted to continue the workshop with volunteers.

April 2015

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT- MANUAL FOR YOUTH

In order to encourage young people to actively participate in the public life of the community and improve the quality of life, and to provide support to young people in developing their knowledge, skills and attitudes to be able to adapt to market demands, the research team of TPO Foundation Sarajevo conducted needs analysis for youth during the 2014 in the framework of project called "Initiative for creative dialogue and education". Based on the views and needs of young people in relation to leadership, communication, employment and work, position in society, and other issues of importance to young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, we conducted a manual called "Personal and professional development - manual for youth". This manual is a product of our wishes to contribute to and support the youth to extend their professional development in their acquired knowledge, and develop and strengthen their potential, skills and competencies to become useful and productive members of society. >> PDF

April 2015

TWO-DAY TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS HELD IN TUZLA ON APRIL 11-12, 2015

As part of the project 'Psychosocial support in BiH "TPO Foundation started trainings for volunteers. The first two days of the three planned trainings was held in Tuzla in the period from 11 to 12 of April 2015. Participants were students on the final years of the Medical Faculty of the University of Tuzla. The training was led by Dr. Amra Delic, neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist from Tuzla, an activist in the field of human rights, dialogue and reconciliation. >> MORE

April 2015

TPO FOUNDATION SIGNED A COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITY OF STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TUZLA

Unija TPO Foundation Within the project "Psychosocial Support in Bosnia and Herzegovina", TPO Foundation has signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Unity of Students of the University of Tuzla, which includes work by students with young people and children in Tuzla Canton and beyond. This collaboration aims that students organize educational and entertaining workshops for young people and children through volunteering. Through different types of educational programs and educational workshops, TPO Foundation and the Unity of Students of the University of Tuzla will contribute in solving a number of problems to which the population affected by floods in BiH is exposed.

April 2015

NEW ART WORKSHOP – BANJA LUKA

Association "Zajedno" and Daily Centre of Banja Luka organized a new art workshop, led by the methodologist of art culture Dragana Vukovic. The purpose of this workshop is to explore the therapeutic impact of art on the personality of the participants. The workshop will be held the next three months once a week for two hours. >> MORE

March 2015

PROJECT "A GLOBAL ETHIC IN SCHOOL": THE THIRD TRAINING OF TEACHERS IN CANTON SARAJEVO

After the workshop done in Sarajevo on March 21 and 22, 2015, the training of teachers within the project "A Global Ethic in a School: Integrating a Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina", done with the partnership of The Global Ethic Foundation from Tübingen, had been held again in Sarajevo in Hotel Hollywood on Saturday and Sunday on March 28 and 29, 2015. >> MORE

March 2015

PROMOTION OF COMICS "NIRA" AND WORKSHOP FOR YOUTH
IN MRKONJIĆ GRAD

On 03.24.2015, TPO Foundation has implemented a workshop for young people with the promotion of comics "Nira". In cooperation with the Youth Centre "Centar", the workshop was attended by students of Mechanical Engineering School. Lecturer Melika Šahinović presented the project "Initiative for creative dialogue and education ICDE " and through interactive lecture spoke to the young people on the topic of engaged art and civic activism. >> MORE

March 2015

PRESENTATION OF THE HANDBOOK "LIVING ON THE LANDSLIDE",
TUZLA CANTON – GRADACAC

TPO Foundation and the University of Tuzla contribute, through education and preparation of educational materials within the project "Psychosocial Support in Bosnia and Herzegovina", in solving the problems to which the population affected by floods in BiH is exposed. >> MORE

March 2015

PROJECT "A GLOBAL ETHIC IN SCHOOL": THE SECOND TRAINING OF
TEACHERS IN CANTON SARAJEVO

After the workshops done in Tuzla, Sarajevo and Zenica in 2014, the training of teachers has been continued within the project "A Global Ethic in a School: Integrating a Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina", done with the partnership of The Global Ethic Foundation from Tübingen. >> MORE

March 2015

PROMOTION OF COMICS "NIRA" AND WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN MAGLAJ

Within the ICDE project, TPO Foundation held a workshop for young people in high school "Edhem Mulabdić" in Maglaj on March 20, 2015. Workshop participants were students of the first and second grades of high school. Lecturer Melika Sahinovic through creative way presented the importance of critical thinking to the young people. The focus of the workshop was engaged art on which the participants learned, discussed and shared their views with specific reference to past events resulted by floods. >> MORE

March 2015

PROMOTION OF COMICS "NIRA" AND WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN KAKANJ

Within the ICDE project, TPO Foundation organized workshop for young people in the City Library in Kakanj on March 18, 2015. Workshop participants were students of the first and second grades of high school "Muhsin Rizvic" from Kakanj. Lecturer Monja Suta-Hibert through creative way encouraged young people to think about engaged art and the importance of critical thinking. Special importance is devoted to civic activism and the promotion and protection of human rights. >> MORE

March 2015

A PROMOTIONAL EXHIBITION OF WORKS IN ZVORNIK

The association for support to families, persons and community mental health "Zvonik" from Zvornik held a promotional exhibition of works on March 13 and 14, 2015 in the gallery "Foaje" of the Youth Center Zvornik. Visual art works of members of the association, which emerged in the creative workshops within the occupational therapy, were presented there. >> MORE

March 2015

OPEN CLASSROOM FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH UN WOMEN REPRESENTATIVE IN BIH ANNE-MARIE ESPER LARSEN

Within celebration of International Women's Day, on March 12, 2015 TPO Foundation in cooperation with Museum of Literature and Theatre Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the exhibition "Nicija zemlja" dedicated to the revolutionary writer and poet Vera Obrenovic-Delibasic, implemented an open classroom whose guests were second grade students of IB Middle Years Programme of Second Gymnasium Sarajevo while the lecturer was representative of the Agency of the United Nations for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in BiH, Anne-Marie Esper Larsen. >> MORE

March 2015

OPEN CLASSROOM FOR YOUTH: "VIOLENCE AGAINST GIRLS AND WOMEN - PREVENTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES"

Within five days of the exhibition "Ničija zemlja" dedicated to the poet Vera Obrenović- Delibašić at the Museum of Literature and Theatre Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, TPO Foundation has implemented another open classroom for young people entitled "Violence against girls and women - Prevention and responsibilities". >> MORE

March 2015

Exhibition "NIČIJA ZEMLJA", revolutionary writer and poet VERA OBRENOVIĆ-DELIBAŠIĆ

On March 8, TPO Foundation in cooperation with the Museum of Literature and Theatre Arts of B&H opened an exhibition entitled "No Man's Land" originally called "Ničija zemlja", dedicated to the revolutionary writer and poet Vera Obrenović-Delibašić. This writer and poet left a significant mark on the BiH cultural heritage dealing with the engaged art through literature in the era of World War II when engaged art was considered and recognized as a man's job. >> MORE

March 2015

"Shining Humanity – Life Stories of Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina" – showcased in Cambridge Scholars Publishing March marketing campaign

"Shining Humanity – Life Stories of Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina" (original title: Sjaj ljudskosti: zivotne price mirotvorki u Bosni i Hercegovini) by Zilka Spahic Siljak has been selected to be showcased in Cambridge Scholars Publishing March marketing campaign, as part of celebration of International Women's Day. For more information, you can view press release by clicking here.
This campaign has also been marketed via email sent to over 150,000 Cambridge Scholars subscribers, and it runs until 6th April 2015. You can purchase this book with a 50% discount by entering the promotional code: WOMEN15 during checkout.

Mart 2015

MARCH 8 – NO MAN'S LAND, FIVE-DAY EXHIBITIONI and
OPEN CLASSROOMS FOR YOUTH


TPO foundation marked the International Women's Day in cooperation with the Literary and Theater Art Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina by organizing No Man's Land, a five-day exhibition dedicated to a revolutionary author and poet Vera Obrenović-Delibašić, as well as Open Classrooms, an education program for young people that was held during the exhibition.
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February 2015

UNIVERSAL ETHIC IN PLURAL BIH

Dr. sc. Mato Zovkic wrote an extensive article on two publications issued by the TPO Foundation at the end of October 2014. – a book "A Global Ethic: Documents – Establishment – Applications" and a reference book "A Global Ethic under the School Roof: A Manual for Integrating a Global Ethic into Teaching Processes", whose editor is Alen Kristic.
The editor announces that the program of universal ethic allows theoretical and practical access to materials that could be used by catechists and religion teachers, as well as teachers of ethics, history and sociology in their teaching units and all the teachers and the schools in all aspects of life and work, which is already done in some schools of Germany.
Zovkic states that before the end of 2014 with the responsible ministries of education, science, culture and sport and the pedagogical institutes in Canton Sarajevo, Zenica-Doboj Canton and Tuzla Canton were held three two-day seminars for around hundred high school teachers. It was shown that the teaching staff and the educational structure accepted a global ethic, which provides hope for the systematic integration of a global ethic in these cantons as well as in the whole BiH. And catechists and their students are those who introduce universal ethic in our schools and society.
The book and the reference book are to serve the employees of TPO Foundation in the contextualization of a global ethic in different spheres and all those "who care about the comprehensive humanization of our society". The article can be read here. >> PDF

February 2015

PRESENTATION OF THE HANDBOOK "LIVING ON THE LANDSLIDE", TUZLA CANTON – SREBRENIK

Within the project "Psychosocial Support in Bosnia and Herzegovina", TPO Foundation and the University of Tuzla contribute, through education and preparation of educational materials, in solving the problems to which the population affected by floods in BiH is exposed. One of the segments of the project is the issuance and presentation of the handbook "Living on the Landslide", which tackles the issue of implementation of preventive measures, which are caused by flood in May 2014, and landslide stabilization. The authors of the manual are Ph. D. Rejhana Dervisevic and Ph. D. Zijad Ferhatbegovic. >> MORE

January 2015

THE ASSOCIATION "TUNEL", KLJUC: WEAVING AND DECOUPAGE

One of fifteen associations supported by the project "Psychosocial support in Bosnia and Herzegovina" is the association for protection of mental health "Tunel" from Kljuc. The association "Tunel" is organizing a series of workshops of hand knitting garment, in which a volunteer of the association trains users. The workshop of decoupage techniques (painting items) also started, and there is a great interest of the members and volunteers of the association for this workshop. >> MORE

January 2015

THE ASSOCIATION "SONATA" FROM TREBINJE

Within the project "Psychosocial Support in Bosnia and Herzegovina", which aims to implement programs to empower associations of users of mental health services, TPO Foundation supports the work of staff of the 15 associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. One of the supported associations is "Sonata" from Trebinje organized a number of activities and training last year, which involved users and members of the association. Eighty members of the association help the work of the association by volunteering. >> MORE

December 2014

ACTIVITIES OF THE ASSOCIATION "STELLA" FROM ZENICA

The association "Stella" from Zenica brings users of services in the field of mental health and works on prevention, promotion and protection of mental health in the community. In December 2014, members of the association attended the meeting with professionals of the Center for Mental Health Zenica and director of the Center for Mental Health Merano (Belizzona province, Italy), where they presented the activities of the Centre Zenica and Merano. >> MORE

December 2014

A CULINARY SCHOOL IN THE ASSOCIATION "IN SPE", MOSTAR

Within the project "Psychosocial Support in Bosnia and Herzegovina", which aims to implement programs to empower associations of users of mental health services, the association "In Spe" in December 2014 established cooperation with the Secondary School for Tourism and Catering in Mostar in order to maintain the culinary school for users. >> MORE

December 2014

VISIT OF DR. NORMAN SARTORIUS TO THE ASSOCIATION "ZAJEDNO" BANJA LUKA

The representatives of the project of the mental health in Bosnia-Herzegovina, together with dr. Norman Sartorius, have visited the association "Zajedno" on 20 December, 2014. On that occasion, it was held the event in which they performed the choir "Zajedno" with vocal associate Ivana Santrac. Songs were performed from the repertoire of the choir "Zajedno" as well as two Darko Visic's recitals, who is also the member of the association. >> MORE

December 2014

THE LIGHT OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE PICTURE

She is Nira, a heroine of the homonymous comic book, which was promoted within the 16 Days of Activism by the representatives of TPO Foundation in Sanski Most, Sarajevo, Livno and Bosansko Grahovo.
She is light – Nira. She does not allow injustice and lawlessness. She does not observe them passively, but by her personal examples rather indicates that we must speak and act on sexual harassment and other violations of human rights as they would not occurred. She is courageous and persistent in her objectives and not silent – she is Nira, a heroine of homonymous comic book, which was promoted within the 16 Days of Activism by the representatives of Transcultural Psychosocial Educational Foundation (TPO Foundation) in Sanski Most, Sarajevo, Livno and Bosansko Grahovo. The message and appeal of this year's campaign is STOP THE VIOLENCE.
The text authors are Elma Softic-Kaunitz and Pavle Kaunitz, and comic authors are Filip Andronik and Esmir Prlja. In a very creative way, they put their heroine in various situations, mainly unconformable, in which she responds and acts, while the society does not give her any sanctions. >> PDF

December 2014

PROJECT A GLOBAL ETHIC IN SCHOOL: THE THIRD TRAINING OF TEACHERS OF ZENICA-DOBOJ CANTON

Alen Kristic and Sedzida Hadzic held the third training of teachers and pedagogues of high schools of Zenica-Doboj Canton “A Global Ethic in School” iz Zenica on Saturday and Sunday on December 13 and 14, 2014. The training was done within the project of TPO Foundation, “A Global Ethic in a School: Integrating a Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, done with the partnership of the Global Ethic Foundation from Tübingen. >> MORE

December 2014

TPO FOUNDATION AND NIRA VISITING BOSANSKO GRAHOVO

Within the ICDE project and campaign "16 Days of Activism" in December 12, 2014, TPO Foundation in cooperation with the Association "Žene Grahova" visited the Primary School: "Bosansko Grahovo" and organized a presentation and distribution of comics Nira. Students, teachers and parents were introduced to comics Nira by the text author Elma Softić- Kaunitz and project coordinator Melika Šahinović.

December 2014

PROMOTION OF COMIC BOOK NIRA IN LIVNO

In cooperation with the Association "Li-Woman" from Livno, TPO Foundation, as part of the campain 16 Days of Activism and ICDE project visited Primary School: "Fra Lovro Karaula" in Livno on 11.12.2014. Students of 9th class had a chance to listen to the text author Elma Softić- Kaunitz who presented heroine Nira who teaches us how we should all be responsible and active in our environment. Students had an opportunity to learn about the campain of the 16 Days of Activism and the rights of children which must be protected and promoted. All students received their copy of comics Nira.

December 2014

THE PROMOTION OF THE COMIC BOOK NIRA - JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER, SARAJEVO

On the International Human Rights Day, on December 10, 2014, as part of the project „Initiative for Creative Dialogue and Education“, and on the occasion of 16 Days of Activism, the promotion of the comic book NIRA was held in the Jewish Community Centre in Sarajevo. Ivana Krstanovic, a project assistant of TPO Foundation, presented the comic book NIRA through which the theme of human rights pervades in a creative way, the authors of the stories, Elma Softic-Kaunitz and Pavle Kaunitz, and Jakov Causevic,.. >> MORE

December 2014

BOGEY FEMINTEACHING COMIC BOOK EXHIBITION – FRENCH CULTURAL CENTRE, SARAJEVO

Within 16 days of activism against violence on women, the Bogey Femiteaching Comic book exhibition was organized on the International Day of Human Rights in a French Cultural Centre on December 10, 2014. A project assistant of TPO Foundation, Ivana Krstanovic, the author of the comic books, Jakov Causevic, and one of the members of the group Brkate opened the Exhibition. The promoters have highlighted the importance of proper communication of the gender stereotypes which are deeply rooted in our way of thinking and practice, and which people do not even notice in one way. >> MORE

December 2014

ROUND TABLE TITLED: POTENTIAL RELIGIOUS TEACHING EDUCATION FOR ACTIVISM AND NON-VIOLENCE IN SANSKI MOST

TPO Foundation, after the round tables held in Tuzla and Sarajevo on the topic "The potential of religious teaching education for activism and non-violence", organized the same table in Sanski Most, in December 12, 2014 in cooperation with the Centre for Peace Building CIM, Sanski Most. The lecturers were Director of CIM Vahidin Omanović and Dr. Zilka Spahić- Šiljak who spoke about the types of violence and prevention of family violence. Religious teachers shared their experiences through which they were able to see the different signs of abuse in children by the family. The lecturers talked about the ways to recognize signs of violence and developing relationships with students who are victims of violence. Director of CIM stressed that the civil and legal duty is to report any form of violence and that religious teachers are in particular advantage in facilitating the realization of contact with children who suffer from abuse in the home, and that their role is thus higher in accordance of violence prevention and help children.

December 2014

PREMIERE PROMOTION OF COMIC BOOK NIRA IN SANSKI MOST

In cooperation with the Centre "Fenix" Sanski Most in December 8th, 2014 TPO Foundation in the framework of the project "Initiative for creative dialogue and education IKDE" and within the international campaign "16 Days of Activism" organized premiere promotion of comic book for young people called Nira in Sanski Most. The promotion was moderated by project coordinator Melika Šahinović who spoke about the worldwide campaign to combat violence and protect human rights. The director of Center "Fenix" Adisa Hotić thanked for cooperation and welcomed the students in the Center, while text author of comics Elma Softić- Kaunitz presented the idea of the comic book and characteristics of heroine Nira. Students together with the organizers had the opportunity to speak on the topic of activism in community and the activities against various forms of violence. The event included the allocation of comic books to all present students.

December 2014

PROJECT A GLOBAL ETHIC IN SCHOOL: THE SECOND TRAINING OF TEACHERS OF CANTON SARAJEVO

Within the project of TPO Foundation, “A Global Ethic in a School: Integrating a Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, done with the partnership of The Global Ethic Foundation from Tübingen, a professional team of TPO Foundation Sarajevo – Alen Kristic i Sedzida Hadzic – held the second training of teachers of Canton Sarajevo in Sarajevo on Saturday and Sunday on December 06 and 07, 2014. This training represents a special form of educational theory with the clear pragmatic courses of action in the real life. The training was attended by 21 teachers mainly in the field of social sciences and humanities subjects, an adviser for education of the Educational-Pedagogical Institute of Sarajevo Azemina Bogdanovic, a director of TPO Foundation Zilka Spahic Siljak, project coordinator Monja Suta Hibert, and project assistant of TPO Foundation Ivana Krstanovic. >> MORE

December 2014

WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: "DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: MYTHS AND FACTS"

Within 16 days of activism against violence on women, TPO Foundation organized an interactive workshop for young people "Domestic Violence: Myths and Facts." The workshop was held on the 5th December 2014. at the premises of TPO Foundation. Through this workshop the participants had the opportunity to learn about different forms of violence against women (with a particular focus on young women and girls) as well as different contexts in which violence occurs in the family. During the workshop, the participants also discussed about gender-based discrimination in general as well as on negative consequences of a patriarchal values. In addition to that, the participants also had the opportunity through the audio-visual materials not only to learn about different concepts of gender-based violence but also to reflect on new strategies and interactive concepts in order to encourage young people to take action not only against domestic violence, but violence in general, which is increasingly present in our society.

December 2014

Public Debate (In)visible Violence on Women – University of Tuzla

TPO Foundation and the Volunteer center of the University of Tuzla organized the public debate that took place in the premises of the University on November 05, 2014 as part of the 16 days of activism program
 Professor Jasmina Husanović, professor Edisa Gazetic and psychiatrist and therapist, Amra Delic were the speakers and Dr. Zilka Spahić Šiljak moderated the debate.
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