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December 2017

INVITATION TO HUMAN RIGHTS DAY CELEBRATION

During 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, TPO Foundation directs its programs towards educational activities for young people, teachers and parents.
TPO Foundation invites all citizens to celebrate the Human Rights Day by attending our program during which TPO Foundation is going to promote its publications on peer- and gender-based violence prevention and reduction and hold an exhibition of students' comics from the "PROBUDI, POKRENI, PROMIJENI!" (AWAKEN, MOVE, CHANGE!) competition call. The program begins at 11:00 on December 11, 2017 in the Jewish Community Center (Hamdije Kreševljakovića 59, Sarajevo).
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December 2017

ENTERING THE NEW YEAR WITH MESSAGES OF PEACE,
MUTUAL RESPECT AND POSITIVE ACTIVISM

Continuous and quality education as well as positive activism are important motivators for a democratic and civic society. To live in an advanced and developed society primarily means to be part of a community of responsible, conscientious and educated citizens who contribute to the good of their community through personal investment and responsible work. Reminding ourselves of personal responsibility towards oneself, family, school and our community and investing in perfecting personal competencies leads to a healthy environment which does not support stereotypes, prejudice or violence. For that reason, we believe education and proper upbringing are key to opening all doors that lead to true success. We believe family and school are pillars of our upbringing and maturing in addition to a healthy personality that arises from a safe home and quality education.
Let us respect our parents, guardians, family, teachers and friends with whom we make the initial steps towards a successful future! >> CALENDAR PDF

November 2017

THE INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE THROUGH ART PROJECT
STUDENTS FOURTH MEETING


The fourth module entitled "Stained Glass" was successfully completed as part of the Interreligious Dialogue through Art Project on November 25, 2017 in the Dobrinja Gymnasium. A workshop on this topic was run by the art teacher Anita Smiljanić. Dedicated to the spirit of Catholic art, the month of November ended with this activity. The project has been supported by the Federal Ministry of Science and Education and TPO Foundation as the partner organization of the World Ethos Schools educational program, coordinated by Semir Salihović, a teacher of Islamic religious studies.


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November 2017

THE INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE THROUGH ART PROJECT STUDENTS THIRD MEETING

Students participating in the Interreligious Dialogue through Art Project, which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Science and Education and TPO Foundation, met for the third time in the Dobrinja Gymnasium on November 11, 2017. The meeting was held as part of the third project module on "Interreligious dialogue from the Catholic perspective". The lectures were given by Mr. Siniša Mujabašić, teacher of Catholic religious studies and Mrs. Adna Kahriman, the school pedagogue. After the lectures, students visited the Sarajevo Cathedral together with their expert team and learned about the unique history and architecture of the cathedral.

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November 2017

THE fifTH TRAINING FOR TEACHERS IN CENTRAL BOSNIA CANTON: "Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents"

Within the three-year educational program, CHILDREN ARE OUR MIRROR: Prevention of peer-based and gender-based violence in B&H schools successfully implemented by the TPO Foundation in cooperation with the ministries of education of SC, HNC and CBC, in Bugojno on November 7, 2017. the fifth and last one-day training for 12 teachers was held in order to strengthen the competences of teachers in the area of ​​successful communication and individual cooperation between teachers and parents of the Central Bosnia Canton. The trainers were Šejla Džanan and Snježana Petraš while the teachers and teachers from the primary school "Uskoplje" from Uskoplje and "Prva osnovna škola" from Bugojno attended the training.

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November 2017

GENDER AND LEADERSHIP - WITH STANFORD UNIVERSITY pROFESSOR


Why gender and leadership matter, what affect leadership styles and how we exhibit leadership traits depend on many factors. Professor Melissa Johns from Stanford University carried out a workshop organized by University of Zenica and TPO Foundation for students and teaching staff. Over 40 students participated to the event and were engaged in exercises professor Melissa prepared for them to explain how acting with power might look like. The University representatives professor Darko Petković, professor Malik Čabaravdić and Lamija Subašić hosted the event together with professor Zilka Spahić Šiljak.

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November 2017

THE FOURTH TRAINING FOR TEACHERS IN CENTRAL BOSNIA CANTON: "Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents"

Within the three-year educational program CHILDREN ARE OUR MIRROR: Prevention of peer-based and gender-based violence in B&H schools that the TPO Foundation successfully realized in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of HNC, the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth SC and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports CBC and thirty partner primary schools, in Bugojno on November 2, 2017 the fourth one-day training for 12 teachers was held in order to strengthen the competencies in the area of ​​successful communication and individual cooperation between teachers and parents of the Central Bosnia Canton. The trainers were Snježana Petraš and Šejla Džanan, while teachers from the elementary school "Berta Kučer" from Jajce and "Third elementary school" from Bugojno attended the training.
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October 2017

THE THIRD ONE-DAY TRAINING FOR TEACHERS IN CENTRAL BOSNIA CANTON: "Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents"

In Vitez on October 31, 2017, third one-day training for teachers was held within the three-year educational program CHILDREN ARE OUR MIRROR: Prevention of peer and gender-based violence in B&H schools. TPO Foundation successfully realizes this project in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of the Croatian National Theater, the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth CS and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports CBC. The training was held for 18 teachers in order to strengthen competencies in the area of successful communication and individual cooperation between teachers and parents of the Central Bosnia Canton. Teachers who attended the training came from Primary School "Travnik" in Travnik, Elementary School "Kacuni" from Kacuni and Elementary School "Ivan Goran Kovačić" from Fojnica.
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October 2017

THE FIFTH ONE-DAY TRAINING FOR TEACHERS HELD IN THE HERZEGOVINA-NERETVA CANTON:: "Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents"

In the Student Hotel Mostar, on October 31, 2017, the fifth, and the last training within the program "Children are our mirror: Prevention of peer-based and gender-based violence in B&H schools" called Communication and individual cooperation between teachers and parents was held. The trainers were: Andrea Jevric, Edna Haznadarevic and Mirza Trbonja. At the training, there were 12 registered teachers from three primary schools: "Zalik", "Ivana Gundulica Mostar" and the "Third Primary School Mostar". All invited teachers responded to training. Representative and adviser of the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Herzegovina-Neretva County Emina Jusufbegović joined the training. The aim of the training is to strengthen competencies in the area of ​​successful communication and individual cooperation between teachers and parents as a key way to prevent and reduce peer-based and gender-based violence at school.
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October 2017

UNHEALED TRAUMA

Proceeding "Unhealed trauma" is a result of the conference "Trauma, memory and healing in the Balkans and beyond'' held in Sarajevo, July 2016 and organized by TPO Foundation. Editors are Julianne Funk and Nancy Good, and renowned American psychiatrist Steve Olwean wrote the foreword.
The core of the book is reliance that there is no sustainable peace without trauma healing after surviving violence. Authors are recognized local and international scientists and practitioners in various disciplines. That can be seen from subjects they wrote about. The nature and role of the trauma and chances for peacebuilding – in various contexts, including former Yugoslavia – as well as the different barriers to this process are considered in the book. Special attention is given to Bosnia and Herzegovina since the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the 90's had the hardest impact on this country. Videos with the presentations can be found here.

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October 2017

THE INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE THROUGH ART PROJECT
STUDENTS second MEETING


The second meeting of students from the Interreligious Dialogue through Art Project, supported by the Federal Ministry of Science and Education and TPO Foundation, was held in the Dobrinja Gymnasium on October 28, 2017.
The meeting was held as part of "Arabesques", the second project module, led by the art teacher Anita Smiljanić. The project involves high school students of different religious and national groups and it is being implemented by the educational experts at the Dobrinja Gymnasium. The month of October was dedicated to the spirit of Islamic art and culture and it successfully ended with this activity.

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October 2017

THE SECOND ONE-DAY TRAINING FOR TEACHERS IN CENTRAL BOSNIA CANTON: "Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents"

Within the framework of the three-year educational, program CHILDREN ARE OUR MIRROR: Prevention of peer-based and gender-based violence in B & H schools, TPO Foundation successfully organizes one-day trainings in cooperation with the three ministries of education of FBiH. In Vitez on October 26, 2017, the second one-day training for 12 teachers from primary schools "Nova Bila" and "Travnik" was held with an aim to strengthen competences in the field of successful communication and individual cooperation of teachers and parents of the Central Bosnia Canton. The training was led by Šejla Džanan, a pedagogue from the Third Primary School Jaklić in Bugojno, a social science teacher in the field of school management, and Snježana Petraš, a school pedagogue and psychologist at the Nova Bila Primary School in Nova Bila
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October 2017

THE FIFTH ONE-DAY TRAINING FOR TEACHERS IN SARAJEVO CANTON:
"Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents"

In Sarajevo, october 25. 2017, TPO has organized fifth one-day trainig for teachers in building their capacity in successful communication and individual cooperation with parents. Training was held in Sarajevo primary school "Edhem Mulabdic" and lead by Esmir Salihović, school pedagogue and Berminka Hrelja, specialist in traumatic psychology and system family psychotherapist. During their work, teachers form primary schools "Aleksa Santic" and "Nafija Sarajlic" from Sarajevo had the opportunity to jointly discuss past practices and experiences in working and communicating with parents.

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October 2017

THE FIRST ONE-DAY TRAINING FOR TEACHERS IN CENTRAL BOSNIA CANTON:
"Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents"

In three-years project CHILDREN ARE YOUR MIRROR: Prevention of peer and gender-based violence in B&H schools" first one-day training for teachers in building their capacity in successful communication and individual cooperation of teachers and parents, in Travnik, October 24, 2017. The project is successfully implemented by the TPO Foundation in cooperation with the Ministry of education, culture and sport of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Ministry of education, science and youth of Sarajevo Canton and Ministry of education, science, culture and sport of Central Bosna Canton and thirty partner primary schools. Training was lead by Sejla Dzanan, school pedagogue and Doctor of Social Sciences in the field of School Management and Snjezana Petras, a school pedagogue and a psychologist.
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October 2017

THE FOURTH ONE-DAY TRAINING FOR TEACHERS IN SARAJEVO CANTON:
"Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents"

In Sarajevo, October 23. 2017, TPO has organized fourth one-day trainig for teachers in building their capacity in successful communication and individual cooperation with parents. Training was held in Sarajevo primary school "Edhem Mulabdic" and lead by Esmir Salihović, school pedagogue and Berminka Hrelja, specialist in traumatic psychology and system family psychotherapist. These activities are being realized within three-years project CHILDREN ARE YOUR MIRROR: Prevention of peer and gender-based violence in B&H schools in cooperation with the Ministrys of education, culture and sport of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Sarajevo Canton and Central Bosnia Canton.
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October 2017

THE FOURTH ONE-DAY TRAINING FOR TEACHERS HELD IN THE HERZEGOVINA-NERETVA CANTON: "Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents"

In Mostar, october 19. 2017, TPO has organized fourth one-day trainig for teachers in building their capacity in successful communication and individual cooperation with parents. The moderators were Edna Haznadarevic, a co-worker at the Mostar School of Education, Andrea Jevric, a pedagogue from "Ilija Jakovljevic" Primary School, and Mirza Trbonja, pedagogue from the "Fourth Elementary School". The participants of the training were teachers from elementary schools "Zalik" (Mostar), "Third Elementary School Mostar" (Mostar) and "Mustafa Ejubović - Šejh Jujo" (Mostar). The goal of one-day training is to strengthen teachers in working with parents and to build quality and successful co-operation between schools and parents in order to prevent peer and gender-based violence in B&H schools.

October 2017

CALL FOR A COMIC BOOK COMPETITION:
ACTIVISM AND YOUTH - AWAKEN, INITIATE, CHANGE!


TPO Foundation Sarajevo within its Project "Initiative for Creative Dialogue" (ICDE), launches the call for competition and invites all interested students from 12 to 22 years old from BH schools under the mentorship of their teachers to contest for the best COMIC BOOK on the topic:
AWAKEN, INITIATE, CHANGE!

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October 2017

THE THIRD ONE-DAY TRAINING FOR TEACHERS IN SARAJEVO CANTON: "Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents"

In Sarajevo, October 18. 2017, TPO has organized second one-day trainig for teachers in building their capacity in successful communication and individual cooperation with parents. Training was held in Sarajevo primary school "Edhem Mulabdic" and lead by Esmir Salihović, school pedagogue and Berminka Hrelja, specialist in traumatic psychology and system family psychotherapist. During the training, teachers had the opportunity to jointly discuss past practices and experiences in working and communicating with parents. These activities are being realized within three-years project CHILDREN ARE YOUR MIRROR: Prevention of peer and gender-based violence in B&H schools.
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October 2017

THE THIRD ONE-DAY TRAINING FOR TEACHERS IN THE HERZEGOVINA-NERETVA CANTON : "Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents"

In Mostar, october 18. 2017, TPO has organized third one-day trainig for teachers in building their capacity in successful communication and individual cooperation with parents. The moderators were Edna Haznadarevic, a co-worker at the Mostar School of Education, Andrea Jevric, a pedagogue from "Ilija Jakovljevic" Primary School, and Mirza Trbonja, pedagogue from the "Fourth Elementary School". The participants of the training were teachers from elementary schools "Antun Branko Simic" (Mostar) and "Gnojnice" (Gnojnice). The goal of one-day training is to strengthen teachers in working with parents and to build quality and successful co-operation between schools and parents in order to prevent peer and gender-based violence in B&H schools.

October 2017

THE SECOND ONE-DAY TRAINING FOR TEACHERS IN THE HERZEGOVINA-NERETVA CANTON : "Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents"

After the first training for teachers entitled "Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents" in Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, second one-day training for teachers of elementary schools was organized in Mostar. The training was held on 17 of October 2017 whose moderators were Edna Haznadarevic, a co-worker at the Mostar School of Education, Andrea Jevric, a pedagogue from "Ilija Jakovljevic" Primary School, and Mirza Trbonja, pedagogue from the "Fourth Elementary School". The participants of the training were teachers from elementary schools "Ilija Jakovljević" (Mostar), "Blagaj" (Blagaj) and "Ilici" (Ilici). The goal of one-day training is to strengthen teachers in working with parents and to build quality and successful co-operation between schools and parents in order to prevent peer and gender-based violence in B&H schools.
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October 2017

THE SECOND ONE-DAY TRAINING FOR TEACHERS IN SARAJEVO CANTON: "Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents"

In Sarajevo, October 16. 2017, TPO has organized second one-day trainig for teachers in building their capacity in successful communication and individual cooperation with parents. Training was held in Sarajevo primary school "Edhem Mulabdic" and lead by Esmir Salihović, school pedagogue and Berminka Hrelja, specialist in traumatic psychology and system family psychotherapist. During the training, teachers had the opportunity to jointly discuss past practices and experiences in working and communicating with parents. These activities are being realized within three-years project CHILDREN ARE YOUR MIRROR: Prevention of peer and gender-based violence in B&H schools.
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October 2017

THE INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE THROUGH ART PROJECT
STUDENTS FIRST MEETING

Semir Salihović, a teacher of Islamic religious studies at the Dobrinja Gymnasium and long-term ETOS Initiative cooperator, has started a project entitled Interreligious Dialogue through Art. The project was initially supported by the Federal Ministry of Science and Education and TPO Foundation which – for the past two years – has been supporting and empowering the work of BH elementary schools and high schools which are part of the World Ethos schools. After completing the first module on "Interreligious dialogue from the Islamic perspective" on October 14, 2017, the participants visited the biggest Sarajevo mosque, the Istiqlal Mosque, where the long-term imam and Sarajevo Mufti's assistant Abdulgafar Velić, PhD, spoke to them in detail about the history and architecture of this mosque. The target group is going to do six additional modules and visit different religious objects.
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October 2017

FIRST ONE-DAY TRAINING FOR TEACHERS HELD IN THE
HERZEGOVINA-NERETVA CANTON: "Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents"

After the first training for teachers entitled "Communication and Individual Cooperation of Teachers and Parents" in Sarajevo, one-day training for teachers of elementary schools was organized in Mostar within the three-year program called CHILDREN ARE OUR MIRROR IMAGE: Prevention of peer and gender-based violence in BiH schools. The training was held on 12th of October 2017 in Mostar, whose moderators were Edna Haznadarević, a co-worker at the Mostar School of Education, Andrea Jevrić, a pedagogue from Ilija Jakovljević Primary School, and Mirza Trbonja, pedagogue from the Fourth Elementary School. The participants of the training were teachers from elementary schools Ilija Jakovljević and Fourth elementary school from Mostar and teachers from elementary school Ilići from Ilići. The goal of one-day training is to strengthen teachers in working with parents and to build quality and successful co-operation between schools and parents. The three-year project "Children is our mirror image" through a series of activities aims at empowering pedagogues and teachers in working with students. It attaches special importance to activities related to strengthening the competences of teachers and pedagogues working with parents, with the aim of building trust and establishing successful and efficient co-operation between parents and teachers.
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October 2017

FIRST ONE-DAY TRAINING FOR TEACHERS HELD IN SARAJEVO CANTON
"Teacher-parent communication and individual cooperation"

The first one-day training for teachers on strengthening competences in achieving successful teacher-parent communication and individual cooperation was held on October 11, 2017 in Sarajevo as part of the framework of a three-year educational program CHILDREN ARE YOUR MIRROR IMAGE: Prevention of peer and gender-based violence in BH schools which is being successfully implemented by TPO Foundation in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of the Herzegovina-Neretva and Central Bosnia Canton, the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of the Sarajevo Canton as well as thirty partner elementary schools. The training was provided in the Edhem Mulabdić Elementary and led by Esmir Salihović, the school pedagogue and author, and Berminka Hrelja, a trauma psychology expert and systemic family psychotherapist.
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October 2017

CREATIVEWORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS CALLED "ACTIVISM AND YOUNG"
IN PRIMARY SCHOOL "VAREŠ" IN VAREŠ

The importance of questioning the roles and responsibilities in the community we live in, as well as the importance of civic awareness and activism, were the issues in Primary school "Vareš" in Vareš, at a creative educational workshop called "Activism and Youth" which was organized within the project "Initiative for Creative Dialogue and Education – ICDE". On October 10, 2017, TPO Foundation held another one of many workshops for students of primary and secondary BH schools with an aim of raising awareness, learning and thinking about civic duties and roles that we have in the family, school and society we live in. Participants of the workshop were students of the final grades of this elementary school. Students discussed and offered solutions to the problem of violence after they watched scenes showing several forms of peer and gender-based violence that were played by young actors Ivana Vojinović and Adis Omerović.
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September 2017

BASELINE STUDY: PEER AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN BIH


Within the framework of the project "Peer and Gender-Based Violence at School", a Baseline Study: "Peer and Gender-Based Violence in Primary Schools in BiH", was conducted in 30 primary schools in Sarajevo, Herzegovina-Neretva and the Central Bosnia cantons. The Baseline Study was conducted by TPO Foundation team based on the questionnaire, in which Dr. Amra Delić, neuropsychiatric specialist, mr. Sc. Alma Jeftić and mr. Sc. Melika Šahinović participated. The Baseline Study is an analysis of various forms of violence and its transformation in and out of school, school rules and practice against violence, as well as an analysis of preventive measures used to combat peer violence.
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September 2017

CREATIVE WORKSHOP "ACTIVISM AND YOUTH"

HELD IN PRIMARY SCHOOL "SREDNJE" IN SREDNJE

As part of the project "Initiative for Creative Dialogue and Education - ICDE", on September 29 2017, TPO Foundation organized a creative educational workshop for young people called "Activism and Youth" at the elementary school "Srednje" in Srednje. Workshop participants were ninth grade students who had an opportunity to learn and question about civic activism, human rights as well as peer and gender-based violence through discussion with the workshop moderator. The aim of the workshop is to encourage young people to think about responsibilities and obligations towards themselves and the society they live in, and to learn about the importance of civic activism too. Thirty students of the final grade of this school had the opportunity to watch the stage performances of young actors on various forms of violence and to talk about the prevention and reduction of all forms of violence within and outside the school.
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September 2017

ACTIVISM AND YOUTH: RAILWAY SCHOOL CENTER

Why is it important to talk about civic activism and our responsibilities in family, school and society? How well do we know ourselves, our weaknesses and virtues, and how to develop our personal and professional competencies? On September 19, 2017, these and other issues were discussed with first grade students of the "Railway School Center", secondary school in Sarajevo. The TPO Foundation, within the "ICDE" project, realized another creative, educational workshop "Activism and Youth" and thus began new acquaintances and socializing with young people in new school year. Alongside the young actors who presented various types of violence with their performance, young people had an opportunity to discuss ways of preventing and reducing violence in their community.
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August 2017

FER DISCOURSES: FEMINISM, RELIGION, PERSPECTIVE

WHAT IS FER Discourses?
Do we have the courage to contest our own beliefs, worldviews and practices? Do we have the strength to stand up against structural violence directed by secular, as well as religious patriarchal institutions? Are we ready to hear out different viewpoints and to allow different opinions to be heard – even if we do not agree with them? Are we prepared to respect human beings' freedom and one's individual rights to choose to believe or not to believe, to question, to doubt, and to search for answers? Can one be a feminist and a believer? If the answer to all these questions is negative, then you are necessarily in need of FER discourses therapy which, through intersection of feminism and religion, offers you new prospects of understanding your own self and the world that surround us.

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July 2017

FOURTH MODULE OF TRAININGS FOR
TRAINERS OF ''GLOBAL ETHIC IN SCHOOL''

TPO Foundation successfully organized fourth training for trainers of "Global Ethic in School'' on Vlašić from July 14-17, 2017. Different from former meetings realized through classes and theoretical introduction in the concept of global ethic related to different questions of gender equality, social justice, human rights, peace education, dialogue of religions and ecology, attendants of this educational program had experimental workshops and practical work finished this intensive training. In past months this raining included over twenty academic lectures of different B&H professors, significant meetings and activities with activists as well as hours of effort and dedication to this subject. In this way, ten attendants got certificates in global ethic to future work with new teachers and schools in other cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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July 2017

NEW Publication: WHEN FEMINISM AND RELIGION ENCOUNTER

Proceedings When feminism and religion encounter is a result of several cycle of seminars held in different cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the topic of Gender Equality Ethos. Within the support of the Ecumenical Women's Initiative from Omiš these seminars were organized in partnership with IMIC Together Sarajevo, Sarajevo TPO Foundation and Youth Forum from Mostar.
The seminars were conducted by Zilka Spahić Šiljak, PhD, Drago Bojić, PhD and Božana Katava, MA. The goal was to deconstruct religious narratives of human anthropology and to point out a possible reduction of stereotypical perceptions of the role of women and men in family and society, and to show that sacred texts provide a framework for egalitarian readings of gender relations. The participants were teachers, students and activists from Tuzla, Sarajevo and Mostar who spoke out through their short essays about meeting and confronting feminist and religious arguments on human anthropology.
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June 2017

PEDAGOGUES FOR THEIR COLLECTVIE: MANAGING STRESS
Second set of trainings in Central Bosnia Canton

In three-years project ''Prevention and reduction of peer and gender based violence in school'' supported by Ministry of education, science, culture and sport, more than 80 teachers of primary schools in Kaćuni, Bugojno, Jajce, Novi Travnik and Travnik had the opportunity to participate in one day workshops in managing stress at work. Workshop leaders were local school pedagogues that got basic knowledges and skills in managing stress thanks to program activities of TPO Foundation.

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June 2017

FIRST ANIMATION ON ISLAM AND GENDER EQUALITY


The Balkans Center for Middle East designed the animation on Islam and gender equality. Dr. Zilka Spahić Šiljak wrote wrote the script for animation and she is also the author of two books: Women, Religion and Politics (2010) and Contesting Female Feminist and Muslim Identities. Post-socialist Contexts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (2012)

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June 2017

PEDAGOGUES FOR THEIR COLLECTIVE: MANAGING STRESS
First set of trainings in Central Bosnia Canton


More than 120 primary school teachers from Busovača, Fojnica, Stara Bila, Nova Bila and Gornji Vakuf-Uskoplje successfully brought to an end school year 2016/17 with a positive attitude, relaxation, chat and assertive communication. Workshops ''Managing stress'' were moderated by school pedagogues that got the basic knowledge and skills in preventing stress at work.




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June 2017

ACTIVISM AND YOUTH IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN CENTRAL BOSNIA CANTON
TPO IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN BUSOVAČA, FOJNICA AND JAJCE

How youth questions their own responsibilities and those of their community with the aim to improve democratic civil society we live in? Why is critical thinking important, as well as activism and voluntarism, and what those teach us? Those were some of questions youth of Central Bosnia Canton questioned with TPO Foundation. From May 16 to June 13 TPO Foundation made visits and realized educative workshops in primary schools "Busovača" in Busovača, "Ivan Goran Kovačić" in Fojnica and "Berta Kučera" in Jajce. This was an opportunity for students of final grades to share opinions and experiences about various forms of violence, as well as mechanisms of prevention and protection from violence. The goal of those creative workshops was to encourage young people to question, study and work, but also to intercede for their own initiatives which are caring positive changes in society.
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June 2017

CLOSED COMPETITION FOR BEST VIDEO ON ACTIVISM AND YOUTH:
AWAKE, INITIATE, CHANGE

Eldar Buzadžić, author of movie "Doesn't anybody listen to me?" with mentoring of professor Seada Hodžić from Primary school "Hasan Kikić" in Gračanica, won award for best video "Activism and youth: Awake, Initiate, Change!"
In a past month, competition for best video named "Activism and youth: Awake, Initiate, Change!" has been open. The competition was for all students of B&H schools aged 12 to 17. On June 12, 2017, TPO Foundation organized program for best participants and this year we had the opportunity to welcome students of primary and secondary schools and their teachers from various cities: Gračanica, Tuzla, Mostar, Zenica and Sarajevo. Eldar Buzadžić, author of movie "Doesn't anybody listen to me?" with mentoring of professor Seada Hodžić from Primary school "Hasan Kikić" in Gračanica, won award for best video "Activism and youth: Awake, Initiate, Change!". Second is Ajna Koluh from Second Gymnasium Zenica with video "In a world of phenomena" mentored by professor Samir Aganović. Third place belonged to students Dervišević Adnan, Aldin Ćimić and Emina Peljto mentored by teacher Alzira Maljić from Primary School Aleksa Šantić in Sarajevo with movie "We are stronger together"
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June 2017

NEW RESEARCH IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

PUBLICATION: Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe: Challenges and Opportunities
(Recent history and potential future of civil society in 16 countries)

More than two decades have passed since nonprofit and third-sector researchers "discovered" Central and Eastern Europe as an area of scholarly interest. After the collapse of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe and the fall of the Iron Curtain, scholars noted the emergence of new civil society actors and were curious to understand the role these actors would play in their societies. Since that time, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has experienced intensive periods of transformation, conflict and renewal. This study is guided by the intention to develop a better understanding of the current state of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe, the diverse pathways of its development, and its possible future trajectories.
More information on:
http://www.erstestiftung.org/publication/civil-society-in-cee/

May 2017

PEDAGOGUES FOR THEIR COLLECTIVE: MANAGING STRESS
Second set of trainings
in HNK Mostar

The end of the school year, obligations and additional activities of teachers are improving the presence of stress. That is extra reason to choose that particular time to associate with teachers and help them managing negative energy and introducing them with different methods and techniques of adequate opposing different stressors. With an enthusiastic group of five pedagogues from primary schools in Mostar trainings for schools "Managing stress" continued as part of three years project of TPO Foundation and Ministry of education, science, culture and sport. Pedagogues-lecturers made four hour trainings in schools:  "Gnojnice", "IV osnovna škola", "Ilije Jakovljevića", "Treća osnovna škola" and "Ivana Gundulića". By working in pairs, each pedagogue had the opportunity to associate with 30 teachers and exchange experiences and make comparisons of schools about stress situations and challenges they meet in everyday work. The goal of the training was to contribute more serious understanding of the causes and consequences of stress and to give new techniques in overcoming stress situations and release from inner unrest.
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May 2017

PEDAGOGUES FOR THEIR COLLECTIVE: MANAGING STRESS
First set of trainings
in HNK Mostar

More than 70 primary school teachers in Mostar have spent four hours "Managing stress" trainings – through lugh, exercises, opinion exchange and teaching. The goal was introducing one of the biggest enemies of the healthy personality: stress. Extraordinary talks and activities of teachers in school moderated by pedagogues gave additional positive energy and relaxing to the  working environment. From May 16-21 first set of trainings was held in five primary schools in Mostar: "Zalik", "Blagaj", "Ilići", "Antuna Branka Šimića u Mostaru" i "Mustafa Ejubović – Šejh Jujo". School pedagogues were also training teachers, and they got the skills and knowledge in recent three days training of the same name. That training was organized by TPO Foundation and Ministry of education, science, culture and sport of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton as part of three years project "Peer and gender based violence in school". The goal of the training was to give new techniques and better understanding of term stress and its impact on personality, correct understanding of stress situations and circumstances and getting to know methods of stress reduction in everyday life. Empowering pedagogues in this field gave them the opportunity to help school collective in overcoming stress situations and adequate opposing different stressors.
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May 2017

CONFERENCE "0% OF TOLERANCE FOR VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS" - MOSTAR

Ministry of education, science, culture and sport of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton with support of TPO Foundation from Sarajevo, Youth Power from Mostar, Association Center for development of youth activism CROA from Sarajevo, Center for psychological support "Sensus" from Mostar, Center for Human rights in Mostar, Association Altruist from Mostar, Association Genesis Project from Banja Luka, Center for social research "Global Analitica" from Sarajevo, and Pedagogical institute and Institute for schooling of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton organized conference on program of preventing violence and juvenile delinquency named "0% of tolerance for violence in schools". A conference was held on May, 25, 2017 at the Center for culture Mostar. In addition to many partners, teachers, pedagogues and students Ph.d. Rašid Hadžović, minister of education, science, culture and sport of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton also participated.
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May 2017

THE SECOND GLOBAL ETHIC WORKSHOP FOR
PIRMARY SCHOOLS OF ZENICA-DOBOJ CANTON

Second workshop "Global Ethic in school'' for Zenica-Doboj Canton was held in May 13 and 14, 2017 in Zenica. It is part of the project "A Global Ethic in a School: Integrating a Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina''. A TPO team from Sarajevo – Alen Krstić and Monja Šuta-Hilbert – together with guest ph.d. Nezir Halilović presented project of global ethic, methodology and importance of its integration in B&H educational system. It was also the last workshop of global ethic for primary school teachers in 2017/2018 school year and conclusion of this very important educational cycle which by now included all primary and secondary schools from Sarajevo Canton, Tuzla Canton, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton and Zenica-Doboj Canton.
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May 2017

THE FIRST GLOBAL ETHIC WORKSHOP FOR
PIRMARY SCHOOLS OF ZENICA-DOBOJ CANTON


First seminar ''Global Ethic at School''
within the project ''Global Ethic at School: Integration of Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina'' was held on May 6. and 7. 2017 in Zenica (hotel ''Zenica'') for Zenica-Doboj Canton. The TPO Foundation team from Sarajevo-Alen Kristić and Monja Šuta-Hibert presented the project of global ethic to the teachers and its importance in promotion and living of universal values.


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May 2017

CALL FOR A VIDEO COMPETITION:
ACTIVISM AND YOUTH - AWAKEN, INITIATE, CHANGE!

TPO Foundation Sarajevo within its Project "Initiative for Creative Dialogue" (ICDE), launches the call for competition and invites all interested students from 12 to 17 years old from BH schools under the mentorship of their teachers to contest for the best video on the topic:
Activism and Youth: AWAKEN, INITIATE, CHANGE!
Use your creativity, think of your society, get the story and send the message that changes the world!


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April, 2017

ANTI-STRES TRAINING OF TRAINERS IN VITEZ

In the period from 25.04. to  27.04.2017. and according to the support of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Central Bosnia Canton, TPO Foundation organized in Vitez a three-day anti-stress training of trainers program for pedagogues and psychologists from the area of ​​the mentioned canton. As in previous partner cities and schools, this training was held in order to create long-term resources and to educate professional school staff in order to strength them to provide psycho-social support to primary and secondary school teachers.  Main goal was to enable school staff to find adequate protection mechanisms and a proper response to everyday stress situations in their pedagogical work.
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April, 2017

THE THIRD GLOBAL ETHIC WORKSHOP FOR
PRIMARY SCHOOLS OF HERZEGOVINA-NERETVA CANTON

After the successful realization of two global ethic workshops for primary schools teachers in Herzegovina – Neretva Canton, TPO Foundation has organized on April 22 - 23 2017, the last global ethic workshop for the 2016/2017 school year. This workshop was a great meeting place for fifteen teachers from eleven different primary schools from Rama, Konjic, Mostar, Jablanica and Gnojnce. On this occasion, the gathered Bosnian and Croatian languages teachers, Islamic and Catholic religions teachers, German language and the history teachers as well as the pedagogues trough synergistic work and thanks to the active mentorship of TPO lectures, jointly studied different areas and aspects of the global ethic concept in educational but also local and global social context.
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April, 2017

FIFTH CREATIVE WORKSHOP YOUTH AND ACTIVISM

A sincere friendship and willingness to help people in need, volunteerism, and our personal traits, self-esteem and self-strengthening, those were the topics we talked about with students of ninth grade of Primary School Zaim Kolar in Dejcici, when TPO Foundation implemented another creative workshop Activism and young on April 14, 2017 within the project ICDE. We were interested in how young people interpret volunteering and everything that volunteering provides, as well as other means of personal empowerment and development of our personality. Young people shared their experiences and reflections but they also had the opportunity to learn about the importance of knowing themselves and their attributes.
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April, 2017

FOURTH CREATIVE WORKSHOP YOUTH AND ACTIVISM

Why is it important to question our roles and responsibilities in the community in which we live and why especially young people need to be civically conscious and active, but also to notice the problems and to initiate positive change in society? On April 12th, TPO team met with young people finishing ninth grades in Elementary school Zahid Barucija in Vogosca to discuss about civic activism and engaged art that represents expression through art and points out the problems of society in order to encourage positive change. With the publication for teenagers, students had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the character of Nira and learn how we should resist passive, inert and uniform society and should not allow violent behavior and violation of human rights.
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April, 2017

THIRD CREATIVE WORKSHOP YOUTH AND ACTIVISM

Strengthening competences in young people through critical thinking, non-violence and civic activism, this was the goal of another creative workshop called Activism and youth (ICDE), organized by TPO Foundation on April 10, in the Gymnasium Dobrinja with students of first to fourth grade. At the workshop, we questioned our responsibilities and roles in society and how engaged art affects the community and its positive changes. We also talked about the different forms of bullying, but also about civic activism as an adequate method of confrontation and violence prevention. With the publication of comics Nira, Nira's challenges and Everything We (do not) want to know, we learned about courage and initiative for change in society. >> MORE

March 2017

SECOND CREATIVE WORKSHOP ACTIVISM AND YOUTH FOR YOUTH
IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS


The importance to talk about various forms of violence, causes and effects, how to adequately resist it, but also about civic activism as a responsibility of each person in the community in which he/she lives, was shown by great interest of students in the ninth grade elementary school "May 9" in Pazaric in the topic for which they had an opportunity to talk about two hours on the second creative workshop called Activism and youth which was implemented by the TPO Foundation in the framework of the ICDE on March 30, 2017.

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March 2017

FIRST CREATIVE WORKSHOP ACTIVISM AND YOUTH FOR YOUTH
IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS

What is engaged art and how people draw attention to the problems of society through the arts in order to encourage positive change? How to become an active citizen in the community and how to contribute to the development of a healthy environment in which we live? How good friends we are and how much we are ready to help people in need? What is volunteering and why it is important for the healthy development of our personality? These and other issues were discussed by TPO Foundation and students of VIII and IX grade of Ninth elementary school in Rakovica on creative workshop "Activism and Youth" on March 27, 2017, which TPO Foundation implemented in cooperation with the young actors of the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, Ivana Vojinovic and Adis Omerovic.
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March 2017

 THE FOURTH GLOBAL ETHIC WORKSHOP FOR
PIRMARY SCHOOLS OF SARAJEVO CANTON

Thanks to the support of Pedagogical Institute in Sarajevo Canton as well as the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth Sarajevo Canton, on March 23 – 24, 2017 TPO Foundation has organized the fourth global ethic workshop for elementary school teachers Canton Sarajevo. On this occasion, expert associate of the Pedagogical Institute in Sarajevo Canton, Mina Pleh welcomed all present Bosnian language teachers, Catholic and Islamic religious teachers and pedagogues from nine elementary schools from the Sarajevo Canton area who had the opportunity to participate in global ethic workshop and thereby actively contribute to the successful integration of the global ethic into teaching and learning processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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