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May 2018

THIRD PANEL DISCUSSION WITHIN FER DISCOURSE INITIATIVE:
"FEMINIST READING OF THE BIBLE"


Fer Discourse Initiative team had the honor and pleasure to welcome in Sarajevo Harvard University Professor Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza on May 18, 2018, one of the most famous feminist theologists, who spoke of feminist theology from a Christian perspective, on the basis of her many years of academic work which primarily include interpretative strategies of female reading of the Bible. 

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May 2018

TPO FOUNDATION MARKED VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY AND EUROPE DAY


We need to learn more about respect and tolerance toward different cultures, attitudes and beliefs, we need to advocate freedom of thought and speech and work on protecting human life. That is the best way to oppose discrimination and violence against humanity. These were the messages of diligent young people from the Dobrinja Gymnasium with which TPO Foundation organized a workshop on May 11, 2018 entitled "Youth, antifascism and Europe" to mark the Victory in Europe Day and Europe Day.
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April 2018

WORLD ETHOS WORKSHOP HELD IN
BRCANSKA MALTA ELEMENTARY IN TUZLA

As part of a program for empowering school staff by creating World Ethos Schools, a world ethos workshop was held in Brcanska Malta Elementary in Tuzla at April 24 and 25, 2018. How educational programs in learning about ethical values are necessary for a successfully-functioning school staff was shown by mutual cooperation of three elementary schools: Brcanska Malta, Soline and Breske, an excellent lecturing team: Izet Numanovic (an expert adviser at Tuzla Pedagogy Institute), Munevera Rahmanovic Hrbat (a teacher of Islamic religious studies) and Vanja Ivkovic (a teacher of Catholic religious studies) together with teachers who participated in the workshop.
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April 2018

THE SECOND FIRST PANEL DISCUSSION WITHIN INITICATIVE FOR
FER DISCOURSE: "Religious and secular feminisms"



The struggle for abolishment of oppression and structural violence represents the common ground for social engagement of all feminisms, both secular and religious ones – this was emphasized by Adriana Zaharijević and Rebeka Jadranka Anić, panelists at the second session of FER Discourses which was held by TPO Foundation and IMIC Zajedno on April 20, 2018.

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April 2018

THE SECOND FIRST PANEL DISCUSSION WITHIN INITICATIVE FOR
FER DISCOURSE: "Religious and secular feminisms"

After the first session "Between religious and secular", which was held in Sarajevo WITHIN INITICATIVE FOR FER DISCOURSE in March, activities will continue on April 20th. The topic of "Religious and Secular Feminisms" will be spoken by Serbian and Croatian guests - dr. Sc. Adriana Zaharijević and PhD. Jadranka Rebeka Anić. About gender stereotypes and so-called. "Gender ideology", about the union of secular and religious. Is secularity necessarily emancipation, and religion - the presupposition? We are talking about everything that prevents women from using the law to ensure equality. About "gender ideology" as a problem that requires to understand quite serious crossings of religious discourse with populist strategies of family, faith, and nation defense, strategies that are equally present in the very different parts of the world.
Be with us on Obala Kulina bana no. 39 in Sarajevo, April 20, starting at 19 o'clock!
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April, 2018

THIRD SEMINAR "BEHAVIORAL AND EMOTIONAL DISORDERS OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS – GREATER UNDERSTANDING LEADS TO HEALTHIER OUTCOMES" HELD FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL PEDAGOGUES OF SARAJEVO CANTON

We should be considerate towards children with low self-esteem! That is one of the key messages of the seminar "Behavioral and emotional disorders of children and adolescents – greater understanding leads to healthier outcomes" held on April 3, 2018, for pedagogues and psychologists of Sarajevo Canton primary schools and led by Nermina Kravic, M.D., a neuropsychiatrist subspecialized in child and adolescent psychiatry. Academic failure is a result of interconnected factors, it is represented by bad grades in tests which measure knowledge students learned at school. Failure at school is a subjective assessment of one's failure at academic as well as personal level, and it is connected to low self-esteem. Failure at school is often a symptom of a child's emotional disorder, and it is expressed through self-punishment and a hidden sense of guilt. By early identifying a child's behavioral and emotional disorder, we contribute to establishing appropriate methods of work with the child, as well as parents who also need some help and support. This was the third and last seminar for pedagogues and psychologists of primary schools on the topic of behavioral and emotional disorders of children and adolescents, which is part of a three-year project "Peer and gender-based violence", organized by TPO Foundation in cooperation with three cantonal ministries of education. Future activies regarding behavioral and emotional problems of children will involve teachers and parents from 30 primary schools. >> MORE

March 2018

SECOND SEMINAR "BEHAVIORAL AND EMOTIONAL DISORDERS OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS – GREATER UNDERSTANDING LEADS TO HEALTHIER OUTCOMES" HELD FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL
PEDAGOGUES OF CENTRAL BOSNIA CANTON

The results from the Baseline study conducted by TPO Foundation in over 30 primary schools in three cantons at the beginning of "Peer- and gender-based violence" project showed that educators face the problem of insufficient information regarding behavioral disorders of children. Because of the need for additional education on proper conduct towards children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems, which often result different forms of violence or are caused by violence, a seminar entitled "Behavioral and emotional disorders of children and adolescents – greater understanding leads to healthier outcomes" was held in Vitez on March 27, 2018. In schools, there are children with more or less severe types of disorders, children with ADHD, OCD forms of behavior, anxiety, internet addiction, therefore, the aim of the seminar was to empower the school community in working with children and parents in order to reduce and prevent emotional and behavioral disorders in primary school students. One of the 12 child psychiatrists in BiH, Nermina Kravic, M.D., a neuropsychiatrist subspecialized in child and adolescent psychiatry, was the lecturer at the one-day seminar for 12 pedagogues and psychologists of partner primary schools in Central Bosnia Canton.  
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March 2018

FIRST SEMINAR "BEHAVIORAL AND EMOTIONAL DISORDERS OF CHILDREN
AND ADOLESCENTS – GREATER UNDERSTANDING LEADS TO HEALTHIER OUTCOMES" HELD FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL PEDAGOGUES OF HERCEGOVINA-NERETVA CANTON

To empower schools through educational programs aimed at prevention and reduction of all forms of peer- and gender-based violence in schools and beyond is the primary focus of all program activities organized for the second year by TPO Foundation in cooperation with three canton ministries of education as part of the project "Peer- and gender-based violence". In Mostar, on March 26, 2018, we started a new cycle of seminars for pedagogues entitled "Behavioral and emotional disorders of children and adolescents – greater understanding leads to healthier outcomes", which is intended to empower staff at schools in their work with children when dealing with students' behavioral disorders. Pedagogues and psychologists from 10 partner schools in HNC, associates from the Mostar Educational Institute, Pedagogy Institute, SOS Children's Village and a representative from the HNC Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport participated in a one-day seminar led by Nermina Kravic, M.D., a neuropsychiatrist subspecialized in child and adolescent psychiatry.
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March 2018

SECOND WORLD ETHOS WORKSHOP FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN
CENTRAL BOSNIA CANTON

The second world ethos workshop for secondary schools in Central Bosnia Canton was held on March 17 and 18, 2018 in Vitez. The participants emphasized that it is important to be reminded of universal ethical principles in life, because we are aware that the media, political and other representatives disseminate daily heavily-divisive and negative information. 
Aside from relaying religious facts on ethics and universality, guest lecturers from the Catechetic Office and Islamic Community used personal examples of their cooperation and friendship to show how people can differ in their religious views without being divided and distanced. Sarajevo team of lecturers presented the world ethos program practically and theoretically in the past few days, by offering simple examples through didactic materials for education in schools, because ethos can exist in every school subject.
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March 2018

FIRST PANEL DISCUSSION WITHIN INITICATIVE FOR FER DISCOURSE

The first in a series of panel discussions for the next couple of months was held as part of Fer Discourse Initiative at IMIC, in Sarajevo, on March 14, 2018. The topic of the first panel discussion was "Between the religious and secular".
The guest lecturer, Drago Bojic, a Bosnian Franciscan, theologian and publicist, discussed the position of religion and religious communities in a secular society such the BH society and spoke about the importance of establishing communication between those two contexts. Mr. Bojic also emphasized the importance of making equal room for faith and non-faith because fanaticism arose, historically speaking, as a consequence of both religious and anti-religious narratives. Seeing a potential for exercising human rights more fully in a secular multi-religious state, Mr. Bojic highlights the importance of dealing with wrongs on all sides, creating possibilities and room for dialog.
The panel was opened by a performance that was prepared by two students from Gymnasium Dobrinja, Lora Šabanović and Amar Mujanović. The aim of the intoductory performance was to show how the religious and secular intertwine within our daily lives, as well as to underline that human beings posess free will and therefore have the right to make their own choices.
A trailer about the first panel discussion "Between religious and secular" within the Fer discourse is available on the following link: https://youtu.be/yYj9Z3KEFH0
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March 2018

WORLD ETHOS WORKSHOP HELD
IN SECONDARY SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING - MOSTAR

During the academic 2016/2017, ETOS Initiative has started a program of building school collaborations through the creation of World Ethos Schools, and there are in total twelve secondary and primary schools within WES. One of them is Mostar Secondary School of Engineering which hosted on March 13 and 14, 2018, the first World Ethos workshop aimed at building school collaborations and fostering inter-school cooperation. That it is possible to – not only break long-standing barriers – but also to build bridges of cooperation founded on voluntarism, inclusion and humanity was shown by the synergy of Mostar Secondary School of Engineering and Jurja Dalmatinca Mostar Secondary School of Engineering, and thanks to the workshop participants and our excellent team of lecturers: Sanela Mesihovic (professor and principal of Mostar Secondary School of Engineering) and Fr. Ivan Nujic (professor and secretary at Franciscan Gymnasium in Visoko).
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March 2018

FIRST WORLD ETHOS WORKSHOP FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS
IN CENTRAL BOSNIA CANTON

After the first world ethos workshop for teachers of secondary schools in Central Bosnia Canton, held in Vitez on March 10 and 11, 2018, the common idea was that we often speak about ethical values in our society but we do not practice them in everyday life. A team of lecturers from Sarajevo, Selvira Masnic and Miroslav Bagara, used didactic materials and practical examples to remind the participants of ethical norm values as well as how important it is to integrate this project into educational processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Thanks to the previously established cooperation with the Riyasat of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Catechetical Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina, this was a quality seminar, additionally enriched by guest lecturers Nezir Halilovic, Ph.D., and D. Anto Ledic, Ph.D., who spoke about the basic foundations of world ethos in monotheistic religions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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March 2018

PANEL DISCUSSION "WHAT DOES THE MARCH 8 REPRESENT TO US TODAY:
POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS OF WOMEN IN BIH"

Women still carry out more jobs than men do, they are not equal in BH society, there are more demands on women in politics than men, numerous stereotypes about gender roles and division of jobs between men and women still exist, and the solution is in systemic changes in education, these were the conclusions of the participants in the panel discussion entitled "WHAT DOES THE MARCH 8 REPRESENT TO US TODAY: POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS OF WOMEN IN BIH", which TPO Foundation in cooperation with the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Sarajevo, organized on March 8, 2018, on International Women's Day. Panelists were Melika Husić-Mehmedović, professor at the Faculty of Economics and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Sarajevo, Jasna Bakšić-Muftić, professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Sarajevo, and Medina Mujić PhD, associate of the TPO Foundation.
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March 2018

OPEN CLASSROOMS IN CELEBRATION
OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

In celebration of the International Women's Day, TPO Foundation together with Maarif College in Sarajevo (March 7, 2018), Srednja škola za tekstil, kožu i dizajn (March 5, 2018) and Željeznički školski centar (March, 7, 2018) held three Open classrooms where students could reflect on the importance of the International Women's Day celebration in respect to their local communities. Thanks to the long-term cooperation with prof. Alma Ahmethodzic and pedagogist Berminka Hrelja, as well as newly established bridges of cooperation with prof. Edisa Zilic, through interactive lectures and audio-visual narration, workshop facilitator Monja Suta-Hibert led an open conversation with students who were interested – not only in the IWD discussion – but also in different questions about social justice, workers' rights in the world and Bosnia and Herzegovina and human rights in general.
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March 2018

SPEAK OUT AGAINST VIOLENCE TARGETING GIRLS AND WOMEN

"People often make fun of me on the streets. They call me names and try to provoke me, but I don't pay attention. I often look the other way and go about my business when they are trying to offend me, just like my mother told me to", said one of the members of "Ružičnjak – Los Rosales" Youth Association in Mostar. Children and youth with minor, moderate and combined impairments in psychophysical development, cerebral paralysis, autism, Down syndrome and hyperactivity are educated, socialized, rehabilitated and prepared for work by this association.
TPO Foundation organized a workshop entitled "Speak out against violence targeting girls and women" to mark the IWD on March 8 in "Ružičnjak – Los Rosales" Youth Association in Mostar. The workshop was led by D.Sc. Medina Mujić, TPO Foundation associate, and Jasna Rebac, president of the Youth Association "Ružičnjak – Los Rosales".
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March 2018

CELEBRATING IWD THROUGH DISCUSSIONS
ON POLITICAL RIGHTS AND EDUCATION WITH TEACHERS
FROM MUSA ĆAZIM ĆATIĆ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN VELIKO ČAJNO

"We all need to honor mothers, devote attention to all women and express gratitude for the effort they put into raising new generations and the entire world", said one of the teachers from Musa Ćazim Ćatić Elementary school in Veliko Čajno where TPO Foundation organized a lecture on March 5, 2018, under the title "What IWD means to us today: Political rights and education of women in BiH". The lecture was held by Ismeta Begić, the school pedagogue, and Melika Šahinović, TPO Foundation project coordinator.
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March 2018

WHAT DOES THE MARCH 8 REPRESENT TO US TODAY:
POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS OF WOMEN IN BIH

On the occasion of celebrating the International Women's Day, TPO Foundation in cooperation with the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Sarajevo is organizing a panel discussion: WHAT DOES THE MARCH 8 REPRESENT TO US TODAY: POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS OF WOMEN IN BIH, which will be held on March 8, 2018, starting at 10 am in the premises of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (at Zmaja od Bosne 8, University Campus). Professors of the University of Sarajevo will speak at the panel discussions: prof. dr. Melika Husić-Mehmedović, prof. dr. Jasna Bakšić-Muftić and a representative from TPO Foundation dr. sci. Medina Mujić, while the panel will be moderated by: MA Melika Šahinović.
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February 2018

THE SECOND WORLD ETHOS WORKSHOP FOR
PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN CENTRAL BOSNIA CANTON

Teachers at the second World Ethos workshop held in Vitez (February 24 and 25, 2018) for teachers of primary schools in Central Bosnia Canton (CBC) warmly welcomed being reminded of universal ethical values in contemporary fast-paced lifestyle. The participants pointed out that ETHOS represents an important segment of day-to-day living, however, we very rarely think of it that way. Respecting and appreciating people's differences are binding ethical values for all individuals – and that is actually daily life. Representatives of the Islamic Community and Catechetical Office, guest lecturers Nezir Halilovic, Ph.D., and D. Anto Ledic, Ph.D., used this opportunity to emphasize that everyone present was honored and privileged to hear, learn about and see how many universal, common and daily things there are which bring us together – and yet we rarely think about them. During the two-day workshop and as part of their group-work activities, teachers presented several performances on violence which depicted daily stigmatization based on the differences we carry. They ended their performances with a suggestion on how to accept somebody who is different by recognizing the good in them through words and lines of reconciliation. Ethos Initiative offered another possibility for dialog and cooperation this way, and other opportunities will be created together by the participants of this seminar and with the help and mentorship of the TPO Foundation team and ethos coaches: Izet Numanovic, M.Sc., and Amela Petricevic. >> MORE

February 2018

THE FIRST WORKSHOP OF GLOBAL ETHIC
AT PRIMARY SCHOOLS OF CENTRAL BOSNIA CANTON

Connecting people is one of the goals of the Etos Initiative and that's how it was on the first Global Ethic Seminar for Primary School Teachers in Central Bosnia Canton in Vitez (February 17-18, 2018). After 15 years, student colleagues met again. It's a unique opportunity to exchange old-time borrowed books but also to exchange new books, ideas and teaching experiences. Two days spent working together motivated teachers to engage more in inter-religious cooperation and integration of universal ethical values in their schools and communities. With the support and mentoring of the TPO Foundation and Etos trainers team: mr. sci. Izet Numanovic, Amela Petricevic and visiting lecturers Dr. Nezir Halilovic and Ph.D. Don Anto Ledic, ETOS team opened one door of cooperation and dialogue, and the other doors will be open by further participants of these seminars.
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January 2018

MEDITATIVE RELAXATION SEMINAR HELD IN SARAJEVO


Three Meditative relaxation seminars
for stress management were held in Sarajevo on January 22 and 23, 2018 as part of a three-year education program CHILDREN ARE OUR MIRROR: Prevention of peer- and gender-based violence in BH schools, which is being implemented by TPO Foundation in cooperation with three ministries of education from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In total, 35 teachers and pedagogues from ten elementary schools in Sarajevo Canton participated in the training. The seminars were led by Professor Zilka Spahić-Šiljak.
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January 2018

MEDITATIVE RELAXATION SEMINAR HELD IN VITEZ

Three Meditative relaxation seminars for stress management were held in Vitez on January 15 and 16, 2018 as part of a three-year education program CHILDREN ARE OUR MIRROR: Prevention of peer and gender-based violence in BH schools, which TPO Foundation implements in cooperation with three education ministries of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In total, 60 teachers and pedagogues from nine elementary schools in Central Bosnia Canton participated in the training. Professor Zilka Spahić-Šiljak led the seminars. The goal of the seminars was to familiarize educators with knowledge, practices and understanding as key segments in keeping an awakened heart because it helps in reducing the stress and division we feel on daily basis. Research has shown that an awakened heart is a natural capacity for everyone, while mindfulness can be attained with practice. The first part of the seminar was dedicated to theoretical knowledge on terms and techniques for self-growth, while the second part was dedicated to practical exercises, which can help a person relieve stress and function more productively on daily basis.
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January 2018

MEDITATIVE RELAXATION SEMINAR HELD IN MOSTAR


Three Meditative relaxation seminars for stress management were held in Mostar on January 8 and 9, 2018 as part of a three-year education program CHILDREN ARE OUR MIRROR: Prevention of peer and gender-based violence in BH schools, which is being implemented by TPO Foundation in cooperation with three ministries of education from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In total, 60 teachers, pedagogues and principals from ten elementary schools in Herzegovina-Neretva Canton participated in the training. The seminars were led by Professor Zilka Spahić-Šiljak.
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January 2018

THIRD STRESS MANAGEMENT SEMINAR HELD
FOR PEDAGOGUES IN CENTRAL BOSNIA CANTON

Stressors, techniques and strategies for facing, preventing and reducing stress were the topic at third stress management seminar in Vitez, held on January 5, 2018. Stress management seminars were created as part of a three-year project "Peer- and gender-based violence" in cooperation with education ministries of Central Bosnia, Sarajevo and Herzegovina-Neretva cantons as well as with the support from the Norwegian government, and they are organized in thirty primary schools. In Central Hotel in Vitez, one-day seminar was attended by pedagogues, psychologists as well as speech therapists and defectologists from ten partner schools in Central Bosnia Canton. Seminar participants had an opportunity to expand their knowledge on the subject and to share their experiences gained through the last year's first cycle of three-day seminars. By continuing these seminars, pedagogues and other experts working with children become more equipped to face stress and its consequences more easily and efficiently as well as to share the knowledge they gained at these seminars with the rest of staff at their schools in order to integrate stress management into curriculums that include cooperation with children and parents. The seminar was led by Amra Delić, a neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist.
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January 2018

SECOND SEMINAR ON STRESS MANAGEMENT HELD
IN SARAJEVO CANTON

TPO Foundation has started a new cycle of anti-stress seminars after the successfully completing three-day seminars for stress management during 2017 as part of a three-year project "Peer and gender-based violence". In partnership with Herzegovina-Neretva Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, pedagogues, psychologists, expert associates and representatives of the Education Institute, Pedagogy Institute and Herzegovina-Neretva Ministry of Education, Science and Sport attended the seminar in Mostar on January 3, 2018. Amra Delić, M.D., who created and led Stress Management seminars in 2017, moderated new seminars, which were also an opportunity to summarize the results from last year's activities on preventing and reducing stress that were organized in schools together with school staff, students and  parents. The goal of the seminar was to empower educators so that they could understand powers of stress and advance personal skills in order to manage and control stress and its consequences more successfully.
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January 2018

FIRST ONE-DAY SEMINAR HELD FOR PEDAGOGUES AND PSYCHOLOGISTS IN HERZEGOVINA-NERETVA CANTON

TPO Foundation has started a new cycle of anti-stress seminars after the successfully completing three-day seminars for stress management during 2017 as part of a three-year project "Peer and gender-based violence". In partnership with Herzegovina-Neretva Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, pedagogues, psychologists, expert associates and representatives of the Education Institute, Pedagogy Institute and Herzegovina-Neretva Ministry of Education, Science and Sport attended the seminar in Mostar on January 3, 2018. Amra Delić, M.D., who created and led Stress Management seminars in 2017, moderated new seminars, which were also an opportunity to summarize the results from last year's activities on preventing and reducing stress that were organized in schools together with school staff, students and  parents. The goal of the seminar was to empower educators so that they could understand powers of stress and advance personal skills in order to manage and control stress and its consequences more successfully.
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December 2017

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY AND 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM CAMPAIGN 2017.
"AWAKEN, MOVE, CHANGE!"

Within the project Peer and Gender-based Violence in School supported by Norwegian Government TPO Foundation launched the 16 days of activism campaign with slogan "AWAKEN, MOVE, CHANGE!" in more than 40 primary and secondary schools of BiH.
Celebration of the International Human Rights Day on December 11.2017 marked the end of 16 days of activism campaign that gathered more than 200 teachers, over 1000 students and 2000 parents. In partnership with Jewish Community of BiH the final event was held at 11 am and TPO's publications: two manual for strengthening capacities of teachers in their work with students and parents as well as Baseline Study on peer and gender-based violence are presented. Exhibition of student's comic book work from primary and secondary schools was also opened and the best comic book artists are awarded.
 Video: https://youtu.be/8ECELA1mpx


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December 2017

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM IN BOSNIAN-HERZEGOVINIAN
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

During 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence under the motto AWAKEN, MOVE, CHANGE, over 2000 students from 41 BH schools have discussed gender- and peer-based violence by participating in 68 creative workshops together with 400 teachers and 1300 parents. In cooperation with Herzegovina-Neretva Canton Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, Central Bosnia Canton Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Sarajevo Canton Ministry of Education, Science and Youth and with the Norwegian Embassy's financial support, TPO Foundation has successfully conducted a series of educational activities which positively contributed to building a better and more just BH educational system.
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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

THIRD PARENTING WORSHOP FOR MOTHERS OF CHILDREN
WITH SPECIAL NEEDS COMPLETED


Within the framework of the program "Gender-based violence – GBV", on November 25, 2017, at the premises of the Association "Dlan" in Zenica, the third planned parenting workshop for the mothers of children suffering from paralysis and hydrocephalus was successfully completed. With the aim of providing psychosocial support to mothers of ill children, prevention and reduction of discriminatory practices and forms of gender-based violence and raising awareness of BH societies about the difficulties that every family with disabled children encounters daily and their needs for a better life, TPO Foundation has realized a total of three workshops dedicated to mothers and their empowerment in working with children and everyday stress. In moderation of TPO associate, psychotherapist, Nermina Vehabović-Rudež, fifteen mothers had the opportunity to learn through the group therapies, educational materials and participatory exercises about the different roles they perform as the parent of a child with special needs. The aim of the workshop was also to strengthen them to deal with prejudices and stereotypes that are often related to a woman in families whose child is suffering from some of the illnesses.
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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

SUCCESSFULLY REALIZED THE SECOND PARENTING WORKSHOP
FOR MOTHERS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Within the framework of the program "Gender-Based Violence - GBV" and with the aim of psychosocial strengthening of mothers of children suffering from paralysis and hydrocephalus, the TPO Foundation successfully implemented the second of the planned three workshops of parenting workshops called "Being a good enough parent". On November 11, 2017, a workshop for fifteen mothers of Association "Dlan" in Zenica, which works in the interest of all ill people, including the families of the ill children, children and adults. The workshop was run by a psychotherapist, Nermina Vehabovic-Rudez.
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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

THE FIRST PARENTING WORKSHOP FOR MOTHERS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS HELD IN THE ASSOCIATION "DLAN" ZENICA

TPO Foundation works on empowering marginalized groups of society, pointing out their difficulties and needs in achieving equal rights and opportunities in their community. Special groups of society certainly represent families of children with special needs. Due to the insufficient concern of the society for these marginalized groups in our community, as well as the need to raise awareness of the problems and needs of children and their mothers for a better way of life, TPO Foundation, within a program "Gender-based violence - GBV" launched a new set of parenting workshops entitled "Being a good enough parent" with the aim to psychosocially strengthen mothers of children suffering from paralysis and hydrocephalus. Fourteen active mothers of the Association "Dlan" in Zenica, on November 4, 2017, attended an educational workshop moderated by an associate of the TPO Foundation, psychotherapist Nermina Vehabovic-Rudez. The aim of the workshop was to strengthen the mothers of children with special needs, control and reduce the daily stress they face every day with a special emphasis on gender-based violence in which girls and women suffer from disabilities as well as mothers of ill children are exposed to various forms of discrimination and domestic violence in the community in which they live. >> MORE

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 (03.11.2017), 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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