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October 2019

THE FIRST SOCRATES CAFE IN SARAJEVO

On 10th October 2019 was held the Socrates Cafe in Kamerni Teatar 55 in Sarajevo. In this honour, Haris Cerić, professor from the Faculty of Political Sciences, sang and played the famous song from Beatles - ''Yesterday'' and by this way opened the Cafe.
The topic was ''I know that I know nothing'' and was facilitated by Elmana Cerić who is professor of Philosophy. The participants were university and high school students and those who have graduated but stil enjoy philosophy.
The participants were inquiring who has the right to decide what is truth. They got answers by consulting their own experience but so with the scientific facts.

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October 2019

THE FIRST SOCRATES CAFE IN ZENICA AND
THE FIRST GLOBAL SOCRATES CAFE

Socrates Café are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange philosophical perspectives based on their experiences, using the version of the Socratic Method developed by founder Christopher Phillips.
Organized by TPO Foundation, the first Socrates Cafe held 9th October in Zenica. Professor Spahija Kozlić, who talked about the meaning famous sintagma ''I know that I know nothing'' (ipse se nihil scire id unum sciat), facilitated the Cafe. During the sesson more than 35 young people were inquiring the concepts of knowledge, lie and truth.
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September 2019

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA:
SOCRATES CAFES


TPO Foundation organizes Socrates Cafes in Sarajevo, Mostar, Tuzla and Zenica. There is no argumentation nor debate in Socrates Cafes, but revealing and questioning the phenomena by using Socratic method. Philosophy became an elite science again so TPO Foundation wants to get it back to the streets, cafes and other places that are open for every person willing to be included into the community of the social phenomena inquiry.

September 2019

BEST VIDEO COMPETITION ON THE TOPIC: GRATITUDE



Regarding the Human Rights Day, the TPO Foundation is announcing THE COMPETITION and invites all interested students from 5th to 9th grade of primary school (category 1) and high school students (category 2) from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina to apply for the best video competition on the topic: GRATITUDE.
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September 2019

THE THIRD TOT TRAINING: STRENGHTENING THE INTERCULTURAL
AND INTERRELIGIOUS COMPETENCIES


In the TOT Training sequence, the key questions were how to face the contemporary controversal and peripheral topics and how to start the conversation and dialogue between different perspectives. On 22nd of September 2019, the third TOT training about strengthening the intercultural and multireligious teaching competencies was held in Sarajevo. Participants were social sciences professors. They have presented their own intercultural continuum by which they showed what is the proper way of getting rid of monocultural perspective and how to enter the intercultural perspective.

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September 2019

CIVIL SOCIETY IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE - REPORT FROM
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, BY ZILKA SPAHIC SILJAK


ERSTE Foundation published its second report about CSO in Central and Eastern Europe, including Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Civil society and its organizations play an important social, political and economic role in democratic countries. The existence of a vivid civil society is an indicator of well-functioning democracies that give space to the full variety of different opinions, concerns and solutions. Civil society organizations (CSOs) are often established where a particular social or political concern emerges. By combining a mix of various public and private resources - such as public funds, private donations, voluntary work and membership fees - they are often a source of social innovation.

The report is available at:
http://www.erstestiftung.org/en/
publication/civil-society-in-central-and-eastern-europe-monitoring-2019/


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July 2019

THE SECOND PEDAGOGY SUMMER SCHOOL - MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: GLOBAL CHALLENGES IN LOCAL CONTEXT OF BIH


''I am a pedagogue, not a magician'' was the message of teaching assistant Đenita Tuce for the participants of the Second Pedagogy Summer School that was held from 30.8. to 1.9.2019 in Sarajevo for the pedagogues and teachers from three Cantons: Herzegovina-Neretva, Central Bosnia and Sarajevo, as a part of ''Peer and Gender Based Violence'' Project. There are too many challenges but only through common effort of the teachers and pedagogues, parents and children we can find solutions for the violence rising problem in BiH as well as in the world.

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August 2019

THE SECOND EMIL TRAINING: STRENGHTENING THE INTERCULTURAL
AND INTERRELIGIOUS COMPETENCIES

Dialogue, peace and understanding are being founded in a way of strenghtening our intercultural and interreligious competencies, what actually was the subject of the first two-days training for professors. On 17, 18, 19 and 20 of August 2019, TPO Foundation has organized the training as a part of EMIL (Empowerment of Multireligious and Intercultural Learning) programme about strenghtening the intercultural teaching competencies in coordination with the Ministries of education, science, culture and sport of 5 cantons: Herzegovina – Neretva, Central Bosnia, Tuzla, Zenica – Doboj and Sarajevo that suggested those professors. Professors from those cantons were the attendants of the training. The coach persons were experienced coaches Ana Marija and Otto Raffai.
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August 2019

THE FIRST EMIL TRAINING: STRENGHTENING THE INTERCULTURAL
AND INTERRELIGIOUS COMPETENCIES

Dialogue, peace and understanding are being founded in a way of strenghtening our intercultural and interreligious competencies, what actually was the subject of the first two-days training for professors. On 15 and 16 of August 2019, TPO Foundation has organized the training as a part of EMIL (Empowerment of Multireligious and Intercultural Learning) programme about strenghtening the intercultural teaching competencies in coordination with the Ministries of education, science, culture and sport of 5 cantons: Herzegovina – Neretva, Central Bosnia, Tuzla, Zenica – Doboj and Sarajevo that suggested those professors. Professors from those cantons were the attendants of the training. The coach persons were professors Sedžida Hadžić and Zilka Spahić Šiljak.
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July 2019

THE BOOK LAUNCH "Bosnian Labyrinth: culture, gender and
leadership" is held in hotel bristol

The book launch was held in Sarajevo on july 01, 2019 in the hotel Bristol to promote the book The Bosnian Labyrinth: Culture, Gender and Leadership, edited by professor Zilka Spahić Šiljak who is also an author of the book together with co-authors: Suada Penava and Jasna Kovačević. The book is based on the three-year long research conducted with leaders in politics and business in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Professor Melika Husić-Mehmedović from the School of Economics in Sarajevo, Mrs. Dženita Zirdum, president of the Regional Associations of business women and  psychologist Srđan Puhalo.
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May 2019

BOOK LAUNCH "Bosnian Labyrinth: culture, gender and leadership"
(01.07.2019. AT 18:00 - hotel BRISTOL SARAJEVO)


TPO Foundation invites you for a book launch: "Bosnian Labyrinth: culture, gender and leadership". The book is edited by Zilka Spahić Šiljak and she shares authorship with Suada Penava and Jasna Kovačević. The book appeared as the result of research conducted with Bosnian-Herzegovinian leaders in politics and business from 2015 to 2018.
The book launch wil take place 01.07.2019. at 18:00 - hotel Bristol, Fra Filipa Lastrića 2, Sarajevo.

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May 2019

The Fourth NIRA Leaders Personal Development
Training HELD IN Tuzla


On 18 and 19 May 2019, at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Tuzla, the TPO Foundation held the fourth and final personal development training, led by coach Amr Delic. Participants were members of Our Voice Association, students of the University of Tuzla, as well as a few young high school students who showed an extraordinary interest in training where the coach said to the participants that they are more courageous than they think.

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May 2019

BOOK LAUNCH "Living Presence: Sufi Path to Mindfulness"

The book launch: "Living Presence: Sufi Path to Mindfulness" by Kabir Edmund Helminski take place 5/5/2019 in hotel Bosnia - Sarajevo.
''There is no religion such as religion of Love'', the author of the book Living Presence: Sufi Path to Mindfulness Kabir Edmund Helminski quoted great poet Jalal al-Din al-Rumi.
On the book launch night, in the overcrowded Hotel Bosnia saloon, Kabir Helminski explained what is ego and the fact that in the religion of Love ego is not 'killed' but transformed into a slave of the heart.
Promoters of the book were dr Amra Delić and Shaikh Sead Halilagić. Moderator was Amra Pandžo.
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May 2019

THE FOURTH NIRA LEADERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
TRAINING IN TUZLA


''You are the director of your life.''
On 4.5.2019. and 25.5.2019. Profesional Development Trainings were held in Tuzla with the students of the University of Tuzla and the members of the Naš glas Association. Trainings were held at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Tuzla. The trainings' coaches were Džejna Bajramović and Elmida Sarić. At the end of the workshops, the participants got the certificates.
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April 2019

BOOK LAUNCH "Living Presence: Sufi Path to Mindfulness"
(05.05.2019. AT 18:00 - hotel Bosnia, Kulovica 9, Sarajevo)


TPO Foundation invites you for a book launch: "Living Presence: Sufi Path to Mindfulness", by Kabir Edmund Helminski who is a shaikh of Mevlevi order in North America.
He brings spiritual path and philosophy of  great Jalal al-Din al-Rumi with particularly provoking and interesting way.
The book launch wil take place 05.05.2019. at 18:00 - hotel Bosnia, Kulovica 9, Sarajevo.

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April 2019

THE THIRD'' NIRA LEADERS'' Professional DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
FOR WOMEN HELD IN ZENICA


"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.'' (Confucius)
NIRA Leaders Professional Development Training was held on the 27th and 28th of April 2019. The trainers were Elmida Sarić and Džejna Bajramović. After completing the training sessions, both groups from Zenica (students of the University of Zenica and members of the ZADA Association) received certificates. As until now, the training venue was the Faculty of Law in Zenica.

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April 2019

2. NIRA LEADERS PROFESIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING FOR
TUZLA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS


"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."(Oscar Wilde)

On April 20th and 21st, 2019, TPO Foundation held the two-day "NIRA Leaders" of professional development at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Tuzla. The participants of this training were students from all faculties of the University. The trainers were Elmida Sarić and Džejna Bajramović.

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April 2019

3. NIRA LEADERS PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING FOR
TUZLA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS


''Life is like a canvas, you get what you have painted yourself. The brush is in your hands, " said coach Amra Delić at the third  Personal Development Training, which TPO Foundation held on 13 and 14 April 2019 at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Tuzla. The participants were students from all faculties and departments of this uUniversity.

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April 2019

1. NIRA LEADERS PROFESIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING FOR
ZENICA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS


At the Law Faculty of the University of Zenica, from April 6 to 7, 2019 NIRA leaders professional development training was held, with attended 20 students from different faculties First day of the training was run by coach Elmida Sarić and second day by coach Džejna Bajramović.
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April 2019

#AgainNeverAgain
SYMPOSIUM "REMEMBRANCE, TRAUMA AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING"


Symposium "Remembrance, Trauma and Experiential Learning" will be organised at the University of Turku, Finland,  from 27 May until 29 May 2019. The main aim of Symposium is to present the activities that were implemented by members of Consortium of the international project Again Never Again – Teaching Trauma and Transmission through Experiential Learning (Europe for Citizens Program), among which is TPO Foundation.
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March 2019

THE SECOND ''NIRA LEADERS'' PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
TRAINING HELD IN ZENICA

''Our greatest enemy is the fear that holds us back in many ways and disables our quest for the inner treasure." Coachwoman Amra Delić held the second "NIRA Leaders" personal development training on 30 and 31 March 2019. Women from the ZADA association from Zenica spent the weekend at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zenica by learning about (self) control, dealing with fear, (self) motivation, searching for identity, facing trauma and stress, personal, interpersonal and presentation skills.
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March 2019

ANTISTRESS SEMINARS FOR PEDAGOGES AND TEACHERS
OF THE HERZEGOVINA-NERETVA CANTON


"The biggest problem is working with parents," teachers and pedagogues unanimously agreed at seminars held in Mostar on March 28 and March 29, 2019. Snježana Petraš conveyed her positive experience in working with parents and suggested them to involve other parents in school activities and in developing programs that take place in schools. By the end of the semester, all the participants of the seminar in all three cantons; SBK, KS and HNK, will do workshops with parents and children in primary schools by practicing the acquired knowledge and skills at Antistress seminars and using "Emotional Diary"
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March 2019

NIRA LEADERS TRAINING HELD AT THE LAW FACULTY
OF THE ZENICA UNIVERSITY

On 16th and 17th March 2019, personal development training was held as one of two NIRA Leaders trainings organized by the TPO Foundation in cooperation with the University of Zenica. Students of the Faculty of Law, Economics, Philosophy, Islamic Pedagogy, Mechanical Engineering, Medical and Polytechnic University of Zenica successfully completed personal development training.
NIRA Leaders personal development training has encouraged students to invest more in themselves and to become mentally healthy individuals because only mentally stable and healthy individuals achieve excellency in their profession.
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March 2019

SEVENTH PANEL DISCUSSION OF FER DISCOURSES:
"Which sex has God?"


The seventh panel discussion of FER Discourses Initiative was held on 13 of March, 2019. The panel opened the area of the interdisciplinar discussion about the topic named ''Which sex has God?''. Aynura Akbas (MA of History) was the keynote speaker. She recently returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina after graduation on transformation of the female Muslim identities and the role of the conflict in this process.

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March 2019

THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY TITLED ''HOW CAN WE SPEAK OF GENDER EQUALITY?'' CELEBRATED IN ILIJAŠ

"Fight all along while you are living!'' is the message that Indira Smajlović emphasized in her speech on the event ''How Can We Speak of Gender Equality?'' held on March 7 in Ilijaš on the occasion of the International Women's Day organized by the TPO Foundation and the Municipality of Ilijaš. This is a saying that helps Indira to focus on what she wants, to launch the world, as she has launched an initiative to organize this event.
Workers, cops, soldiers, journalists, professors and mothers have made this event memorable for the struggles of Klara Zetkin and Rose Luxemburg, with a critical review of the position of women today. They spoke of feminization of professions, stereotypes about women in the media, achievements of women in the struggle for justice and truth.
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March 2019

INVITATION TO CELBRATE 8. MARCH

March 2019

ANTISTRESS SEMINARS FOR PEDAGOGUES AND TEACHERS
IN SARAJEVO CANTON


''Child's personality is never to be criticized, only child's actions are to be criticized'',  were the opening lines said by a professor of pedagogy and psychology on workshop concerning the importance of emotions in child development. Two seminars held on March 6, 2019, in Sarajevo, were attended by 35 teachers and pedagogues from 10 schools in Sarajevo Canton.

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March 2019

CALL for Leadership Training

In collaboration with the University of Zenica and the University of Tuzla, TPO Foundation is running two trainings: Training of personal skills and Training of professional skills. Students will get a chance to learn from experts in these fields and acquire leadership skills and project application skills.
On the following links you can find more info:
- Poziv na NIRA liders trening studentima i studenticama Univerziteta u Zenici
- Obrazac prijave za NIRA liders trening Zenica

- Poziv na NIRA liders trening studentima i studenticama Univerziteta u Tuzli
- Obrazac prijave za NIRA liders trening Tuzla

February 2019

ANTISTRESS SEMINARS FOR PEDAGOGUES AND TEACHERS
IN CENTRAL BOSNIA CANTON


"Be like a child: simple, spontaneous and happy. Don't be a barrel full of problems. You are capable of laughing. Open up like a flower to the sun." Snježana Petraš used these opening lines for workshops on the importance of emotions in a child's development. Two seminars held on February 27 and 28, 2019, in Vitez were attended by 40 teachers and pedagogues from 11 schools in Central Bosnia Canton.

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January 2019

sIXTH PANEL DISCUSSION OF FER DISCOURSES:
"Who has the right to speak of God?"


On January 24, 2019 in IMIC centre, we discussed with the professor Juliana Mladenovska - Tešija on the subject named "Who has the right to speak of God?" Moving through the space of dialogue and discussion and thinking of the importance of the need to talk about God we came to the conclusion that everyone has the right to speak about God, even those who do not believe, and that speaking of God should arise as a result of the experience of "God as passion ".

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January 2019

LEVEL 2A AND 2B SAPERE COURSE TRAININGS HELD IN SARAJEVO


Two SAPERE (Society for Advancing Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education) trainings for 2A and 2B levels were held in Sarajevo, from January 4 to 8, 2019. The focus of these trainings was on developing critical thinking, philosophical concepts and ethical values. Prof. Dr. Patricia Hannam facilitated the trainings in which participants discussed expert articles on P4C and held inquiries in order to advance their understanding of 4Cs (four essential principles of the philosophy for children): creative thinking, critical thinking, collaborative thinking and caring thinking.
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December 2018

#AGAINNEVERAGAIN WORKSHOPS
"ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME?" IN MOSTAR

Workshop titled "Are you listening to me? Transgenerational transmission of trauma and memory: empathy and experiential learning as challenges to the teaching process " was held From 18th-19th December 2018 in the premises of the Fourth Primary School in Mostar. The aim was to empower teachers and pedagogues from elementary schools from the Herzegovina Neretva Canton with experiential learning skills. TPO Foundation implements this project, whi in collaboration with Turku University from Finland and other EU partners which is part of #Again Never Again - Teaching Transmission of Trauma and Remembrance through Experiential Learning. >> MORE

December 2018

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM IN HERZEGOVINA-NERETVA
CANTON SCHOOLS


From November 25 to December 10, 2018, in cooperation with ministries of education of Sarajevo Canton (SC), Tuzla Canton (TC), Central Bosnia Canton (CBC) and Herzegovina-Neretva Canton (HNC), TPO Foundation supported the realization of activities during the international campaign 16 Days of Activism in primary and secondary schools in these cantons. In HNC, the campaign was marked by eight primary schools: OŠ Ilići Mostar, OŠ A.B. Šimić Mostar, OŠ Gnojnice Mostar, OŠ Mustafa Ejubović – Šejh Jujo Mostar, IV osnovna škola Mostar, OŠ Blagaj Blagaj, OŠ Ilije Jakovljević Mostar, OŠ Ivana Gundulića Mostar.
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December 2018

the Faculty of Philosophy of University of Zenica
participated in 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM


This year, the Faculty of Philosophy of University of Zenica participated in a series of activities that aimed to examine topics such as the fight for human rights, thus continuing their tradition of participating in dialogue regarding important social issues. In cooperation with the TPO Foundation from Sarajevo, as part of the campaign "16 days of activism," they conducted an educational workshop for 4th year students of the Department of Cultural Studies. The participants were divided into sections for the purpose of discussion and group activities.
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November 2018

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM IN TUZLA CANTON

In partnership with TPO Foundation, students from primary and secondary schools in Tuzla Canton (TC) organized a series of activities as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign, under the slogan "Children are our mirror image". One of the conclusions they reached is that it is necessary to put oneself in other person's shoes in order to empathize with them and avoid gender prejudices. The following schools participated in the campaign: Husino, Pasci, Brčanska Malta, Bukinje, Srednja medicinska škola, Srednja elektrotehnička škola, the Public Institution for Education of Individuals with Mental and Physical Disabilities Tuzla and Srednja mješovita škola Gračanica.
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November 2018

16 Days of Actvism Campaign in Medical High
School "Jezero" - Sarajevo

The Campaign 16 Days of Activism can be focused on tolerance and non-violence what was demonstrated by the students of Medical High School Jezero. Student Council suggested and two great teachers, Vildana Brulić-Šipilović i Belma Mehanić-Kapo facilitated activities of students who were supposed to select quotes from great philosophers, authors, peacebuilders and other who contributed to the humankind with their work, on the theme of tolerance and non-violence. Those quotes were read in each classroom. Students made a wall of tolerance and non-violence from these quotes with the aim to remind all students on tolerance every day.
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