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October 2020

16 Days of Activism Campaign against Gender-Based Violence How Much Do We (Not) Understand Each Other?


Every year, the TPO Foundation conducts a 16 days of activism campaign against gender-based violence in cooperation with primary and secondary schools as well as universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This year's campaign theme is How Much Do We (Not) Understand Each Other?. We chose this topic by listening to the needs of the cooperation triangle made up of students, teachers and parents.
The TPO Foundation invites all schools, pedagogues, students and parents from the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina to join the campaign and to share with us their experience of (mis) understanding within the triangle of cooperation. If you have not done this campaign so far, you can contact us at the koordinator5@tpofond.org or on social networks: https://www.facebook.com/thinkericatpo and https://www.facebook.com/TPOFoundation to organize a workshop with pupils and / or students and thus join the system of schools and universities that conduct this campaign.
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November 2020

ON IDENTITIES - PROFESSOR ZILKA SPAHIĆ ŠILJAK

Zilka Spahić Šiljak, professor at the faculties in Bosnia and Herzegovina, researcher at Harvard and Stanford, activist, author, fighter for human rights and gender equality and the program  directors of the TPO Foundation was a guest on November 8, 2020 on BHRT in the show Identities with host Dženita Zirdum, in which the topic was Culture of Diversity.
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November 2020

TWO DAY ETHOS BALKAN SEMINAR:
MODULE 2 - FOR A CHANGE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET TO KNOW OTHERS


On November 7 and 8, 2020, the TPO Foundation held the second module of the Ethos Balkan seminar. The seminar was attended by teachers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Croatia. The aim of this training is to sensitize the teaching staff from these four countries on the topics of world ethos and issues of ethics, tolerance, openness and solidarity among teachers and students. The coaches who educate the teaching staff were Izet Numanović, Alen Kristić, Sedžida Hadžić, Amela Petričević and Miroslav Bagara.

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October 2020

THE LAST EMIL TRAINING AND TEACHING STAFF CERTIFICATION


The training of teaching staff for EMIL (Ethos of Multireligious and Intercultural Learning) program was, after a year and two months, successfully completed on 31 October, 2020. The aim of this program was to prepare teachers to work in a school atmosphere of solidarity, openness, tolerance and ethics. 13 teachers successfully completed this program and became certified trainers to strengthen intercultural and interreligious competencies.

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October 2020

APPROVED PUBLIC CALL PROJECTS "WOMEN, YOUTH AND POLITICS"


Within the NIRA project and with the aim of greater involvement of young people and women in politics and advocacy in BiH, the TPO Foundation has implemented a number of activities for young people throughout BiH. After trainings on personal and professional development and advocacy for young people, which aimed to improve the skills and competencies of young people in public speaking, critical thinking and project writing, TPO Foundation published a public call entitled "Women, Youth and Politics", intended for all citizens between aged between 18 and 35 to apply by project applications with an initiative aimed at the promotion and affirmation of young people and women in politics in BiH.
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September 2020

P4C INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR ON THE LIFE
AND WORK OF ANN MARGARET SHARP - UNIVERSITY OF WINCHESTER


Ann Margaret Sharp is one of the most significant names in the history of the development of methods and approaches in learning and teaching to encourage critical thinking and their application in the community of inquiry - P4C in the UK, and later in the world. Representatives of the TPO Foundation - SAPERE BiH program: Zilka Spahić Šiljak, Melika Šahinović and Elmana Cerić attended the conference which was organized by Winchester University from the UK with moderators: Patricia Hannam, Joanna Hayney, Megan Laverty and Maughn Gregory. The conference was attended by over 35 participants from different countries: Taiwan, Italy, Great Britain, Sweden, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, North America and Mexico.
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September 2020

VII  EMIL TOT trening

Confronting prejudices in face to face encounters with representatives of marginalized groups, like Roma people, Jews, LGBT and Muslim women with hijab is painful but important step in intercultural continuum development. OnSeptember 13, 2020, the TPO Foundation organized the VII and final EMIL TOT training. The final step in the strengthening intercultural and interreligious competencies training covered BH teachers and involved true validation of knowledge and skills, rather than the classic test. The training was facilitated by profesor Zilka Spahić Šiljak nd guest lecturers were Indira Bajramović, Almina Musa, Mirza Halilčević and Igor Kožemjakin.
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September 2020

PUBLIC CALL FOR SUBMISSION OF PROJECT APPLICATIONS ON THE TOPIC
"WOMEN, YOUTH AND POLITICS"

This is an opportunity for all citizens aged from 18 to 35 to transform their ideas on the promotion and encouragement of young people and women in active participation in politics in BiH through project applications and to get the fund for the implementation of the project in their local community.
Within the NIRA project, TPO Foundation is announcing a public call for project applications on the topic "Women, Youth and Politics". The goal of the public call is to support citizens aged 18 to 35 to use their ideas to encourage women and young people to actively participate in political life in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Your initiative can bring positive changes in the local community and the involvement of young people and women in politics. Ten best project proposals will receive grants, and the maximum amount of one grant is 2,500 KM.
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September 2020

NEW BOOK ''HEALING AND PEACEBUILDING AFTER WAR''


New book "Healing and Peacebuilding After War. Transforming Trauma in Bosnia and Herzegovina" is recently published by Routlegde Press. The book is a result of the International Conference on "Trauma Memory and Healing" organized by TPO Foundation (2016) in Sarajevo in partnership with University of Boston, Harvard Program in Refugee and Trauma, George Mason University, Center of Justice and Peace Building Eastern Mennonite University, Vrije University from Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Documenta (Hrvatska).

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August 2020

THE FIRST ETHOS BALKAN SEMINAR: REGIONAL NETWORKING
AND COMMON LEARNING


The first module of the ETOS Balkan seminar was held on August 27, 2020. with representatives of Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina with the aim of networking and working together to promote learning and living ethical values. Participants say that the integration of fundamental ethical values ​​must come to the fore despite of the collapsed value system and the fact that the school is an educational and mainly without nurturing taking part in it.

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August 2020

SAPERE BiH TRAINING - P4C LEVEL 1 FOR TEACHERS FROM 4 CANTONS


TEACHERS OF HIGH SCHOOLS OF CS, HNC, CBC ZDC COMPLETED THE FIRST CYCLE OF ONE-YEAR TRAINING EDUCATION FOR FUTURE TRAINERS FOR PHILOSOPHY FOR CHILDREN

The SAPERE BIH program promotes and affirms philosophy for children as a method and approach in learning and teaching, with the aim of developing thinking skills, communication, as well as building self-confidence and improving the overall personality.

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June 2020

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ADVOCACY
TRAINING IN SARAJEVO


"Lack of self-confidence and negative thoughts are factors that influence young people not to be what they want", was a statement established during the training of personal and professional development and advocacy within the NIRA project.
The training was held on July 24 and 25 in Sarajevo, and the participants were students of the Universities located in Sarajevo.
The training was facilitated by Melika Šahinović and Bojana Trninić.

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June 2020

TRAINING OF PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
AND ADVOCACY WITH STUDENTS FROM BANJA LUKA


The desire for change to have a better, more open and safer society was the motivation of the students of the University of Banja Luka who participated in the trainings of personal and professional development and advocacy within the NIRA project. The trainings were held on July 14 and 15, 2020 in Banja Luka. The trainer in the field of personal and professional development was Melika Šahinović, but the knowledge and experience in the field of advocacy, lobbying and creating a media image was passed on to the participants by Bojana Trninić.

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June 2020

6. TRAINING WITHIN THE ETOS INITIATIVE: "STRENGTHENING INTERCULTURAL AND INTERRELIGIOUS COMPETENCIES OF TEACHERS"


It is important to put yourslef in someone elses shoes and look at the facts from different point of view. We should take one step back and look at the complete situation and how it affects on society and every indvidual wichc is a part of it- some of the conclusions of sixth training for coaches in frame of ETOS inciative which taken place on 3.,4. and 5. july 2020. in Nabiscupic center Ivan Pavao in Sarajevo in cooperation with TPO fondation and RAND from Croatia.

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June 2020

JAVNI POZIV ZA PRIJAVU NA TRENINGE LIČNOG I PROFESIONALNOG
RAZVOJA I ZAGOVARANJA

Ovo je prilika za sve studente i studentice da steknu nova znanja i vještine, da ih primijene u praksi i da za to dobiju finansijsku podršku. Ako želite osnažiti svoje liderske kapacitete, naučiti kako zagovarati za političko liderstvo mladih i žena, onda se prijavite na javni poziv.
TPO Fondacija u saradnji sa Internacionalnim Burč Univerzitetom u Sarajevu, Nastavničkim fakultetom Univerziteta ''Džemal Bijedić'' u Mostaru, Pravnim fakultetom Univerziteta u Zenici i Filozofskim fakultetom Univerziteta u Banja Luci, u okviru projekta NIRA, raspisuje javni poziv za učešće na treningu za sve studente/ice u Sarajevu, Banja Luci, Zenici i Mostaru "Postani politički/a lider/ica !". Cilj treninga je naučiti mlade kako zagovarati promjene u lokalnoj zajednici i povećati broj mladih i žena u politici.
Rok za prijavu je 13.07.2020.
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June 2020

5. EMIL TOT "INTERCULTURAL AND INTERRELIGIOUS COMPETENCIES
TRAINING SIMULATION"

As part of the Ethos Initiative, the fifth EMIL (Ethos of Multicultural and Interreligious Learning), two-day training for trainers was held on June 12 and 13, 2020 in Sarajevo.
This time, professors from Bosnia and Herzegovina simulated future trainings on intercultural and interreligious competencies. The future trainers independently put the learned theory into practice and successfully performed simulations.

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May 2020

THE SCOND ONLINE SOCRATES CAFE WAS HELD WITH TOPIC:
SHOULD WOMEN BE IN POLITICS?

Is the 40% quota for the less represented sex on the electoral lists of political parties a sufficient incentive for women to engage in politics in our society? Are women brave enough to face the obstacles of society in achieving their political ambitions? These were some of the questions asked by students of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Law, University of Zenica, Džemal Bijedić University in Mostar and students of the International Burch University in Sarajevo, at the second online Socrates Cafe held on May 21, 2020. Socrates Cafe aim is to help participants to discover new insights by questioning the topic from different perspectives, and in this way to strengthen their critical thinking, build attitudes, share their own and respect the opinions of other participants.
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May 2020

THE FIRST ONLINE SOCRATES CAFE WAS HELD WITH TOPIC:
SHOULD WOMEN BE IN POLITICS?

On May 20, 2020, the TPO Foundation held first online Socrates Cafe with students of the Faculty of Philosophy of University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Law from University of Zenica, Džemal Bijedić University in Mostar and students of the International Burch University in Sarajevo, as well as with university assistants. The goal of Socrates Cafe is to exchange ideas and views with students from different cities of BiH, in order to upgrade their knowledge, dialogically question the topic from different perspectives, as well as to change and develop their critical opinions and attitudes. The theme of Socrates' cafe was "Do women have a place in politics?"

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April 2020

AWARD COMPETITION FOR THE BEST VIDEO STORY
"LET ME TELL YOU HOW I FEEL"

TPO Foundation's Educational Center Thinkerica invites all middle and high school students in BiH to turn their emotions from isolation into a story and tell it in a video clip. Video stories will be posted on Thinkerica's Facebook page and those with the most likes will be rewarded. The competition remains open until May 5, 2020.
All additional information and conditions of the competition can be found on: NAGRADNI KONKURS.
All students who participate in the contest, alongside of the video story should also send their parent /caretaker consent.

March 2020

THE EIGHTH MARCH EXHIBITION AT THE INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY ENTITLED: ''HOW CAN WE SPEAK OF GENDER EQUALITY?''

We should not divide the rights on men's and women's, because they are all human rights and we should value them equally. On the occasion of March 8, Women's Day, International Burch University and the TPO Foundation organized an exhibition on "How Can We Speak of Gender Equality?" and a panel discussion of students "Do Men and Women Have the Same Worth?" on 10 March 2020. The inspiration for the exhibition is the message that is still being sent to women today and restrain them from exercising their rights even though they are legally equal to men.

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March 2020

THE BOOK LAUNCH: ''SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER - FEMINIST CRITICISM'' WRITTEN BY ZILKA SPAHIĆ ŠILJAK, AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ZENICA

""It is obvious that diplomacy is a male world," said Dr Ruth Wiseman, who was a special guest on the book launch "Sociology of Gender - Feminist Criticism" written by Zilka Spahić Šiljak. Book promotion was held on 9 of March 2020, on the occasion of International Women's Day at the Faculty of Law, University of Zenica. The promoters were: PhD Damir Kukić, PhD Spahija Kozlić, Dr Sabiha Husić and author of the book PhD Zilka Spahić Šiljak. The promotion was moderated by: assistant professor Dženana Radončić.
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March 2020

Celebration of the International Women's Day Entitled: ''How Can We Speak of Gender Equality'' in the High School for Textile, Leather, and Design

"When I decided to wear hijjab, people asked me if I did it for the money and whether my parents forced me to do it.", was the experience of the student which she shared with her colleagues on the open classroom in the name of the Eighth of March entitled: ''How Can We Speak of Gender Equality?'' organized by TPO Foundation. On 9 March, 2020, students of The Catholic School Centre St. Joseph and the High School for Textile, Leather, and Design, inspired by the exhibition ''How Can We Speak of Gender Equality?'', discussed the topics that talk about the importance of the woman in society and about the stereotypes which she faces.

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March 2020

BOOK LAUNCH – "SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER" IN ZENICA

March 2020

EIGHTH MARCH EXHIBITION: ''HOW CAN WE SPEAK OF GENDER EQUALITY?''
HELD IN THE SECOND GYMNASIUM SARAJEVO


''Is it a punishment to be a woman today?, Why do men and women not do the same jobs? How much tradition affects a woman's future?'' were just some of the questions from the Eighth March Enquiry Session. On March 6, 2020, an exhibition was held in The Second Gymnasium in Sarajevo on the occasion of the Eighth of March entitled "How Can We Speak of Gender Equality?" and was followed by a critical enquiry session facilitated by Elmana Cerić. The participants were students of The Second Gymnasium Sarajevo.
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March 2020

EIGHTH MARCH EXHIBITION: ''HOW CAN WE SPEAK OF GENDER EQUALITY?''


''Capitalism grows, lasts and survives because of gender roles, and discrimination against women is already seen during job interviews by asking her if she plans to have children anytime soon'' was one of the statements in an open classroom, held on 5 March 2020 in the Third Gymnasium in Sarajevo, in partnership with the Second Gymnasium.
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February 2020

IV TOT TRAINING WITHIN EMIL PROGRAM: TILKA METHODOLOGY

Interculturalism as the test of democracy was a slogan of the fourth TOT training for strengthening intercultural and interreligious competencies. It was held on 8 and 9 February 2020 in Hotel Bristol, Sarajevo. TOT trainings are held as part of the EMIL programme (Ethos of Multicultural and Interreligious Learning) of TPO Foundation. 14 participants - professors that three Ministries for education recommended (CS, HNC and CBC), successfully completed the fourth training where have practiced TILKA methodology with professor Vesna Mikolič from the University of Trieste and Koper.
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January 2020

ACTIVITIES OF THE SAPERE PROGRAM, PHILOSOPHY FOR
CHILDREN P4C ARE CONTINUED

After a series of trainings aimed at developing the techniques of the SAPERE P4C Philosophy for Children program, the first certified group of SAPERE trainers, teachers from BiH secondary schools, in period from January 22-23, 2020 worked on enquiry simulations. All participants prepared one session each with a carefully selected stimulus that resulted fruitful dialogues. The goal of enquiry simulations is to develop and refine techniques and methodologies for facilitators. Through the roles of facilitators and participants, all present participants contributed to the realization of 11 dialogues.
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December 2019

BOOK LAUNCH "LIVING PRESENCE" IN BRCKO

Presence, heart awakening, mindfulness, huzur, remembrance, connection with the Source are the main themes of the book "Living Presence. Sufi path to Mindfulness", by Kabir Edmund Helminski, which is translated to Bosnian by Dželila Šiljak. TPO Foundation in collaboration with BZK Preporod Brčko organized the book launch on December 21, 2019. The book reviewers: professor Rešid Hafizović, PhD, Dr. Amra Delić promoted the book and professor Zilka Spahić Šiljak, PhD addressed the audience on behalf of the publisher, TPO Foundation.  Edhem Vilić moderated the event.
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December 2019

BOOK LAUNCH – THE BOSNIAN LABYRINTH: CULTURE, GENDER AND LEADERSHIP' IN TUZLA

A leader is not born, a leader is made. This is a well-known conclusion of international research on leadership, and it has been confirmed with the first comparative research project on leadership, politics and business titled "Bosnian labyrinth: culture, gender and leadership", edited by professor Zilka Spahić Šiljak and coauthored by dr. Suada Penava and professor Jasna Kovačević. The second launch of this book was organized in cooperation with the National and University Library "Derviš Sušić" in Tuzla and the association of female citizens "Feminine Vision" on December 12, 2019. The launch was moderated by Mirna Trifković, library director, and the promoters were: professor Adisa Delić from the Faculty of Economics of University of Tuzla, Ernesa Mešić, sociology professor and specialist for psychosocial rehabilitation, and mr.sci. Sanja Hajdukov, a successful author and founder of Erazmo educational center.
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December 2019

"PEER AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE: FROM REACTION TO PREVENTION" CONFERENCE COMPLETED

TPO Foundation, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the HNC, organized a conference "Peer and Gender Based Violence: From Reaction to Prevention" on 12.12.2019. at the Cultural Center of Mostar in Mostar. The results of the same titled TPO Foundation three - year project were discussed at the conference. They shared experiences, knowledge, skills, beautiful moments, friendships that were gained through work, effort, will and desire through this project. The conference was the occasion to tell another positive story, which lasted for three years in three cantons: KS, HNC, CBC, in which the main role was played by pedagogues and teachers who did their best to learn how to help children in their schools not to suffer or commit violence.  Overall, the project involved 1000 teachers, 5000 students and 1150 parents.
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Decembar 2019

WINERS OF BEST VIDEO COMPETITION ON THE TOPIC: GRATITUDE

Based on the contest launched by the TPO Foundation for the Best Video on the topic of ''Gratitude'', in September 2019, a jury composed of: Maja Abadžija (President), Fatima Bilčević (Member 1) and Zoran Ćatić (Member 2) decided the best videos in both categories. The awards were presented to the winners at the conference "Peer and Gender - Based Violence: From Reaction to Prevention" held in Mostar, on December 12, 2019.

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December 2019

THE FINAL BASELINE STUDY REPORT: PEER AND GENDER BASED
VIOLENCE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN B&H


Završna Baseline studija je imala za cilj ispitati uspješnost trogodišnjeg projekta "Vršnjačko i rodno zasnovano nasilje" u 31 školi u tri kantona: KS, HNK/HNŽ i SBK/KSB, ukazati na pozitivne prakse koje su doprinijele rješavanju problema u vezi sa nasiljem i alarmirati institucije i školske zajednice na nove izazove s kojima se mlade generacije susreću. Studija također podstiće da se u najkraćem roku poduzmu novi koraci ka uočavanju i suzbijanju svih potencijalnih prijatnji koje za posljedicu imaju nasilje nad djecom.
Iako rezultati studije govore da je osviještenost o nasilju u školama učesnicama projekta mnogo veća, da se nasilje više prijavljuje, da je fizičko nasilje znatno smanjeno, da je trokut saradnje nastavnik – učenik – roditelj ojačan, da postoji saradnja između školske zajednice i institucija i da rodna pitanja više nisu nepoznanica, ipak postoje izazovi kojima se školske zajednice ne mogu adekvatno oduprijeti.
U budućnosti imamo tu odgovornost da iskoristimo sve svoje kapacitete i sučimo se s tim izazovima kako bi pridonijeli što kvalitetnijoj školskoj zajednici bez nasilja.

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