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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

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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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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June 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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March 2017

 THE THIRD MODULE OF TRAINING
OF TRAINERS ''GLOBAL ETHIC AT SCHOOL''

In order to establish a dialogue and scientific platform together with teachers from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina, the TPO Foundation successfully organized the third training of trainers "Global Ethic at School" in Konjic (17.- 19.03. 2017.). Unlike the previous meetings that were realized through lectures and reflections on various issues related to gender equality, social justice, human rights and peace education, participants and participants from several bh. cities had a unique opportunity to participate in interactive lectures dedicated to open issues which are related to Ecology, dialogue of religions as well as foundations in monotheistic and other world religions for ecologically conspicuous life and in dialogue.
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March 2017

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

After the realization of first global ethic workshop for teachers of primary schools, TPO Foundation  in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Herzegovina – Neretva Canton has organized on March 11 - 12, 2017 second global ethic workshop for teachers of primary schools. Eighteen religious, history and Bosnians language teachers were exploring different areas and aspects of global ethic in educational and social context. Since these teachers working in elementary schools in Mostar, Rama, Čitluk and Konjic lecturers tried to cover different aspects of global ethic and enable dialogue and exchange of experiences and knowledge in the field of peace education.

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March 2017

THE THIRD GLOBAL ETHIC WORKSHOP FOR
PRIMARY SCHOOLS OF SARAJEVO CANTON


In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton on March 9-10, 2017, TPO Foundation organized third Global Ethic workshop for primary school teachers of Sarajevo Canton.
Pedagogues, social workers and teachers of history from eleven primary schools actively participated in this seminar and questioned various aspects of successful integration of this program into the existing BH education system.

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March 2017

TPO FOUNDATION COMMEMORATED THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY: SOCIAL JUSTICE AND LABOUR RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND MEN IN B&H

How does the current government treat the labour rights of women and men? Is there a long-term concept to solve these problems in a country where the news on bankruptcy are a daily routine? What are parental and gender rights of women workers? How much the reform agenda does not solve the issues and why is there such a resistance to commemoration of this day? Those were the issues discussed at the activities organised by TPO Foundation on the occasion of International Women's Day.

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March 2017

INVITATION THE PANEL DISCUSSION ''SOCIAL JUSTICE AND LABOUR RIGHTS
OF WOMEN AND MEN IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA''



Recognised as the International Women's Day March 8 is a day when we remind ourselves of historical battle of women for equality in society but also that this struggle is not yet over. Women are still legally discriminated in many parts of the world and in some countries; although they have formally equal legal rights as men it is just a dead letter. Therefore join us in a panel discussion ''Social Justice and Labour Rights of Women and Men in Bosnia and Herzegovina'' on the occasion of the International Women's Day at the hotel Bosnia at 10 a.m. (08-03-2017)

March 2017

TTHE FIRST GLOBAL ETHIC WORKSHOP FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS OF HERZEGOVINA-NERETVA CANTON


After the realisation of educational cycle of global ethic integration into teaching processes of secondary schools in Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, TPO Foundation in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Herzegovina – Neretva Canton initiated the cooperation with primary schools in this canton. Therefore the first global ethic workshop for teachers of primary schools of this canton was organised on March 4 - 5, 2017 in Mostar.


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March 2017

THE SECOND GLOBAL ETHIC WORKSHOP FOR
PIRMARY SCHOOLS OF SARAJEVO CANTON


The second global ethic workshop for primary school teachers of Sarajevo Canton was organised on March 2-3, 2017 due to three – year cooperation between TPO Foundation and Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton. Teachers of Islamic and Catholic religion and pedagogues of ten primary schools from Sarajevo Canton had an opportunity to adopt various information related to successful integration of global ethic into formal educational processes and to improve already existing teaching methods.

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February 2017

ETOS OF GENDER EQUALITY IN SARAJEVO



Oppression, exclusion and subordination of women is justified even today in the name of religion and God and every single step forward and discussion about these themes cause discomfort and fear. Fear of being recognized as a feminist, fear of losing the acquired position, fear one will not be desirable for marriage and partnership with the point of view that counteracts discrimination based on religion prevail.


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February 2017

ANTI STRESS TRAINING OF TRAINERS IN KONJIC

A line of exercises, a line of creative expression, a line of proper breathing, a line of conversation and a line of laughter. This would be a short description of a three-day anti stress training of trainers (TOT) for pedagogues from Herzegovina-Neretva Canton from 10 schools that was organised by TPO Foundation in Konjic on February 22-24, 2017. In order to treat adequately the challenges they are faced with in their everyday work, pedagogues must develop the protection mechanisms and find proper response to stressful situations. In accordance with that the response was provided within this very training.
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February 2017

ETOS OF GENDER EQUALITY IN MOSTAR


It is emphasized that religions have potential to promote gender equality if their interpretations are inclusive and universalistic during the seminar on gender equality held in Mostar on February 09, 2017. IMIC Center Zajedno, TPO Foundation and Youth Forum Mostar with the support of Ecumenical Woman's Initiative gathered students and teachers from Herzegovina-Neretva Canton to discuss gender, gender theories and gender identities themes from the perspective of science and religious tradition of Christianity and Islam.

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January 2017

THE SECOND MODULE OF TRAINING
OF TRAINERS ''GLOBAL ETHIC AT SCHOOL''


Peacebuilding, emancipation and responsibility of human beings toward local and global world, gender equality in secular and religious discourse and its significance represent the spectre of themes that marked the second module of Training of Trainers ''Global Ethic at School'' (27.-29.02.2017). The lecturers on this module were Professor Nerzuk Ćurak, Zilka Spahić – Šiljak, PhD, Alen Kristić, MA and Monja Šuta – Hibert.



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January 2017

ETOS OF GENDER EQUALITY IN TUZLA CANTON

How to achieve gender equality, what is the role of religion in teaching gender equality and how to reconcile secular and religious argument to empower women and men for ethos of partnership in family and community? These questions were discussed during the one-day seminar on Ethos of gender equality for schoolteachers in Tuzla Canton that was conducted on January 25, 2017. TPO Foundation in collaboration with IMIC Zajedno from Sarajevo, Omladinski forum Mostar and the Pedagogical Institute Tuzla organized the seminar and Ecumenical Woman's Initiative from Omiš financially supported the project.
This seminar falls into the broader Global ethic program that empowers male and female teachers on humanity, non-violence, and gender equality. Seminar facilitators Zilka Spahić Šiljak, PhD and Drago Bojić PhD presented how to use secular and religious resources to pursue partnership of women and men instead of hierarchy and exclusion and what are the resources in Christianity and Islam that can contribute to gender equality debate.
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January 2017

THIRD SEMINAR ON GLOBAL ETHIC FOR
PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN TUZLA CANTON

From January 23 do 24, 2017 TPO Foundation conducted the third Global ethic seminar for primary school teachers. Over twenty teachers who teach philosphy, sociology, Bosnian, English, and German language as well as physics and general classes learned more about the core values of humanity and reciprocity. With adequate methodology and literature they got empowered to integrate universal messages of Global Ethic in the existing subjects they teach. The seminar is conducted by Zilka Spahić Šiljka, PhD, Monja Šuta-Hibert, MA, and the guest lecturer Drago Bojić, PhD.

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January 2017

SECOND ANTISTRESS SEMINAR IN CANTON SARAJEVO

We gathered again a group of excellent teachers and pedagogues from primary schools of Canton Sarajevo. TPO Foundation organized the second Antistress seminar on from January 18-20, 2017 led by Amra Delić, who works at the Clinic of psychiatry and psychotherapy at the Medical School Greifswald in Germany and she is also a research fellow of EU Marie Sklodowska Curie Action "Children born of war" and Zilka Spahić - Šiljak. The goal was to help them to become aware of their stressors and to learn how to handle them both in privatre lives and in their schools. Only empowered teachers and pedagogues can properly address the challaenges of peer and gender-based violence. These are the themes they will be working on in the next three years in collaboration with TPO Foundation team.
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January 2017

THE SECOND WORKSHOP OF GLOBAL ETHIC
FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS OF TUZLA CANTON

TPO Foundation continues its work successfully in 2017 after successful cooperation and initial workshops ''Global Ethic at Primary Schools''. In accordance with that the second workshop ''Global Ethic at School'' for primary school teachers of Tuzla Canton was organised on January 16-17, 2017. 23 teachers of Islamic and Catholic religious teaching, and subjects Society, Culture and Religion, Civil Education, Mathematics, BCS language, Informatics, History, German language and Chemistry had an opportunity to acquire knowledge related to global ethic and its potentials in education as well as some of teaching and learning methodologies characteristic of collaborative work approach. Workshops were held by Professor Zilka Spahić – Šiljak, Monja Šuta - Hibert, MA and accompanied by guest lecturers Izet Numanović's who is an expert advisor in Pedagogical Institute of Tuzla Canton and friar Franjo Ninić, a Catholic theologian.
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January 2017

ANTI-STRESS SEMINARS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS

Do we know what stress is, how to recognize stressors, how to cope with stressful situations, what the techniques and strategies to use for dealing with stress and preventing accumulation of stress and how to mitigate its consequences? These were the questions discussed by teachers and pedagogues from Canton Sarajevo, Tuzla Canton and Herzegovina-Neretva Canton. Anti-stress seminars are organized by TPO Foundation from Sarajevo in collaboration with the Ministry of education, science and youth of the Canton Sarajevo and with the support of the Norwegian Government. The first seminar was held starting on January 04-06, 2017 for teachers and pedagogues from ten schools. Only a teacher who is empowered and who has support from her/his school community can properly address problems of peer and gender-based violence.
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December 2016

VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN UNDER THE MASK OF A SMILE:
THE AWARDED COMIC BY AMINA GANIĆ


This year's winner of ''Awaken Your Humanity, Initiate, Change'' competition, Amina Ganić is a first grade student of Dobrinja Gymnasium in Sarajevo, Department of Performing Arts. Amina sends the message it is the high time we awakened, moved and stopped closing our eyes in front of violence that happens all the time and is usually directed against women and children. Children are mostly affected because they grow up in unhealthy surroundings in which violence is acceptable behaviour. Amina's comic invites teachers primarily to recognise child's suffering which might be deeply hidden under the mask of a smile.

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December 2016

TPO FOUNDATION TOGETHER WITH SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS
FROM B&H MARKED HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

TPO Foundation ended this year's campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender based Violence by commemoration of International Human Rights Day and reminded present ones how positive social trends are unimaginable without constant fight for protection of human rights and battles against all forms of violence among which is violence against women and girls. The promotion of collection of stories and comic narrations entitled ''Everything We Do (not) Want to Know'' as well as the collective exhibition of the best comics from the competition ''Awaken Your Humanity, Initiate, Change!'' were organised and five best comics were declared.
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December 2016

THE MARCH ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAYS IS HELD IN SARAJEVO

On Saturday, December 10, 2016 TPO Foundation joined the march ''Human Rights on Agenda'' in collaboration with Sarajevo Open Center, Foundation CURE and many other NGOs. The march started from the Academy of Art at noon and ended in front of the Institutions of BiH. Participants read some of the march messages in order to draw attention of BiH government that they have to apply domestic laws and international human rights norms, and in particular women's rights, worker's rights and minority right including sexual minorities. TPO message this year was in a short message: ''Awaken Your Humanity''. Human rights cannot be taken partially. It is a package to preserve the dignity of every human being.
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December 2016

THE THIRD OPEN CLASSROOM IN THE MUSEUM OF LITERATURE AND PERFORMING ARTS B&H

Life and work of B&H poetess Razija Handžić was the occasion for gathering of students from Railway School Centre in the Museum of Literature and Performing Arts B&H on December 08, 2016 within the international campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender based Violence. TPO Foundation organised the third open classroom for secondary school students in order to promote female creative endeavour that is unfortunately extruded from memory and schoolbooks. The founder of the Museum Razija Handžić is an example of how women and their creative endeavour have been systematically erased and marginalised.
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December 2016

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

More than 500 students from 24 B&H schools engaged themselves in issues of gender based and peer violence together with their teachers during the campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender based Violence under the motto AWAKEN YOUR HUMANITY, INITIATE, CHANGE. In cooperation with Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Pedagogical Institute of Tuzla Canton and Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton TPO Foundation implemented a string of educational activities in primary and secondary schools from Herzegovina-Neretva, Tuzla and Sarajevo Cantons. On December 07, 2016 all schools organised small campaigns for their students and teachers within this very campaign.
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December 2016

BOGEY FEMITEACHING AT THE FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY IN ZENICA

The open classroom with students from Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zenica that was organised on December 06, 2016 showed that gender equality, violence against women and other related themes are still bogey and unease. This year students had an opportunity to see the animations of comics from the edition Bogey FemiTeaching that TPO Foundation prepared in order to problematize important issues of women human rights and discrimination of minorities. In conversations that professor Edisa Gazetić and TPO Foundation project coordinator Melika Šahinović had with students it was shown how tension between cultural norms and standards of universal human rights is powerful. 
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November 2016

THE SECOND OPEN CLASSROOM IN THE MUSEUM OF LITERATURE AND PERFORMING ARTS B&H

The second open classroom for young people from Secondary School of Textile, Leather and Design from Sarajevo was organised on November 30, 2016 in the Museum of Literature and Performing Arts B&H. The open classrooms are a part of educational activities within this year's campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender based Violence conducted by TPO Foundation in cooperation with the Museum of Literature and Performing Arts B&H. The aim of the classroom is to raise awareness about female creative endeavour in B&H literature and learning about female writers who contributed to the cultural development in B&H. The classroom was place of conversation about educational curricula and gender issues in language, literature and dominant male norms and culture. The young people talked to the director of the Museum Šejla Šehabović and curator Zlatan Delić about reasons why female writers were banished from memory although there is evidence about their work and deeds. Students saw the exhibition ''Razija Handžić's Poetry and Museum'' and permanent exhibitions. The third open classroom is scheduled for December 8, 2016 when the Museum welcomes students from Railway School Centre.

November 2016

THE FIRST OPEN CLASSROOM IN THE MUSEUM OF
LITERATURE AND PERFORMING ARTS B&H

On the occasion of 16 Days of Activism campaign, TPO Foundation, beside its programmes of empowering and promotion of gender equality, will direct this year's activities to education of young people in B&H. Three open classrooms were planned in cooperation with the Museum of Literature and Performing Arts B&H where young people will have an opportunity to talk about invisible and forgotten female writers and reasons why there are no texts of B&H female writers in school curricula. The aim of open classrooms is to affirm young people for female creative endeavour that contributed to B&H cultural and literature development.
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November 2016

EXHIBITION "RAZIJA HANDŽIĆ'S POETRY AND MUSEUM"

On Monday, November 28, 2016 TPO Foundation in cooperation with the Museum of Literature and Performing Arts BiH and Sarajevo Open Centre opened an exhibition "Razija Handžić's Poetry and Museum" within the international campaign ''16 Days of Activism against Gender based Violence''. Exhibition represents commemoration and tribute to women who contributed to cultural development in B&H, the promotion of women's work in B&H literature and it is one of the ways to keep B&H female writer's work from oblivion.
Opening exibition video:
https://youtu.be/GHjkXCyd1GM

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November 2016

TPO FOUNDATION IN COOPERATION WITH MUSEUM OF LITERATURE AND THEATRE IN B&H INVITES YOU TO THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION ''RAZIJA HANDŽIĆ'S POETRY AND MUSEUM'' ON NOVEMBER 28, 2016 AT 13:00 P.M.



For the first time in its 55 years Museum of Literature and Theatre B&H has produced the exhibition about its founder, poetess Razija Handžić. This last one exhibition in a string of author exhibitions by which we mark our jubilee tells a story about our remembering of our cultural workers.
In the times when our cultural institutions are systematically deconstructed we decided to rise against memory erasing.
Join us in marking women's contribution to culture, science and institutions: Museum of Literature and Theatre of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sime Milutinovića Sarajlije 7, November 28, 2016 at 13:00 P.M.
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November 2016

TPO REPRESENTS THE PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES ON THE OCCASION OF 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

16 Days of Activism against Gender based Violence is an international campaign marked by approximately 3700 organisations in more than 160 countries all over the world. It starts on November 25 which is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on December 10, International Human Rights Day and anniversary of Declaration of Human Rights.
TPO Foundation wants to raise awareness of citizens about violence consequences on individuals, families and society through its activities on the occasion of 16 Days of Activism. Participation of primary and secondary schools in B&H as important places of secondary socialisation where teachers, students and parents should work together in order to reduce various forms of gender based violence and make violence an unacceptable behaviour is particularly emphasized.
Violence is not solution for anything therefore TPO Foundation invites everyone to stand against surrounding violence effectively and help community through peace activities, educational programmes and fostering good.

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November 2016

MEDIA PEDAGOGY WORKSHOPS IN SARAJEVO

Since we witness (non)culture of violence permeating entire society on a daily basis TPO Foundation decided to join forces with teachers from three cantons and do something about prevention and reduction of violence at B&H schools. After successfully implemented media pedagogy workshops in Mostar and Tuzla a meeting with Sarajevo teachers followed. Together with the team from the Centre of Cultural and Media Decontamination teachers converted their experiences and anecdotes into future films that will be used in educational process and to raise awareness about violence.

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November 2016

THE SECOND SET OF MEDIA PEDAGOGY WORKSHOPS IN MOSTAR

Prevention and Reduction of Violence at Schools is a three-year project implemented by TPO Foundation in cooperation Pedagogical Institute of Tuzla Canton and Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton. The action plan and pedagogical-preventive measures against violence at schools were set up after the process of strategical planning. The first activities within this project are media pedagogy workshops whose aim is to encourage teachers for using audio-visual materials and their individual creating. The second set of media pedagogy workshops was organised in Mostar on November 03 and 07, 2016 in cooperation with Centre for Cultural and Media Decontamination.
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November 2016

AGREEMENT OF TPO FOUNDATION AND MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND SPORT OF CANTON SARAJEVO ON PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE AT SCHOOLS

TPO Foundation signed the agreement with Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Sarajevo Canton on November 01, 2016. The agreement represents joint commitment for realisation of various educational and pedagogical contents in the field of peer violence prevention for teachers and parents of students in all primary and secondary schools of Sarajevo Canton. ''Ministry of Education, Science and sport of Sarajevo Canton and TPO Foundation will plan and agree upon implementation of joint programme activities that will include educative workshops and making of educational materials for teaching staff and parents, expert seminars and conferences, guest lectures and promotions of various educational publications in this field'', said minister Kazazović. The goal is to strengthen educational work at schools related to peer violence prevention as well as parental and teachers' competences. Agreed activities will be realised during this and next school year.

October 2016

THE FIRST GLOBAL ETHIC WORKSHOP FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS
IN TUZLA CANTON



The first Global Ethic workshop for primary schools in Tuzla canton was organised on October 29-30, 2016 and 24 teachers of various subjects attended it. The workshop was held in premises of Pedagogical Institute of Tuzla canton and workshop itself as well as the project is implemented by TPO Foundation after successfully conducted GE workshops in four cantons (Sarajevo, Tuzla, Zenica-Doboj and Herzegovina-Neretva) for more than 200 teachers.


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October 2016

THE FIRST SET OF MEDIA PEDAGOGY WORKSHOPS IN MOSTAR

Prevention and Reduction of Violence at Schools is a three-year project implemented by TPO Foundation in cooperation Pedagogical Institute of Tuzla Canton and Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton. The action plan and pedagogical-preventive measures against violence at schools were set up after the process of strategical planning. The first activities within this project are media pedagogy workshops whose aim is to encourage teachers for using audio-visual materials and their individual creating. After successfully implemented workshops in Tuzla, the story continues in Mostar where the first set of workshops was organised on October 26-27, 2016 in cooperation with Centre for Cultural and Media Decontamination.

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October 2016

THE SECOND SET OF MEDIA PEDAGOGY WORKSHOPS


Implementation of media pedagogy workshops within the project ''Prevention and Reduction of Violence at Schools'' continued in Tuzla on October 19 and 20, 2016. It is one part of a three-year project implemented by TPO Foundation Sarajevo in cooperation with Pedagogical Institute of Tuzla Canton and Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton and the very workshops are implemented in cooperation with Centre for Cultural and Media Decontamination (CKMD).

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October 2016

THE FIRST SET OF MEDIA PEDAGOGY WORKSHOPS


On October 12 and 13, 2016 the implementation of the first media pedagogy workshops in Tuzla began within three-year project ''Prevention and Reduction of Violence at Schools'' implemented by TPO Foundation Sarajevo after agreed cooperation with Pedagogical Institute of Tuzla Canton and Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton. Ten teachers from 10 schools in Tuzla Canton attended each one-day workshop. Workshops are implemented in cooperation with Centre for Cultural and Media Decontamination (CKMD).

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October 2016

CALL FOR A STRIP COMPETITION:
RAISE, MOVE, CHANGE

On the occasion of Human Rights Day TPO Foundation Sarajevo within its Project "Initiative for Creative Dialogue" (ICDE), launches the call for competition and invites all interested youth from 15 to 21 years old who live in Bosnia and Herzegovina to apply with their comic book drawings on the following theme: RAISE, MOVE, CHANGE!
Use your creativity, and think about violence in our society and express yourself in the form of comic book drawings!

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October 2016

CONVERSATION WITH MYRA STROBER - BOOK LAUNCH ''SHARING THE WORK''

Myra Strober, professor at Stanford University and the author of the book "Sharing the Work – What My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others)" joined us last night (October, 6th 2016) in online conversation for the book launch organized by Deloitte and TPO Foundation.
How to have a career and a family, how to make networks of support, how to fight discrimination in male dominated working settings, and how to build one's own leadership style are the questions that were discussed during the book launch in the hotel ''Europe'' in Sarajevo.
Aida Spahic, one of the translators of the book together with Zilka Spahic Siljak facilitated the event and the conversation with Myra Strober. The book was discussed by Sabina Softic, the Deloitte partner in the Adriatic region and Jasna Kovacevic, lecturer at the School of Economics in Sarajevo and Zilka Spahic Siljak, associate professor and researcher at Stanford University and program director of TPO Foundation.
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September 2016

THE FIRST MODULE OF TRAINING OF
TRAINERS – GLOBAL ETHIC AT SCHOOL

The first module of educational cycle Training of Trainers – Global Ethic at School was organised by TPO Foundation from September 29, 2016 to October 01, 2016 in Franciscan monastery ''St. Bonaventure'' in Visoko. Fifteen teachers from four cantons (Sarajevo, Tuzla, Zenica – Doboj, Hezegovina – Neretva) had an opportunity to learn about basics of andragogic methodology, philosophy, human rights and social justice from religious and secular point of view and lecturers were experts in the abovementioned subjects: Mirjana Mavrak, Spahija Kozlić, Fr. Mile Babić, Zilka Spahić – Šiljak, Emina Abrahamsdotter, Monja Šuta – Hibert and Alen Kristić. The goal of this three-day educational cycle was training of future lecturers at Global Ethic workshops who will teach and promote various possibilities of Global Ethic integration in school educational system in the future.
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September 2016

THE FIRST WORKSHOP OF GLOBAL ETHIC AT PRIMARY
SCHOOLS OF SARAJEVO CANTON

After successful cooperation with Pedagogical Institutes and Ministries of Education, Science, Culture and Sport in Sarajevo, Tuzla, Zenica and Mostar and after implemented workshops for more than two hundred high school teachers and professors TPO Foundation managed to ensure resources and conditions for the new phase of project GLOBAL ETHIC AT SCHOOL. Therefore, on September 24-25, 2016 the first workshop of Global Ethic at School for primary schools in Sarajevo Canton was organised and 22 teachers of Islamic and Catholic religion and subject Society, Culture and Religion attended it.  

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September 2016

BROCHURE - INTERDISCIPLINARY CLASSROOM
Zenica – Zagreb – Beograd

September 2016

THE THIRD INTERDISCIPLINARY CLASSROOM IN BELGRADE

The third interdisciplinary classroom ''Politicised Memories: Battle for the Territory of Collective Memory'' was organised by TPO Foundation on Thursday, September 15, 2016 in Belgrade. The classroom gathered students from B&H, Croatia and Serbia in one place once again and the setup of lecturers did not lag behind previous two classrooms so this time at the desk were Dubravka Stojanović, Sonja Biserko, Staša Zajović, Milivoje Bešlin, Momir Samardžić and Milovan Pissari. Discussed themes were representation of different history nad its facts in history schoolbooks, the Holocaust of Roma which is regularly concealed in the public and school syllabi, feminist approach of facing the history, historical revisionism and political use of the past, dissolution of Yugoslavia in the context of international relations and standardisation of language by the end of 19th century and beginning of 20th century as an example of national identity creation. >> MORE

September 2016

BJORN KRONDORFER'S REFLECTIONS ON TRAUMA AND MEMORIES IN BIH




One of the panelists at the international conference "Trauma, Memory and Healing organized by TPO Foundation in Sarajevo from July 12-14, 2016, was university professor Bjorn Krondorfer from Northern Arizona University. In his text published by the Center of International Education professor Krondorfer speaks about scares of the war that marked the lives of Bosnian citizens and about difficulties they have to heal their traumas.

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September 2016

WOMEN ENTERPRENEURSHIP FAIR IN NORTHERN B&H

The project ''Women Economical Strengthening for Peace in Communities'' implemented by TPO Foundation during the past year in cooperation with WA ''Posavski cvijet (Flower of Posavina)'' in Orašje, Domaljevac and Donji Žabari and supported by the Embassy of Kingdom of Norway in Sarajevo was officially concluded by the Women Entrepreneurship Fair on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Mayor of municipality Orašje Đuro Topić, TPO Foundation programme director Zilka Spahić – Šiljak, the head of Department for Economy and Infrastructure Pero Baotić and president of WA ''Posavski cvijet '' Mandica Živković addressed to the present ones. After the addressing the performance of the folklore group from primary school ''Vidovice'' followed and then the fair was opened for the public. >> MORE

September 2016

BECOME A SCHOOL OF GLOBAL ETHIC

Do you want your school to be renowned by the activities realised through the promotion of universal ethical values, pedagogical work and activities emphasizing primarily the universal ethical self-consciousness of teachers and students and encouraging critical opinion? Do you need help and support to empower school daily life additionally on the foundations of humanity, universality, non-violence, solidarity and tolerance? Do you want your school to be recognised by the activities implemented in tolerance towards minorities in the local community? If your answers are positive then we invite you warmly to apply and be Global Ethic School. >> MORE

September 2016

PREVENTION AND REDUCTION OF GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AT SCHOOLS PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

TPO Foundation in cooperation with Pedagogical Institute of Tuzla Canton and Ministry of Education of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton has begun realisation of three-year project of gender-based violence prevention and reduction at schools at the end of August and beginning of September, 2016. On that occasion representatives of Pedagogical Institute of Tuzla Canton, Ministry of Education of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton as well as teachers and pedagogues of twenty partner primary and secondary schools attended the meetings of strategic planning. Meetings of strategic planning resulted in joint action plan and established programme activities that will be realised in the next three years and will be supported by the official educational structures in the abovementioned cantons. >> MORE

July 2016

SUMMER SCHOOL: DEMYTHOLOGIZING OF NATIONS AND IDENTITIES:
BOSNIA IN THE EUROPEAN MEDIAEVAL PERIOD

Summer school entitled Demythologizing of Nations and Identities: Bosnia in the European Mediaeval Period was organised by TPO Foundation and University of Zenica in the period July 15 – 19, 2016. The school gathered students from B&H, Serbia, Croatia, Germany, Australia, Italy, Austria, Poland, and while at the rostrum were relevant experts in the field of Middle Ages, language, literature and history in general. There was a visit to the mass grave ''Tomašica'' and camp ''Trnopolje'' in Prijedor and to Banja Luka where students could hear about traumas, historical facts as well as coping with the past. >> MORE

July 2016

THE CONCLUSION OF THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ''TRAUMA, MEMORY AND HEALING IN THE BALKANS AND BEYOND''

The second international conference ''Trauma, Memory and Healing in the Balkans and Beyond'' is concluded by the visit to Srebrenica and meeting with women from the association ''Snaga žene'' organised by TPO Foundation in cooperation with University of Boston (USA), University of Zenica (B&H), George Mason University (USA), Center of Justice and Peace building at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia (USA), Vrije University Amsterdam (Netherlands), Documenta (Croatia) and Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (USA). During the three days of lectures and discussions, acknowledged experts in the areas of psychosocial therapy, psychology, psychiatry, history, sociology, anthropology, gender studies and art were speaking of dealing with traumatic experiences of individuals and communities in various cultural i political contexts and how those experiences can be helpful to people in B&H and region. Stating the final conclusions of the conference, TPO Foundation programme director Zilka Spahić – Šiljak said that by the beginning of 2017 the collection of conference papers will be available in English and BCS languages and that all materials and information on this theme will be available online.
Videos with the presentations can be found here.
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July 2016

CONFERENCE: "TRAUMA, MEMORY AND HEALING IN
THE BALKANS AND BEYOND" ANNOUNCEMENT

The scars of trauma from the violence of three wars in the last century are deep and overlapping in the Balkan region. From a historical perspective, the experiences of pain and great loss on all sides in these armed conflicts and repressive regimes means that whole communities carry the all-encompassing impact of trauma in their very atomies and psyches, which call out for recognition and healing. This reality, mixed with the instrumentalization of suffering into victimhood, creates a social dynamic lacking the safety and trust conditional for collective healing. Instead, it may lead to future conflict, through the perpetuation of vicious cycles of violence. In order to open a process of recovery, a social environment is needed that positively confirms the authenticity of individual trauma/s as well as the credibility of traumatic group narratives. TPO Foundation and her distinguished partners take up this theme in the Second international conference on the theme of trauma, memory and healing, 12-14 July 2016, held at the Catholic School Center in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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July 2016

BOOK LAUNCH INVITATION WE CHILDREN BORN OF OCCUPATION:
STORIES OF OCCUPATION SOLDIERS' SONS AND DAUGHTERS
 

TPO Foundation Sarajevo is pleased to invite you to the book launch We Children Born of Occupation: Stories of Occupation Soldiers' Sons and Daughters by author Ute Baur – Timmerbrink. This book narrates the stories of children born of occupation who have never reconciled with the unresolved issues of their origin. Twelve selected portraits as well as two theoretical chapters have portrayed the children born of occupation in Germany and Austria after Second World War and presented their lives and enormous yearning for the truth. The book launch speakers are: Ute Baur – Timmerbrink, the book author Dr. Heide Glaesmer, psychologist and psychotherapist Amra Delić, a psychiatrist Monja Šuta – Hibert, the moderator and translator of this very book The promotion will take place at Bošnjački institut (Mula Mustafe Bašeskije 21, Sarajevo) on July 11, 2016 at 19:00 p. m. WELCOME!
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July 2016

THE PREMIERE OF DOCUMENTARY ''FEMALE BOSNIAN MUSLIM
RITES – LEARNING, RECITATION AND TEACHING IN SARAJEVO''

TPO Foundation presented the premiere of the feature-length documentary on Bosnian Muslim women's religious tradition titled "Female Bosnian Muslim Rites-Learning, Recitation and Teaching in Sarajevo" on July 8, 2016 in the Bosniac Institute in Sarajevo. The film was co-authored by Professor Zilka Spahić-Šiljak, PhD, and Professor Catharine Raudvere, PhD, and produced by Copenhagen University on cooperation with the Carlsberg Foundation. It follows the women of Sarajevo's "mevlud" tradition, for example bula Ramiza Šećerović and bula Enisa Meštrovac, with a particular emphasis on the work of hadži Aiša hanuma Fočakovka and Mediha hanuma Silajdžić, who have led the religious rites of mevlud and tevhid for over 40 years and are the only living female members of the Medresa (Islamic college) class of 1948.
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July 2016

Film ANNOUNCEMENT - Female Bosnian Muslim rites:
learning, recitation and teaching in Sarajevo

June 2016

PROMOTION OF UN RESOLUTION 1325: THE FIRST PEACE ACTIVITY WITHIN THE PROJECT ''WOMEN'S ECONOMIC STABILITY FOR PEACEFUL COMMUNITY''


The first peace activity within the project ''Women's Economic Stability for Peaceful Community'' implemented by TPO Foundation was held in Orašje on June 28, 2016 and the purpose was promotion of UN Resolution 1325. The activity was donation of the books to the district primary school ''Fra Ilije Starčevića'' in Kostrč. The peace activity was organised by WA ''Posavski cvijet''.
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June 2016

THE SECOND INTERDISCIPLINARY CLASSROOM: "POLITICIZED MEMORIES: BATTLE FOR THE TERRITORY OF COLLECTIVE MEMORY" - ZagreB


We are pleased to announce the second Interdisciplinary Classroom "Politicized Memories: Battle for the Territory of Collective Memory"
organised by TPO Foundation and the Club of History Students – ISHA from Zagreb. The classrooms are organised within the PILAR programme whose focus is on the affirmation of the interdisciplinary approach in learning and research methods in socio-humanistic disciplines in all shapes of sociability in the area of ex Yugoslavia. The second Interdisciplinary Classroom will be held in Zagreb on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in the conference hall on the 2nd floor of the library at the Faculty of Philosophy beginning at 11:30.
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June 2016

% TOLERANCE TO VIOLENCE AT SCHOOLS

TPO Foundation and Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton have published the Guide through the Protocol of Conduct in Case of Violence at School for Children/Youth, Parents and Teachersentitled "0% Tolerance to Violence at Schools" and it is the result of their synergistic commitment and action. The very publication is intended primarily for children and youth, parents and teachers and it is the result of need to support already existing mechanisms and legal obligations for which schools of HNC agreed to implement. The guide was promoted on June 15, 2016 within the official Conference on Violence and Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Programme organised by Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton (HNC).
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April 2016

INTERDISCIPLINARY CLASSROOM: "POLITICIZED MEMORIES-THE BATTLE FOR THE TERRITORY OF COLLECTIVE MEMORY"

The first in the string of three interdisciplinary classrooms entitled "Politicized Memories -The Battle for the Territory of Collective Memory" was held in Zenica (The Museum of Zenica Town) on April 22, 2016. The classrooms are held within the PILAR programme and represent an overture to the international conference "Trauma, Memory and Healing in the Balkans" that will be held in July this year. The classroom was supported by TPO Foundation Sarajevo and organized in cooperation with Department of BCS Language and Literature at the University of Zenica. The panellists were respectable experts in the realm of neuropsychiatry, history, politics, law, religion and culture who tried to find and offer answers together with the students from Serbia, Croatia, Poland and B&H which direction we should take toward better and more tolerant co-existence.
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April 2016

VISIT OF NORWEGIAN DEPUTY HEAD OF MISSION TO ORAŠJE WITHIN THE PROJECT ''ECONOMICAL EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES''


The Deputy Head of Mission (The Royal Norwegian Embassy), Ms. Anne I. M. Havnør paid visit to Orašje on April 18, 2016 within the project ''Economical Empowerment of Women in Local Communities'' implemented by TPO Foundation Sarajevo. Ms. Havnør and TPO Foundation representatives met with the representatives of government in Posavina Canton and representatives of WA ''Posavski cvijet (Flower of Posavina)'' where they talked about the project results and future support of this project participants because gender equality matters to the economical development and prosperity. Exhibition of handicrafts and delicacies that are result of the creativity and diligence of the project participants as well as the visit to the family estates engaged in agriculture and horticulture supported by this project were the parts of this very visit.
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April 2016

THE SECOND ''GLOBAL ETHIC AT SCHOOL'' SEMINAR HELD IN MOSTAR


''Global Ethic at School''
seminar within the project ''Global Ethic at School: Integration of Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina'' for Herzegovina-Neretva canton was held on April 09-10, 2016 in Student hotel in Mostar organized by TPO Foundation Sarajevo. Inclusivity, dialogue and better integration of the global ethic into educational programmes were the key themes of this very seminar.
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April 2016

INTERDISCIPLINARY CLASSROOM ''POLITICIZED MEMORIES''

We are pleased to announce the Interdisciplinary Classroom ''Politicized Memories: Battle for the Territory of Collective Memory'' organized by TPO Foundation Sarajevo and Department of BCS language and literature at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zenica. The classrooms will be organized in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia during 2016 within the PILAR programme whose focus is on the affirmation of the interdisciplinary approach in learning and research methods in humanistic and social disciplines in all shapes of sociability in the area of ex Yugoslavia. The first classroom in the planned series of classrooms will be held in Zenica on Friday, April 22, 2016 in the Museum of Zenica Town at 11:00.

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April 2016

FIRST ''GLOBAL ETHIC AT SCHOOL'' SEMINAR HELD IN MOSTAR


''Global Ethic at School'' seminar within the project ''Global Ethic at School: Integration of the Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina'' was held on April 02-03, 2016 in Student hotel in Mostar for Herzegovina-Neretva canton. TPO Foundation team Alen Kristić, Monja Šuta-Hibert and Anja Maksić presented the project and its significance for multicultural B&H society.
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March 2016

THE SECOND "GLOBAL ETHIC AT SCHOOL" SEMINAR HELD IN ZENICA

The second ''Global Ethic at School'' seminar within the project ''Global Ethic at School: Integration of the Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina'' was held on March 19-20, 2016 for Zenica-Doboj canton in Zenica (hotel ''Zenica''). The new group of teachers had an opportunity to learn about global ethic and methods of creation of teaching units in various subjects of social and humanistic sciences from the lecturers Alen Kristić, Monja Šuta – Hibert and Anja Maksić.
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March 2016

''NIRA'' WORKSHOP IN THE COMPANY OF STUDENTS FROM THE THIRD GYMNASIUM SARAJEVO

"Nira" workshop was held on March 16, 2016 in the premises of TPO Foundation Sarajevo within the cooperation of TPO Foundation and secondary schools of Sarajevo Canton. This cooperation has begun within the initiation of ETOS Initiative which is a result of long term efforts by TPO Foundation team to open inclusive and available space for dialogue, critical thinking and information exchange related to the problem of local and global community. TPO Foundation programme director Zilka Spahć- Šiljak welcomed students and Monja Šuta-Hibert held the workshop. The focus of the work was directed towards the areas of youth activism and use of the comic books for the sake of education.
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March 2016

"GLOBAL ETHIC AT SCHOOL" SEMINAR HELD IN ZENICA


''Global Ethic at School'' seminar within the project ''Global Ethic at School: Integration of Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina'' was held on March 12 and 13, 2016 in Zenica (hotel ''Zenica'') for Zenica-Doboj Canton. The TPO Foundation professional team from Sarajevo-Alen Kristić, Monja Šuta-Hibert and Anja Maksić presented the project of global ethic to the teachers and its importance in promotion and living of universal values and worked on the demonstration of two sets of classes.
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March 2016

WHY FEMINISM? – by PORTAL taČno.net

March 2016

SEMINAR: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – WHY FEMINISM?


March 06, 2016. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Youth Forum Mostar in cooperation with TPO Foundation - Sarajevo organized a one-day seminar themed: “Why Feminism?” and assistant professors Zilka Spahić-Šiljak and Zlatiborka Popov-Momčinović were lecturers. The seminar hosts were Nikola Vučić and Marko Vrljak who gathered young people from Mostar and students from Universities of Mostar.
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February 2016

"WOMEN FOR PEACE AND STABILITY IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES:
PROJECT PROPOSALS WITHIN UNSCR 1325"

On February 19, 2016 in Orašje the workshop “Women for Peace and Stability in Local Communities: Project Proposals within UNSCR 1325” within the project “Economic Stability of Women as Contribution to Peace building in Community”. The participants were women from three northern B&H municipalities: Orašje, Domaljevac Šamac and Donji Žabari. The workshop was opened by Zilka Spahić-Šiljak, TPO Foundation programme director with the presentation on making projects with the purpose of peace prosperity in the community. >> MORE

February 2016

Interdisciplinary Classroom ''POLITICIZED MEMORIES: BATTLE FOR THE
COLLECTIVE MEMORY TERRITORY''

TPO Foundation and University of Zenica are planning to hold Interdisciplinary Classrooms in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia in 2016 within the framework of PILAR Programme whose focus is on the affirmation of the interdisciplinary approach in learning and research methods in social and humanistic disciplines in all forms of sociability in the area of former Yugoslavia. The objective of such approach is the building of public good that has been devastated systematically for over 20 years. In order to use human capital and resources in a better manner, particularly the one of young people, it is essential to provide quality knowledge, skills and competences that enable people to improve their own lives and public good through social inclusion of all population categories. An important step in that process is to abolish a fake division between academia and social community and to ensure equal approach to education for all. In this kind of approach, we assemble all existing platforms and initiatives that are interested for team work on public goods through the following programme themes: politics of memory and building of social solidarity, research of trauma in everyday life, cultural production and trauma testimony. >> MORE

February 2016

''WOMEN FOR PEACE AND STABILITY IN LOCAL COMMUNITY: UNSCR 1325'' WORKSHOP

TPO Foundation, within the project ''Economical Stability of Women as Contribution to Peacebuilding within Community'', held a two-day training for women from three Northern B&H municipalities: Orašje, Domaljevac Šamac and Donji Žabari on February 05-06, 2016. Majority of the attendees are participants of the programme for economical empowerment of women who have started their own small business or expanded thier existing ones and along with that, tey are going to contribute to peacebuilding in their communities. Two-day training entitled: ''Women for Peace and Stability in Local Communities:UNSCR 1325'' was aimed to encourage women through peace initiatives and referring to UN Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, speak about important issues of their communities and that through common efforts and exchange find the models of advocacy and changes they want to realize. The training was led by Zilka Spahić Šiljak from TPO Foundation and Radmila Žigić from Lara Bijeljina. >> MORE

December 2015

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AT SCHOOLS AND FACULTIES

TPO Foundation marked this year's international campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender based Violence under the motto ''What Are You Waiting For?'' in cooperation with schools, Faculties of Philosophy and Faculty of Political Sciences from three cantons (Sarajevo, Tuzla and Zenica – Doboj). Gender stereotypes, high level of gender based violence and violence in general and how to resist this social trend were some of the discussed themes. During sixteen days numerous open classrooms were organised where promotions of the publication ''Gender Stereotypes: Sounds Familiar?'' were held as well as Live Values activities implying workshops ''What Are You Waiting For?'' for students of seven partner primary and secondary schools. Students had an opportunity to learn more about what hides behind violence, how to have zero tolerance to it and they could feel everything that victim of violence undergoes through the elements of psycho drama and see what the victims of violence are faced with (shame, complete absence of understanding, rejection by society, fear, insufficient support etc.). The campaign was crowned with the commemoration of International Human Rights Day, i.e. exhibition of the best comics from the competition ''Comic Up the Violence'' and promotion of the second edition of ''Nira'' comic book and collection of stories ''Nira's Challenges''. On that occasion more than a hundred present students together with their teachers sent the message to the public: ''Let us end this silence and report violence because it matters!'' >> MORE

December 2015

PAINTING OF THE T-SHIRTS WITH THE MESSAGES OF ZERO TOLERANCE TOWARDS VIOLENCE IN THE FIRST BOSNIAK HIGH SCHOOL IN SARAJEVO

On December 15 and 17, 2015 a workshop of painting shirts with messages of zero tolerance towards violence was held in the First Bosniak High School. The workshop was a result of the international campaign ''16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence'' and TPO Foundation had a serie of activities traditionally and implemented it in cooperation with its partners. The efforts of the First Bosniak Gymnasium students as well as their creative achievements can be seen on the following photographs. >> MORE

December 2015

THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE ATTIRE OF THE T-SHIRTS WITH THE MESSAGES OF ZERO TOLERANCE TOWARDS VIOLENCE IN ŽIVINICE AND SARAJEVO

On the occasion of the International Day of Human Rights (December 10, 2015) workshops of t-shirts painting with messages containing zero tolerance for violence was held in Živinice Gymnasium and International School Sarajevo supported by TPO Foundation Sarajevo. The presentation on history and birth of the International Day of Human Rights was held as well in Živinice Gymnasium and special leaflets were made with the information about the International Day of Human Rights. How it looked like on the workshops and their colourfulness in the battle against violence, you can see in the continuation. >> MORE

December 2015

PROMOTION OF THE COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES ''NIRA'S CHALLENGES'' AND SECOND EDITION OF THE COMIC BOOK ''NIRA'' AND THE EXPOSITION OF THE COMICS FROM THE COMPETITION ''COMIC UP THE VIOLENCE!''

On December 10, 2015 TPO Foundation Sarajevo organized the promotion of the collection of short stories ''Nira's Challenges'' and the second edition of the comic book ''Nira'' in cooperation with Jewish Community Sarajevo on the occasion of the International Day of Human Rights. The exposition of the comics from the competition ''Comic Up the Violence!'' and announcement of winners was also a part of this ceremony. The promoters were the authors of these very publications, Pavle Kaunitz and Elma Softić-Kaunitz, Ferida Duraković, one of the reviewers and Neven Misaljević, one of the drawning authors. >> VIDEO
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December 2015

workshop of painting shirts in
the International High school Sarajevo

A workshop of painting shirts with anti-violence messages was held in the International High school Sarajevo, within the international campaign „16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence“ and the workshop „What Are You Waiting For“ organized by the TPO Foundation Sarajevo within the same campaign. The goal of this very campaign was awareness rising on gender based violence and violence in general. How the preparation and making of the shirts with anti – violence messages looked like and its results can be seen in continuation. >> MORE

December 2015

workshop of painting shirts in Srebrenik

A workshop of painting shirts with anti-violence messages was held in Srebrenik within the international campaign „16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence“ and the workshop „What Are You Waiting For“ organized by the TPO Foundation Sarajevo witihin the same campaign. The goal of this very campaign was awareness raising on gender based violence and violence in general. How the preparation and making of the shirts with anti – violence messages looked like and its results can be seen in continuation. >> MORE

December 2015

WORKSHOP "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?" IN the First Bosniak Gymnasium, Sarajevo

On the 8th December 2015 in the First Bosniak Gymnasium, Sarajevo, the “What Are You Waiting For?“ workshop was held, within the international campaign „16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence“. The workshop was led by the project coordinator and project assistant, Monja Šuta-Hibert and Jasmina Šarenkapa. The students of the above mentioned school attended the workshop and they had an opportunity to learn what violence implied, how to have zero tolerance for it and they got an insight into the links for further exploration and education. >> MORE

December 2015

WORKSHOP ''WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?'' IN SECONDARY MEDICAL SCHOOL ''JEZERO'' IN SARAJEVO

On December 9, 2015 in the PI Secondary Medical School Jezero, Sarajevo, the "What Are You Waiting For?" workshop was held, within the international campaign "16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence". The workshop was led by the project coordinator and project assistant, Monja Šuta-Hibert and Elvira Baručija. The students of the above mentioned school attended the workshop and they had an opportunity to learn what violence implied, how to have zero tolerance for it and they got an insight into the links for further exploration and education. >> MORE

December 2015

WORKSHOP "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?" IN the International High School, Sarajevo

On the 7th December 2015 in the International High School, Sarajevo, the “What Are You Waiting For?“ workshop was held, within the international campaign „16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence“. The workshop was led by the project coordinator and project assistant, Monja Šuta-Hibert and Jasmina Šarenkapa. The students of the above mentioned school attended the workshop and they had an opportunity to learn what violence implied, how to have zero tolerance for it and they got an insight into the links for further exploration and education. >> MORE

December 2015

WORKSHOP "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?" IN PODLUGOVI

On December 1st 2015 in the Elementary School “Podlugovi” in Podlugovi, the “What Are You Waiting For?“ workshop was held, within the international campaign „16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence“. The workshop was led by the project assistants Elvira Baručija and Jasmina Šarenkapa. The students of the above mentioned school attended the workshop and they had an opportunity to learn what violence implied, how to have zero tolerance for it and they got an insight into the links for further exploration and education. >> MORE

December 2015

WORKSHOP "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?" IN NOVI ŠEHER

On December 3rd 2015 in the Elementary School “Novi Šeher” in Novi Šeher, the “What Are You Waiting For?“ workshop was held, within the international campaign „16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence“. The workshop was led by the project assistants Elvira Baručija and Jasmina Šarenkapa. The students of the above mentioned school attended the workshop and they had an opportunity to learn what violence implied, how to have zero tolerance for it and they got an insight into the links for further exploration and education. >> MORE

December 2015

PROMOTION OF THE PUBLICATION “Gender Stereotypes:Sounds Familiar?” IN TUZLA

On December 01, 2015 the promotion of the publication “Gender Stereotypes:Sounds Familiar?'', exposition of the comics from ''Bogey FemiTeaching'' edition and performance ''Cut'' were organized at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Zenica within the international campaign ''16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence''. The promoters were the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Damir Kukić, PhD, who was also one of the reviewers, assistant professor Edisa Gazetić, Lamija Begagić, one of the co-authors of this publication. >> MORE

December 2015

PROMOTION OF THE PUBLICATION “Gender Stereotypes:Sounds Familiar?” IN TUZLA

On December 02, 2015 the promotion of the publication ''Gender Stereotypes:Sounds Familiar?'', exposition of the comics from ''Bogey FemiTeaching'' edition and performance ''Cut'' were organized at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Tuzla within the international campaign ''16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence''. The promoters were Professor Jasmina Husanović from the Faculty of Philosophy and Monja Šuta-Hibert, the editor of this publication. >> MORE

November 2015

WORKSHOP "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?" IN Živinice

On November 30, 2015 in Živinice Gymnasium the “What Are You Waiting For?“ workshop was held, within the international campaign „16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence“. The workshop was led by the project coordinator and project assistant, Monja Šuta-Hibert and Jasmina Šarenkapa. The students of the above mentioned school attended the workshop and they had an opportunity to learn what violence implied, how to have zero tolerance for it and they got an insight into the links for further exploration and education. >> MORE

November 2015

WORKSHOP "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?" IN SREBRENIK

On November 27th, a workshop „What Are You Waiting For?“ was held in Srebrenik within the international campaign „16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence“. The workshop was led by Monja Šuta-Hibert, project coordinator and Elvira Baručija, project assistant. The young people had an opportunity to find out what violence implied and how to have zero tolerance for it. Through the segments of psycho-drama they could feel the emotional state of a victim and everything a victim was forced with (shame, stigma, non - understanding of the surroundings, not enough support, fear, etc). >> MORE

November 2015

Promotion of the publication: "Gender Stereotypes: Sounds Familiar?" Sarajevo

TPO Foundation, Sarajevo organized the promotion of the publication "Gender Stereotypes: Sounds Familiar?” The promotion was organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo. The promotion was held at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo on 26.11.2015 at 12 pm within the international campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence”. >> MORE

November 2015

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

November 2015

SUMMER SCHOOL 2016 - DEMYTHOLOGISING NATIONS AND IDENTITIES: BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA’S MEDIEVAL PAST IN A EUROPEAN CONTEXT

TPO Foundation together with the Faculty of Philosophy at Zenica University and University of Regensburg are organising a Summer School (July 15-19, 2016) which will be hosted by the University of Zenica, Bosnia- Herzegovina. The programme seeks to foster an understanding of how medieval myths of identity and belonging influence discourses of contemporary nation-building and national identity. Through presenting fresh archival material it seeks to demythologise aspects of Bosnia-Herzegovina historiography that present a problem for peacebuilding and for establishing a more inclusive educational system. >> PDF

November 2015

A TWO-DAY TRAINING “PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT” HELD IN TUZLA

A two-day training “Personal and Professional Development” within the project “Initiative for Creative Dialogue and Education” (ICDE) implemented by TPO Foundation Sarajevo was held in Tuzla on November, 7-8, 2015 and it was organized by the Union of Students at the University of Tuzla and TPO Foundation, Sarajevo. >> MORE

November 2015

THIRD TRAINING MY BUSINESS IDEA, MY CHANCE

TPO Foundation organized the third training within the project “The Economic Stability of Women as a Contribution to Peace Building in the Community”, which is financially supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The training was organized on November 6 and 7, 2015. in Orašje, with the help of coordinators from Orašje, Mandica Živković and Eldina Hećimović-Kukljević. The main lecturer, the founder of Faveda Company and the president of Association of Female Entrepreneurs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Aida Zubčević, spoke about starting a business, writing a business plan, the importance of networking among women and essential guidelines that were important to know when building a sustainable business. >> MORE

October 2015

PROMOTION OF A COMIC BOOK “NIRA” AND WORKSHOP FOR YOUTH IN ŽIVINICE

On October 28, 2015, TPO Foundation has implemented a workshop for young people from the Gymnasium Zivinice, within the project “Initiative for Creative Dialogue and Education” (ICDE). Students and a school library received the comic book “Nira”, in which a young and talented activist Nira deals with various problems. The lecturer Elvira Barucija talked with the students about socially engaged art and civic rights and duties of young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina. >> MORE

October 2015

PROMOTION OF A COMIC BOOK “NIRA” AND WORKSHOP FOR YOUTH IN SREBRENIK

Within the project the “Initiative for Creative Dialogue and Education” (ICDE), TPO Foundation has implemented a workshop in the High School “Srebrenik” in Srebrenik on October 28, 2015. The workshop has been implemented in a high school library, with the help and support of school librarian Zeljka Banovic. The lecturer and coordinator, Monja Suta-Hibert, talked with the young people about socially engaged art as well as civic rights and duties of citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina. >> MORE

October 2015

PROJECT A GLOBAL ETHIC IN SCHOOL: THE FIFTH TRAINING OF TEACHERS OF CANTON TUZLA

The fifth and last training of teachers of Canton Tuzla, within the project “A Global Ethic in a School: Integrating a Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, had been held in Tuzla in hotel “Miris dunja 88” on Saturday and Sunday on October 24 and 25, 2015. A professional team of TPO Foundation Sarajevo – Alen Kristic, Monja Suta-Hibert and Ivana Krstanovic – presented a project of a global ethic to teachers of secondary schools and worked on the demonstration of double lessons. >> MORE

October 2015

THE SECOND TRAINING “MY BUSINESS IDEA, MY CHANCE” IN ORASJE

PO Foundation Sarajevo held the second two-day training for women future entrepreneurs in Northern BiH on October 24 and 25, 2015. The training is part of the project “The Economic Stability of Women As a Contribution to Peace Building in the Community”. Second group of women from Domaljevac-Samac and Donji Zabari participated to this training and received education for designing their business plans. >> MORE

October 2015

COALITION FOR RECOM:
Humanity with a woman’s face in Bosnia and Herzegovina

“Women are people too”, the feminists used to repeat persistently, hoping we wouldn’t have to bring this up in the 21st century. But, as soon as we thought we would no longer have to talk about it ever again, it turned out that one more international document had to be adopted in order to put additional pressure on international and national legal subjects to ensure equal participation of women in all areas of life. That is how UN Resolution #1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000) came to be adopted – as a way to support the international legal framework for the protection of women’s human rights. >> MORE

October 2015

conference Call FOR PROPOSAL

TPO Foundation and her distinguished partners are pleased to welcome you to our second international conference on the theme of trauma, memory and healing. This conference seeks to create an interdisciplinary archive of knowledge and opportunities for the healing of memories and trauma in the Balkans and beyond. In a region which experienced the immense violence of three wars in the last century, the scars of trauma are deep and overlapping. Multiple memories are not simple stories of suffering, but play into socio-political agendas through competing victimization narratives. From a historical perspective, the experiences of pain and great loss on all sides in these armed conflicts and repressive regimes means that whole communities carry the allencompassing impact of trauma in their very anatomies and pyches, which call out for recognition and healing. This reality, mixed with the instrumentalization of suffering into victimhood, creates a social dynamic lacking the trust, acceptance, understanding and empathy conditional for collective healing. It may also lead to future conflict, through the perpetuation of vicious cycles of violence and victimization. In order to open a process of recovery or 'de-traumatization', toward a more just, peaceful and stable society, the society must first recognize the presence of its trauma. A social environment is needed that positively confirms the authenticity of individual victims' trauma/s as well as the credibility of the traumatic narratives of groups.

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October 2015

THE FIRST TRAINING “MY BUSINESS IDEA, MY CHANCE” IN ORASJE

TPO Foundation Sarajevo, within the framework of the project “The Economic Stability of Women As a Contribution to Peace Building in the Community”, held its first two-day training on entrepreneurship for women in Northern Bosnia on October 9 and 10, 2015 in Orasje. The training was done so as to educate women to prepare their own business plan and to financially support the best business ideas of women from three municipalities: Orasje, Domaljevac-Samac and Donji Zabari. >> MORE

October 2015

PROMOTION OF THE COMIC BOOK “NIRA” AND WORKSHOP FOR YOUTH IN ŽELJEZNO POLJE

TPO Foundation has organized and implemented a workshop “Nirini izazovi“, within the project “Initiative for Creative Dialogue and Education” (ICDE). The workshop has been implemented in the elementary school Abdulvehab Ilhamija“, in Željezno polje, on October 12, 2015. >> MORE

October 2015

PROJECT A GLOBAL ETHIC IN SCHOOL: THE FOURTH TRAINING OF TEACHERS OF CANTON TUZLA

The fourth training of teachers in Canton Tuzla, within the project “A Global Ethic in a School: Integrating a Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, had been held in Tuzla in hotel “Miris dunja 88” on Saturday and Sunday on September 12 and 13, 2015. A professional team of TPO Foundation Sarajevo – Alen Kristic, Monja Suta-Hibert and Ivana Krstanovic – presented a project of a global ethic to teachers of secondary schools and worked on the demonstration of double lessons. >> MORE

October 2015

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

Within the project “A Global Ethic in a School: Integrating a Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, done with the partnership of The Global Ethic Foundation from Tübingen, the third training of teachers in Canton Tuzla had been held in Tuzla in hotel “Miris dunja 88” on Saturday and Sunday on September 12 and 13, 2015. Alen Kristic, Monja Suta-Hibert and Ivana Krstanovic – a professional team of TPO Foundation Sarajevo – presented a project of a global ethic to teachers of secondary schools and worked on the demonstration of double lessons. >> MORE

September 2015

PROMOTION OF A COMIC BOOK “NIRA” AND WORKSHOP FOR YOUTH IN VISOKO

TPO Foundation Sarajevo has implemented a workshop for young people and promoted a comic book “Nira” in the Gymnasium “Visoko” in Visoko on September 22, 2015. A workshop was implemented within the project “Initiative for creative dialogue and education” (ICDE) for students of first and second grade of the secondary school. The lecturer, Elvira Baručija, used interactive communication to talk to young people about their attitudes and knowledge on socially engaged art and civic activism. >> MORE

September 2015

PROMOTION OF A COMIC BOOK “NIRA” AND WORKSHOP FOR YOUTH IN TRAVNIK

TPO Foundation Sarajevo has implemented a workshop for young people in the elementary school “Kalibunar” within the project “Initiative for Creative Dialogue and Education” (ICDE) on September 18, 2015. The participants of the workshop were pupils of eighth and ninth grade of the elementary school. The lecturer, Monja Suta-Hibert, used creative methods and interactive communication, in order to encourage young people to think about socially engaged art and the significance of critical thinking. >> MORE

September 2015

PROMOTION OF A COMIC BOOK “NIRA” AND WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN ZENICA

TPO Foundation, Sarajevo has implemented a workshop for young people, with the promotion of a comic book “Nira”, on September 17, 2015. The participants of this workshop were students from the First Gymnasium in Zenica. A lecturer, Monja Suta-Hibert, presented the project “Initiative for Creative Dialogue and Education” (ICDE) and, through the interactive lecture, spoke about socially engaged art and civic activism, stressing the significance of volunteering as a one of the forms of civic activism. >> MORE

September 2015

TPO Foundation published a new book for teenagers called "Nira's Challenges"

After two editions of the comic book novel "Nira", along with the authors Elma Softic-Kaunitz and Pavle Kaunitz, TPO Foundation published a book about Nira's daily challenges she is trying to overcome by positive activism without allowing injustice to win. The aim of this publication is to motivate and encourage young people to creatively learn, read, reflect, act properly and be active participants of the community in which they live with the message that every individual has rights and obligations to be active in the development of democratic civil society and help protect and promote human rights. >> PDF

September 2015

Bauk FemiNauk - Bogey FemiTeaching

The goal of comic editions named Bogey FemiTeaching is to inspire people to question prejudices about feminism, gender equality and the status of women in contemporary BiH society through humorous comic situations, because often even the casual mention of the word feminism is causing a wave of stereotypical reactions. Those who know very little about feminism are usually fiercest critics. The basic attitude of feminism is that women should have equal rights and opportunities as men. The feminist doctrine really is not bogey, only those on high positions in society created bogey feminism to suppress women to participate equally in all spheres of life together with the men. Više/Manje

September 2015

Reception of TPO representatives in the office of president Klaic

Orasje – The Prime Minister of Posavina Canton, Marijan Klaić, at the seat of Government in Orasje, spoke to representatives of TPO Foundation (Transcultural, Psychosocial, Educational Foundation), Mandica Zivkovic and Eldina Hecimovic – coordinators of TPO Foundation Sarajevo. TPO Foundation is supported by the Norwegian Government and is working a lot of years on projects of women empowerment and peace building, which contribute to the political, economic, and social stability in general.
TPO Foundation, located in Sarajevo, among other things, provides financial support to the development of projects and programs which would be carried out by women in this area also. They would, as presented during the interview by the coordinators of this project, consolidated the activities of women from various municipalities (or from a regional perspective) and cities as well. Thus, women would contribute to economic development. At the same time, the economic stability of women through such projects contributes to peace building in the community, said Prime Minister Klaic after the reception of the representatives of TPO Foundation Sarajevo.

September 2015

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

Within the project “A Global Ethic in a School: Integrating a Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, done with the partnership of The Global Ethic Foundation from Tübingen, the second treining of teachers in Canton Tuzla had been held in Tuzla in hotel “Miris dunja 88” on Saturday and Sunday on September 12 and 13, 2015. Alen Kristic, Monja Suta-Hibert and Ivana Krstanovic – a professional team of TPO Foundation Sarajevo – presented a project of a global ethic to teachers of secondary schools and worked on the demonstration of double lessons. >> MORE

August 2015

TPO Foundation supported summer camp for children

"Back to nature", organized by the Foundation Bosana

On 7th of August, TPO Foundation was on Vlasic near Travnik in the camp for children "Back to nature" and thus supported the friendship, language practice, painting, dance and life without cell phones. Bosana Foundation organized a camp for children of age 10 to 14 years, and an opportunity for friendship in the camp had children that lost one or both parents, children with serious financial situation, children who experienced domestic violence and a special opportunity for new friendships and socializing was provided to children from the Diaspora. >> MORE

July 2015

MAPPING A GLOBAL VIEW OF FEMINISM

Gender study scholar Zilka Spahic-Siljak was interviewd by the Gender News from Stanford University in the United States about mapping the global views of feminism and feminism parallels in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United States, and about the importance of social justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina and beyond.
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July 2015

Invigorating knowledge through activism - interview

magazine Stav by Zilka SpahiĆ Šiljak 2015

Zilka Spahic Siljak, gender study scholar was interviewed by magazine Stav about several important themes of her academic and activist work both in BiH and USA with particular focus on constant checking and testing of what we learn and teach. For her freedom to learn and freedom to question are equally important for keeping human spirit fresh and alive. >> PDF

July 2015

TPO Foundation participated in STRIPITI FESTIVAL 2015

Association Another angle (original name: Drugi ugao) unveiled latest comic production available in BiH and beyond at the STRIPITI Fest. This year at STRIPITI Fest, TPO Foundation presented the comic book novel NIRA in 2014 and Bauk FemiNauk with more than 20 comics. The coordinator of the project ICDE, Melika Šahinović, among other exhibitors of traditional and innovative comics, presented activities of the foundation and two years work on the comic books as a form of expression that communicate different messages interlaced images and words that encourages learning, reflection and work and combine creativity and civic activism. >> MORE

June 2015

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

The fifth training of teachers in Canton Sarajevo within the project “A Global Ethic in a School: Integrating a Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, done with the partnership of The Global Ethic Foundation from Tübingen, had been held in Sarajevo in Hotel Hollywood on Saturday and Sunday on June 13 and 14, 2015. Alen Kristic, Monja Suta-Hibert and Ivana Krstanovic – a professional team of TPO Foundation Sarajevo – presented a project of a global ethic to teachers of secondary schools and worked on the demonstration of double lessons. The training was attended by 20 teachers and an adviser for education of the Educational-Pedagogical Institute of Sarajevo Azemina Bogdanovic. >> MORE

May 2015

TPO ORGANIZED FIRST TRAINING FOR YOUTH CALLED
"PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT"

On the basis of the needs of young people in the project "ICDE" TPO Foundation created a new manual called "Personal and professional development - manual for young people". I order to assist young people to acquire additional knowledge and skills relating to leadership, communication, employment and other important issues for young people, TPO Foundation organized the first two-day training for young people in Sarajevo on May 30 and 31, 2015. >> MORE

May 2015

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

The training of teachers within the project “A Global Ethic in a School: Integrating a Global Ethic into Educational Structures and Processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, done with the partnership of The Global Ethic Foundation from Tübingen, had been held in Sarajevo in Hotel Hollywood on Saturday and Sunday on May 30 and 31, 2015. Alen Kristic, Monja Suta-Hibert and Ivana Krstanovic – a professional team of TPO Foundation Sarajevo – presented a project of a global ethic to teachers of secondary schools and worked on the demonstration of double lessons. >> MORE

May 2015

THE THIRD TWO-DAY TRAINING OF VOLUNTEERS OF THE UNION OF STUDENTS HELD IN TUZLA

TPO Foundation organized the third two-day training of volunteers of the Union of Students in Tuzla on May 9 and 10, 2015. Participants of training (32 volunteers) are students of the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation, the Faculty of Philosophy and the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The training for volunteers is a part of the project "Psychosocial support in BiH". Guided by the principles of voluntarism, education refers to the execution of psychosocial workshops and interactive meetings with children and young people aged 7-15, in the areas affected by last year's floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Tuzla Canton. Young volunteers come from the Bosnian-Herzegovinian cities - Derventa, Modrica, Teocak, Gornji Vakuf-Uskoplje, Maglaj, Doboj Istok, Zavidovici, Tuzla, Kalesija, Ljubuski, Zivinice, Gradacac, Gracanica, Srebrenik, Mostar, Brcko, Doboj, and from Croatian cities – Rijeka and Vukovar. >> MORE

May 2015

THE SECOND TWO-DAY TRAINING OF VOLUNTEERS OF THE UNION OF STUDENTS HELD IN TUZLA

TPO Foundation organized the second two-day training of volunteers of the Union of Students in Tuzla on April 25 and 26, 2015. Participants of training (19 volunteers) are students of the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation and the Faculty of Philosophy in Tuzla. The training was led by Dr. Amra Delic, a neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist from Tuzla, an activist in the field of human rights, dialogue and reconciliation. Young volunteers are educating themselves on these trainings to work with children and youth. The workshops' aim is to assess the psychological state of children and youth who have suffered damage during last year's floods, and provide psychosocial assistance through workshops and interactive meetings. A motivating video America's Health Volunteers, considering many years of experience of volunteers and their motivations for volunteering, is shown to young volunteers. >> MORE