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December 2019

BOOK LAUNCH "LIVING PRESENCE" IN BRCKO

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

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

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

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

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

WINERS OF BEST VIDEO COMPETITION ON THE TOPIC: GRATITUDE

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

THE BEST VIDEOS
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December 2019

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


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

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December 2019

THE FIFTH SOCRATES CAFE IN MOSTAR: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

''Violence against women'' was the topic of the Fifth Socrates Cafe held in Mostar on December 12, 2019. Andreja Pehar facilitated the Cafe. She has Master of Educational Sciences in Pedagogy and Gestalt Psychotherapy. At first, she read Sanela Kuko's poem "Love or On a Culture of Violence". The poem focuses on marriage violence experienced by women. She has justification for that and finds it easier to stay in such a marriage, because there is nowhere to go back, everyone will make fun of her children and she will not be able even to see them. Because of feelings of helplessness, people justify violence, feel ashamed and want to preserve marriage at any cost. Participants questioned why a woman was persuaded that this is love, because of the fact that one, who loves, does not do such things, and who once commits violence, will do it again. >> MORE

December 2019

''TPO TOWN'' EXHIBITION

December 2019

THE FIFTH SOCRATES CAFE IN TUZLA: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

"Every second woman is a victim of some form of gender-based violence in B&H," said Dr. Amra Delić, a specialist in neuropsychiatry and psychotherapist from the Blue Polyclinic Tuzla. She facilitated the Fifth Socrates Cafe held in Tuzla on December 11, 2019, and the topic was ''Violence against women''. Participants tried to define violence and questioned its key causes. They identified that some of them undoubtedly are gender inequality, inappropriate nurture and toxic masculinity. It is necessary to keep in mind that violence is not an act of short duration, but that it has long-lasting consequences. The problem with our society is not reporting or responding inappropriately to violence.
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December 2019

THE FIFTH SOCRATES CAFE IN SARAJEVO: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The fifth Socrates Cafe was held at the Chamber Theater 55 in Sarajevo on December 5th, 2019. The theme was ''Violence against Women''. Cafe facilitator, Melika Šahinović,  program coordinator of the TPO Foundation, together with participants read some paragraphs from the Baseline study "Peer and Gender Based Violence in Primary Schools in B&H" from 2017. "I realized that the child is lonely, no one talks to her, she is just spending time on the internet, and at the end of the conversation one day, she told me, "I'm going to kill myself," was one of the paragraphs which were read. Participants inquired if and how we respond if we notice that someone is lonely and sad, whether we have developed empathy, and why did we allow our society to become a society of violence. >> MORE

December 2019

NIRA LEADERS PROJECT: - ''THE YOUNG CREATIVES'' - ''ZADA'' ASSOCIATION

Within the NIRA Leaders Project implemented by the TPO Foundation in the form of a four - day training for personal and professional development, the participants were also members of the "Zada" Association from Zenica. After completing the project writing training, they applied for Nira Leaders project at the TPO Foundation. Three projects in front of the Association "Zada" have received funds for the realization of their project ideas. The second project "The Young Creatives" was realized from August to November 2019. The project coordinator was Ilma Zilić in front of the Association. The project was intended for children of preschool and school age whose parents are unable to pay for kindergartens and workshops due to financial problems.
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December 2019

THE FIFTH SOCRATES CAFE IN ZENICA: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Topic of  the fifth Socrates Cafe held in Zenica on December 4th, 2019 was ''Violence Against Women''. Café facilitator, Venita Popović, editor of the magazine "Zeničke sveske" shared with the participants some of the data that research in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia showed. For example, "Only one in four women who have suffered violence has reported it." and "Every fourth young man and every tenth girl believes that one slap in the face is not violence." Participants believe that the whole society is a society of violence, but it is necessary to ask ourselves whether, when and why we are silent. By our silence, we also contribute to staying in the vicious circle of violence.
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November 2019

NIRA LEADERS PROJECT – "THE SAFE SPACE FOR YOUTH"– NERDŽIS ČAPLJA, THE UNIVERSITY OF ZENICA

After four days of training for personal and professional development, TPO Foundation awarded five grants to the students of the University of Tuzla and the University of Zenica for the best project proposals as the part of the NIRA Leaders Project. One of these best project proposals was the project named "The Safe Space for Youth". It lasted from August to November 2019. The coordinator of this project within the NIRA Leaders Project was Nerdžis Čaplja, student of the University of Zenica. The project is a continuation of the Public Speech realized in 2017 as the part of the SMART project organized by the UNZE Student Union.
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November 2019

NIRA LEADERS PROJECT: - ''BUILDING A PARENTAL HOUSE IN ZENICA''
''ZADA'' ASSOCIATION, ZENICA

After four days of training for personal and professional development, TPO Foundation awarded five grants to the students of the University of Tuzla and the University of Zenica for the best project proposals as the part of the NIRA Leaders Project. One of these best project proposals was the project named "The Safe Space for Youth". It lasted from August to November 2019. The coordinator of this project within the NIRA Leaders Project was Nerdžis Čaplja, student of the University of Zenica. The project is a continuation of the Public Speech realized in 2017 as the part of the SMART project organized by the UNZE Student Union.
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November 2019

NIRA LEADERS PROJECT: DAYS OF ANTI FASCISM IN TUZLA 2019


After four days of training for personal and professional development, TPO Foundation awarded five grants to the students of the University of Tuzla and the University of Zenica for the best project proposals as the part of the NIRA Leaders project. One of these best project proposals was the project "Days of Anti - fascism in Tuzla 2019", signed by Tarik Smajlović and Mirnes Ćerimović. The project was co-financed by the city of Tuzla.
>> VIDEO: Days of Antifascism in Tuzla 2019

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November 2019

NIRA LEADERS PROJECT - "PREVENTION AND PROTECTION OF WOMEN'S HEALTH" - ''ZADA'' ASSOCIATION

Within the NIRA Leaders Project being implemented by the TPO Foundation in the form of a four - day training for personal and professional development, the participants were also members of the "Zada" Association from Zenica. Members of the "Zada" Association represent a marginalized group of women from Zenica - Doboj Canton who have expressed the need for this type of training. After completing the project writing training, they applied for Nira Leaders Project at the TPO Foundation. Three projects in front of the Association "Zada" have received funds for the realization of their project ideas. The first project "Prevention and Protection of Women's Health" was implemented from August to November 2019. The project coordinator was Zilha Nadžak in front of the Association. The project was aimed at women in small local communities in ZDC, especially in rural areas, to promote civic activism.
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November 2019

THE FOURTH SOCRATES CAFE IN MOSTAR: I KNOW THAT I KNOW NOTHING

The topic of the fourth Socrates Cafe in Mostar, held on November 28th, 2019, was Socrates' maxim: "I know that I know nothing." Irma Marić, who is professor at the Faculty of Humanities at the "Džemal Bijedić" University in Mostar, inquired together with participants what is the purpose of education and how much are we prepared to realistically see how much we know. Self-reflection and self-criticism are essentially absent, the school promotes mere reproduction of knowledge, and individuals are not allowed to be in a position of not knowing something. "Do we know anything after elementary and high school?" - they wondered.
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November 2019

THE FOURTH SOCRATES CAFE IN TUZLA: FREEDOM

"How much it is possible to achieve the maximum of freedom at any given moment?" - asked one of the participants of Socrates Cafe held in Tuzla on November 27, 2019. Jasmina Husanović facilitated the Cafe. She is the professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tuzla. Participants emphasized that freedom is, primarily, insouciance for them and that they are aware of the fact that it is a privilege in different parts of the world. They also cited Rousseau's thought that "man is born free, but is shackled everywhere", which, they say, best describes the global situation in society and is, in fact, all an illusion of choice, while we are limited and conditioned in various ways.
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November 2019

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER - BASED VIOLENCE

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign is an international campaign that starts on November 25th - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on December 10th - International Human Rights Day.
The TPO Foundation commemorates and supports the International Campaign for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence through various activities. The activities are aimed at raising awareness of violence against women, the causes of gender-based violence, and advocating for non-violent and dignified behavior toward women.
In partnership with primary and secondary schools, we implement activities involving teachers, students and parents to contribute together to combating peer and gender-based violence, to preventing violence, and to empowering women.
The TPO Foundation calls on all citizens to emphasize the importance of social condemnation of violence and the need for more effective action by all institutions responsible for protecting victims and punishing offenders.
Within the 16 days of activism, the TPO Foundation has launched the video contest on the theme of gratitude, is organizing a conference to present the results of the three - year long  Peer and Gender-Based Violence project and school campaigns.
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November 2019

THE FOURTH SOCRATES CAFE IN SARAJEVO: FREEDOM


At the fourth Socrates Cafe in Sarajevo, held on November 21st, 2019, we discussed about freedom. Adem Olovčić, Master of Philosophy, lecturer at International Burch University, was the facilitator of the Cafe. Participants considered whether people were free before the first mention of freedom and when we found a definition of freedom; they wondered if freedom can be reached and whether it depends on our opinion of it.

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November 2019

THE FOURTH SOCRATES CAFE IN ZENICA: FREEDOM


The theme of the fourth Socrates Cafe in Zenica, held on November 20, 2019, was "Freedom". The cafe was facilitated by Elmana Cerić, professor of Philosophy and Theory of cognition. Participants believe that the freedom of some is actually the bondage of others, that we are imposed on what we can think and feel and that we only like to think that we are free and that there are only illusory forms of freedom.

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November 2019

THE THIRD SOCRATES CAFE IN MOSTAR: PATRIOTISM VS. NATIONALISM


"You are the victims of your parents," the participants quoted their professors on the third Socrates cafe in Mostar on November 14th, 2019. The theme of Socrates cafe was "Patriotism vs. Nationalism."  Participants mentioned that nationalism is caused by indoctrination and manipulation of emotions, and in that context family has a big responsibility. Cafe facilitator Lana Prlić, MSc in International Finance and Business, and participants questioned whether patriotism and nationalism are emotions and which of the them is deprived  of responsibility.

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November 2019

THE THIRD SOCRATES CAFE IN TUZLA: PATRIOTISM VS. NATIONALISM


Patriotism vs. Nationalism is the topic that has attracted the largest number of participants at the Socrates Cafe in Tuzla. On November 13th, 2019, in the Coffee Zone, attendees questioned what binds a person to the nation at all, whether the state can standardize patriotism and nationalism, and who has the right to determine the measure of one's patriotism.
The cafe was facilitated by Dženeta Omerdić, a professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Tuzla.

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November 2019

THE THIRD SOCRATES CAFE IN SARAJEVO: PATRIOTISM VS. NATIONALISM


The theme "Patriotism vs. Nationalism" caused numerous disagreements among the participants at the third Socrates cafe in Sarajevo, held on November 7th, 2019. Cafe facilitator, journalist, Suad Beganović, together with participants, inquired correlation between these terms, whether they are mutually exclusive and what their negative implications are. Participants were interested in whether criticism of the state and seeking justice are patriotic acts, and why individuals who dare to criticize state are declared traitors and foreign mercenaries. 

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November 2019

THE THIRD SOCRATES CAFE IN ZENICA: PATRIOTISM VS. NATIONALISM

Patriotism and nationalism were discussed at the Third Socrates Cafe in Zenica on November 6th, 2019. The facilitator was Bernard Harbaš, Doctor of Philosophy. Participants disagreed about the rationality of these terms. Some of them find it irrational to be a patriot and identify only with inhabitants of the planet Earth, and they think that other identities are socially conditioned and imposed. For others, patriotism is loyalty to the homeland and is a universal category. In addition, there were those who have stayed on the question of who can standardize and define what patriotism is.

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October 2019

THE SECOND SOCRATES CAFE IN MOSTAR: WHAT IS A GENDER OF GOD?


Azra Imširović, politologist from Sarajevo, talked with young people in Mostar about topic "What is a gender of God?" at Second Socrates Cafe which was held on Octobar 31, 2019. Participants agreed that because of the limited human perspective, God is unthinkable, but it is clear that he did not make distinction between men and women in creation.

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October 2019

THE SECOND SOCRATES CAFE IN TUZLA


''Who says that God exists at all?'' was the question that one participant asked on the 30th of October 2019 on the Socrates Cafe in Tuzla about the topic: ''What is a Gender of God?'' that was facilitated by Azra Imširović.
The participants thought that before all there must be enquired the existence of God in general and that the difference between sex and gender must be acknowledged to the many, and then finally we could enquire why has God been shown in masculine gender.

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October 2019

THE SECOND SOCRATES CAFE IN SARAJEVO: WHAT IS A GENDER OF GOD?

''Have previous societies been questioning / in need to question the gender of God?'' was the question being inquired on the 24th of October 2019 at the second Socrates Cafe at the Kamerni Teatar in Sarajevo, inspired by the What is a gender of God? theme. The facilitator was Nikola Vučić. Participants were questioning the limits of gender of the metaphysical unthinkable subject and why God is in the hands of male readership and interpretation. Some of the participants pointed out that the official institutions do not allow to be said She for God even though it is said that "he neither gave birth nor was born". Instead of a conclusion, new questions have arisen, such as reflecting on the fact that the metaphysical slides beyond the limits of language and, as such, serves as an ideological apparatus.
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October 2019

THE SECOND SOCRATES CAFE: WHAT IS A GENDER OF GOD?

On 23rd of October 2019 in Zenica was held the second Socrates Cafe about the topic What is a gender of God?. The facilitator was Nikola Vučić. The participants were the youth of Zenica who were inquiring a gender of God - from the interpretation to the social practice embodied into a hierarchical disbalance. So the dominant questions were How much is God a thinkable category? Why has God always a gender in the interpretation of the sacred texts - it is always He? Why and how have scholars portrayed God for centuries? Why is God of the masculine gender in the language? The participants ended the inquiring process with the thesis that a woman has being stigmatized by the distorted image of God and that all evil is being done in the name of the God and that a new repeated reading of the sacred texts is necessary.
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October 2019

THE FIRST SOCRATES CAFE IN MOSTAR: FREEDOM IS FALLING
OR
FLYING OF JUMPER FROM THE OLD BRIDGE


The first Socrates Cafe was held in Mostar on October 17, 2019. The theme of this cafe was "Freedom" while the facilitation was led by Merima Jasarević, who is professor at the Faculty of Education at the "Džemal Bijedić" University in Mostar. Participants were young people and students who enquired pluralized aspects of freedom - from discursive practices to internal motives embodying emotion.

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October 2019

THE FIRST SOCRATES CAFE IN TUZLA


On the 16th of October, 2019 there was the first Socrates Cafe held in Tuzla in the Coffee Zone about the theme "I know that I know nothing". The cafe was facilitated by Sead Fetahagić. The attendees questioned what we generally could know for sure. Considering that knowledge is constantly being upgraded, we cannot be sure that what we know today will be relevant in a few years.

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October 2019

THE FIRST SOCRATES CAFE IN SARAJEVO

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

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

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

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA:
SOCRATES CAFES

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

>> Video: THE FIRST SOCRATES CAFE IN SARAJEVO

September 2019

BEST VIDEO COMPETITION ON THE TOPIC: GRATITUDE



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

THE THIRD TOT TRAINING: STRENGHTENING THE INTERCULTURAL
AND INTERRELIGIOUS COMPETENCIES


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

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September 2019

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


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

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


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July 2019

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


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

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August 2019

THE SECOND EMIL TRAINING: STRENGHTENING THE INTERCULTURAL
AND INTERRELIGIOUS COMPETENCIES

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

THE FIRST EMIL TRAINING: STRENGHTENING THE INTERCULTURAL
AND INTERRELIGIOUS COMPETENCIES

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

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

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

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


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

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May 2019

The Fourth NIRA Leaders Personal Development
Training HELD IN Tuzla


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

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May 2019

BOOK LAUNCH "Living Presence: Sufi Path to Mindfulness"

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

THE FOURTH NIRA LEADERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
TRAINING IN TUZLA


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

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


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

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April 2019

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


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

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April 2019

2. NIRA LEADERS PROFESIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING FOR
TUZLA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS


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

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

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April 2019

3. NIRA LEADERS PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING FOR
TUZLA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS


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

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April 2019

1. NIRA LEADERS PROFESIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING FOR
ZENICA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS


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

#AgainNeverAgain
SYMPOSIUM "REMEMBRANCE, TRAUMA AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING"


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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March 2019

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

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

INVITATION TO CELBRATE 8. MARCH

March 2019

ANTISTRESS SEMINARS FOR PEDAGOGUES AND TEACHERS
IN SARAJEVO CANTON


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

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March 2019

CALL for Leadership Training

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

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

February 2019

ANTISTRESS SEMINARS FOR PEDAGOGUES AND TEACHERS
IN CENTRAL BOSNIA CANTON


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

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January 2019

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


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

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January 2019

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


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

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

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

December 2018

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM IN HERZEGOVINA-NERETVA
CANTON SCHOOLS


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

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


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

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM IN TUZLA CANTON

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

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

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