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Within the “Promoting intercultural dialogue, inclusive and peace education, and prevention of violence among children” activity that is implemented in the Herzeg-Bosnian County with the completion of the school year, also completed were the workshops that were held in the county primary schools with the pupils.

The interactive workshops that included all primary schools from the HBC educated the groups of 10 to 15 pupils on the topics such as violence prevention, communication, prejudice and stereotypes. The pupils demonstrated their knowledge through the presentations that were held in their schools at the end.

The “Promoting intercultural dialogue, inclusive and peace education, and prevention of violence among children” activity is implemented by the NGO Genesis Project from Banja Luka within the “Applying the Human Security Concept to Stabilize Communities in Canton 10” project funded by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security and implemented by the UN agencies in BiH (UNICEF, IOM, UNHCR and UNDP).

Within the activities, a series of the meetings were held by the expert groups which consisted of the principals, school counselors, teachers and representatives of the relevant institutions. These meetings resulted in the “Practical application of the Protocol of conduct in cases of violence in primary schools in Canton 10” publication, which was distributed to the teachers.

The activities do not stop there and the one-minute movies will be made in all of the municipalities until the end of the summer. The children and young people will use these movies to point out the problems they face in their local community. In each of the municipalities the movies will be presented at the round tables where the present people will get an opportunity to provide their comments and opinions.

Within this activity by the beginning of the new school year the teachers and parents will have the opportunity to get educated through the training courses which will be held by the Genesis Project coordinators. First of all, there were two training sessions in Bukovica and Tomislavgrad, and what it was like you can read in the report that was made by the UNICEF BiH photojournalist, which was published on the Wall of children’s wishes: http://www.zasvakodijete.ba/trening-o-prevenciji-nasilja-boljom-komunikacijom-do-bolje-prevencije/

Here is the reportage:

The “training for the teachers and parents on the prevention of violence” was held on Friday the 19th of June in Bukovica near Tomislavgrad. Before that the same training sessions were held in Glamoc and Tomislavgrad.

The training was attended by the teachers from the „Fra Mijo Čuić“ primary school, from the village of Bukovica near Tomislavgrad, from the central and from the eight branch schools. Through an interactive workshop, with the active involvement, the participants were able to learn the additional skills in communication, conflict resolution and prevention of peer violence.

“Unlike the seminars where we have lecturers and only listen to the lectures, we were able to take part in the interesting exercises, some of which we would be able to use in the teaching process and working with children in the future and that will be helpful to us and our pupils. Some of the skills will be useful for the contact with the parents too as well as handling the possible cases of violence,” was the opinion of the training participants.

The training was conducted by Azra Talić, a professor of education and psychology, and Ljubisa Vasic, a primary school education professor, who were introducing the participants with the essential concepts, methods of formation and recognition of bullying, either mental or physical, the recognition of the ‘sophisticated’ forms of violence, and they also presented a number of exercises from the communication and conflict resolution field, and some of them will be used by the teachers in work with students.

Thus, in one of the exercises the teachers Armina Bagaric and Nevenka Ćuić were supposed to show the concepts of ‘Red Riding Hood’ and ‘jealousy’ through mimicry, then in the larger group they had the opportunity to go through the retelling a story activity, then hearing test and the ‘Country Lemonia’ workshop which was particularly interesting to the participants. Firstly they were divided into four groups which should write the anthem of the imaginary country Lemonia, become Lemonians and then decide which of the immigrants would they grant asylum to and why among the oranges, potatoes, peanuts and peppers …

“It is very important to talk about the topic of bullying regardless of that many may claim that it does not exist in our environment that much. These trainings are very important for us teachers as we are reminded of some things and some new things are learned and applied, ” said the teacher of the Croatian language and literature Marija Papic. School counselor Lucia Krajina says that much of what she has seen on the workshop can be applied in working with children.

“It is also useful for teachers to know how to behave in the case of some severe forms of violence occurring, but also to recognize some of the forms of violence that are hidden. We have been doing a survey in the central one and eight branch schools, the pupils did not complain of the severe forms of violence, they mainly complained about the mockery and some minor provocation, “says Lucia.

“We live in a small community, especially where the branch schools are, so we all know each other or are related to each other, therefore if some problems even happen that is still solved in the direct contact with the parents,” said Janja Zoric.

As Ms. Azra Talic said, and most participants agreed, that for example there are no home room classes at all in the plans, during which that can be discussed with the pupils, that in recent years, there is less time for teaching students the communication skills.

“The curriculum does not pay enough attention to a very important life skill – the communication, the skill that helps avoiding conflict situations and handling cases of violence,” says Azra Talic.

After the training, the participants were also given the “Learning to live together” manual and the “Practical application of the Protocol of conduct in cases of violence in primary schools in Canton 10” publication in which the procedure in cases of bullying is described in detail.

The overall objective of the “Promoting intercultural dialogue, inclusive and peace education, and prevention of violence among children” activity within the “Application of the concept of human security in order to stabilize communities in Canton 10” project is to promote the intercultural dialogue, inclusive and peace education and prevention of violence among children in Canton 10 by strengthening the capacity and the development of the appropriate methods through the active participation of all stakeholders – students, teachers and parents, as well as the representatives of the Ministry of Science, Education, culture and Sport of the Canton 10.

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Who are we

Genesis Project was founded by a group of local enthusiasts in February 1997. The end of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and devastation after the war led to the establishment of Genesis Project. Since then we have implemented numerous projects and activities.We are located in Banja Luka, and thanks to the municipality of Banja Luka, after eight years of operating in rented premises, we now have an office, owned by the city of Banja Luka, at our disposal. That helped us a lot and provided us with new options for the development of our work. Thanks to our mobile service the "Project Genesis" humanitarian organization operates at the national level, which means that different activities have been implemented in the territory of the entire Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Main objective of our work are

Mission

Genesis Project is a non-governmental organization which, through its professional and dedicated team, helps children and adolescents throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina in fulfilling their rights to have a free and correct psychophysical development, regardless of their religious, ethnic or racial belonging whilst respecting their individual differences and potential.

Vision

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a free and open society that will enable every individual to develop and assert to their full capacity and to become a happy, conscious and free person, capable of thinking critically and acting creatively.

Dijana Pejić was born in 1974 in Banja Luka where she attended primary school and secondary school of electrical engineering.
Upon completion of Business School in Belgrade, she gained her undergraduate degree in economics in the Faculty of Economics in Kragujevac.
She has been active in the NGO sector since 1995, when she got a position of a project coordinator at the U.S. Committee for Refugees.

She founded the Genesis Project NGO in 1996 in Banja Luka. Since then she has implemented dozens of successful projects throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Being responsible for program management, financial management, designing projects and human resources, Dijana has been successfully manage a small team, which has been part of Genesis, for the most part, from the very beginning. The success story has been going on for 18 years, and its best evidence are the results achieved and the children's smiles elicited by Dijana’s team members wherever the road takes them.

Azra Talić was born in 1952, in Banja Luka, where she completed her elementary and high school education as well as the teachers' college. She continued her education at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo, where she acquired a title of the professor in psychology and pedagogy.

In her extensive experience Azra worked as an educator and counsellor in a kindergarten and as a psychologist and counsellor in an elementary school. Her following position was in the CARE Canada organisation, as a psychologist.

She became part of the Genesis Project team in 1998, and she has been actively participating in numerous projects, being equally successful as a teacher and psychologist however as a poet too. Thanks to her imagination, a large number of songs and plays were created that a travelling interactive theatre of the Genesis team entertains and educates the little ones with all over BiH. And, in Azra’a imagination there is always room for new and creative ideas that are just waiting to come alive in some future project.

Draško Stojčević was born in 1975 in Banja Luka, where he completed his primary education and secondary school of electrical engineering and then the Faculty of political sciences, Department of Journalism and Communication.
Since the foundation of the Genesis Project, Draško has been a member of the team. While working in this organization, he attended a number of advanced seminars and completed the training for the SALW and Mine Risk Education Instructor. After training for the design and production of the one-minute films for young people, he produced a great number of one-minute films across Bosnia and Herzegovina. Within the projects he worked on and also successfully implemented, Draško was bringing joy to the little ones through various roles he has enlivened in a number of plays and TV serials. Pečurko (Mushroom man) in the "Game of forest dwarfs," associate teacher in "Whose are the angels", deminer in the "The strange trial" are just some of his roles. Always smiling and popular among children, is a recognizable member of the merry Genesis team and a traveling interactive theater.

Ljubiša Vasić was born in 1975 in Banja Luka, where he completed his primary education and secondary school of electrical engineering and then the Faculty of Philosophy.
He acquired the title of a class teacher in 2009, and for the work in the NGO sector he got further education both through seminars and trainings. Among other things, he completed the training for the SALW and Mine Risk Education Instructor. Ljubiša has been a member of the Genesis Project team since 1996. He has worked on the implementation of a large number of projects, and children and young people easily recognize him by a wide smile and a number of roles that embodied through entertaining and educational shows and TV serials of Genesis.
Professor Mudrić (Brainy) from the "Whose are the angels" TV series, a teacher from the "Forest School" TV series, Borko (Pine man) in the "Game of forest dwarfs ", a strict judge in the "The strange trial", are some of the roles that youngest ones remember him gladly by.

Saša Šarić was born in 1974 in Banja Luka, where he completed his primary education and secondary school of electrical engineering, after which he enrolled at the Higher Business School in Belgrade.
He has been part of the Genesis team from the founding of the organization, and through a number of seminars he was additionally trained to work on humanitarian educational projects.
He also completed the training for the SALW and Mine Risk Education Instructor and he attended the training on the design and production of one-minute films.
During his work in Genesis, Saša took part in the implementation of a large number of successful projects throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina - from educational workshops for children, through production of TV shows, to the prevention of peer violence. He is also active in fundraising.

Goran Radić was born in 1967 in Banja Luka. After completing primary education and secondary school of electrical engineering in this city, he completed several advanced seminars, as well as advanced training for project managers for MRE and firearms.
He gained his BSc degree in economy in the Faculty of eeconomy in Apeiron University, Banjaluka. After eight years of work in the "Rudi Čajavec" company, Goran has joined the Genesis Project team in 1998, initially as a volunteer and since 2003 as a full member. Among other trainings and seminars, he also attended the training on the design and production of one-minute films. He took part in a number of successful projects and his greatest contribution is emphasized through management of projects for mine risk education and firearms. Goran is actively working in the highly vulnerable mine-affected communities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and its primary mission is to educate children how to save their lives and have a carefree childhood while growing up near the mines and constant danger.

Dijana Miljatović was born in 1972 in Prijedor, where she completed primary and high school education, upon which she studied English language and literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Banja Luka.
A large portion of her working life Dijana spent in the field as an interpreter, and in this capacity, she worked for the ICTY too. She is one of the cofounders of the Association of single parents, "Ponos" and a current chairwoman. She is also a coordinator of numerous humanitarian actions and within the association executes the function of a project manager as well as, when required, of the spokesperson.
She joined the Genesis Project in 2012, first as a volunteer, and since July 2013 as a permanent member. Employed at the administrative assistant, she is a necessary logistic support of this successful team.

Sandra Josović was born in 1977 in Slavonski Brod. She completed elementary and secondary school education in Banja Luka. She gained her BSc degree in political scientists in journalism and communications in the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. As a journalist, she worked in several Belgrade media during her studies, and after returning to Banja Luka, she spent eight years in the Nezavisne newspaper, a year as a reporter and then as the editor of several columns and the Sunday edition. She continued her journalistic career on the website for health as a chief editor where she worked for two years. After this experience, she undertook the position of the Executive Director of the International Film Festival Kratkofil Plus.
She was joining the Genesis Project team occasionally as an associate and then as a new member in September 2013. Along the assistance in the implementation of projects, she is responsible for the design of portal’s content, as well as to communicate with the media.