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Young people around the world mark the International Day against bullying, the “Pink shirt day,” and it is observed in the last Wednesday in February in countries around the world. This day has been celebrated since 2007, when a boy in Canada was subjected to bullying because of coming to school in a pink T-shirt. Peers ridiculed, mentally and physically abused the boy who was wearing a pink shirt

. It turned out later that the boy’s T-shirt was symbolizing the support to his terminally ill mother with breast cancer. Classmates showed solidarity with the abused boy, and the following day, everyone showed up at school in pink shirts. Since then, a pink T-shirt became a symbol of the fight against bullying and has become a recognizable symbol for the initiatives and internationally recognized anniversary of prevention of bullying in schools.

Violence among children in schools in BiH

When it comes to the research of violence against and among children that have been conducted in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is important to note that there were more of them conducted, using various methods, operated by different institutions and that it consisted of different parts, i.e., cantons and regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. These studies have shown that violence exists and that it is necessary to find and provide the appropriate mechanisms of prevention.

Within the project “Support Mechanism for Violence Prevention and SALW Risk Reduction,” which was under the auspices of UNICEF BiH implemented by the Genesis Project in 2014, a research was conducted with the objective to investigate the violent behaviours of the students at school, as well as their causes and consequences, as perceived by the students and teachers. The research was conducted in 16 schools involved in the project in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The research was conducted on a sample of 1537 students and 229 teachers from 16 schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina and provided an overview of important aspects of the preventive action, concerning the violent behaviour of pupils and response of the professionals in the schools.

Regarding the frequency of violent behaviour in our sample, the following data were obtained:
• 41.6% of students stated that someone has been violent towards them at some point, and
• 30.08% of them said that they were violent towards someone.

The obtained results suggest that violence among peers is noticeable and that the prevalent violent behaviours are physical and verbal violence, while social violence is less present. Students, according to the information received, choose the place and time, when adults are not present, to be violent to each other.
This data was expected, because the violent behaviour of students in front of adults was not expected, which means that even nowadays the teachers have authority over the students, however the moment they are not present, the children are using the opportunity to settle accounts with each other.

The conclusion of this research is that the situation in our schools is not dramatic, when violence against and among children is in question, but in order to prevent it to become dramatic, it is necessary to act using the prevention programs, during the activities with the teachers, as well as with the students and parents.

Our years of experience in elementary schools across BiH have shown that there is a tendency to deny the existence of violence against and among children in schools.

Some teachers, professional associates and principals distance themselves from the problem as follows:
 denial ( “We do not have this problem.”);
 minimizing ( “Name-calling and mocking is normal”);
 rationalization ( “Children need to learn to fight for themselves”);
 justification ( “If the times are different something might be done”);
 imputation ( “Parents do not take responsibility for the behaviour of their children”);
 avoiding ( “Violence should be dealt with by someone else, I’m just a teacher”).

Why is it necessary to work on prevention of violence?

 The teachers are almost constantly confronted with violent and destructive behaviour of students.
 With the development of social networks the images of violence in schools are often available outside of classrooms and school yards and frequently shock the public.
 Students compete in recording and taking photos of violence.

In accordance with everything stated herein, the NGO “Genesis Project” has been continually implementing the projects aimed at the prevention of bullying and the establishment of effective mechanisms that enable schools to deal effectively with the occurrence of violence against and among children.
One of the activities that the NGO “Genesis Project” has been currently implementing, having as its main objective the prevention of bullying, is the activity “Strengthening the capacity of professionals in education in the prevention, identification and response to cases of violence in primary schools,” in selected elementary schools throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. The activity “Strengthening the capacity of professionals in education in the prevention, identification and response to cases of violence in primary schools” is part of a large regional program entitled “Protecting children from violence and promoting social inclusion of children with disabilities in Western Balkans and Turkey” implemented by the United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo (UNSCR 1244), Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.

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Unicef and Genesis

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


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.


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.