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Long-time associates of the Genesis Project Iva Klarić, Borka Matić and Đenan Hodžić have been nominated for a prestigious award, given by a German foundation “Überbrücken” ( “Building Bridges”), named “Integrationspreis” (Award for integration). The teachers or educators who are engaged in reconciliation and education are being awarded by this award. On this occasion the humanitarian organisation “Genesis Project” was contacted:
“We were contacted with a request to name a maximum of three associates for that award and that, along with their nomination, delivered a brief explanation as to why we think they deserve a reward for integration ‘Integrationspreis’. That’s not been an easy task. Since we are in touch with a number of close associates, mostly teachers, it was not easy to pick just three candidates. After a meeting of the team and a lot of thought, we decided to nominate Ivo, Borka and Đenan. I want to mention that we could have appointed a lot of excellent assistants / teachers from the schools we work closely with and we certainly hope that we will have the opportunity to do it some other time, “said the executive director of the Genesis Project, Dijana Pejic.
These associates are notable for their qualities and achievements, which is best illustrated by their resumes.

ivaklaricIva Klarić graduated from the Faculty of Theology and teaches the Catholic religion in the Primary school “13. Rujan” in Jajce (which works under the same roof with school “Berta Kučera” – schools work in one building with two curricula”). Sister Iva was born in 1972 and she has been an active participant of all Genesis Project joint activities implemented in the divided school in Jajce for the past 6 years. She was the initiator of the exchange between religious teachers, i.e. she was the first one who held classes for the Bosniak pupils, during the Islam religion classes in the PS “Beter Kučera”. She thought them about the topic “Different but connected”. She also invited the Orthodox priest to give lecture to the pupils of the Catholic religion about life and organisation of the Orthodox Church. She is an active participant of all inter-religious activities, she opens inner-religious dialogues and cooperation and she promotes the religion classes as foundation for peace building, reconciliation and life together for all three major religions living in Jajce. Sister Iva is very flexible, open, tolerant, she often participates in different competitions such as different knowledge quizzes. She also participates in the religious poetry festivals and organises and facilitates inner-religious concerts in Jajce.

BorkaBorka Matić was born in 1973 in Vitez, Middle Bosnia canton. She works as a deputy principal of the Primary school “Vitez” in Vitez (this school works under the same roof with school “Vitez” for the Bosniak pupils – schools work in one building with two curricula). Mrs Matić graduated Philosophical faculty- department for Primary school education”. She has been an active participant in all Genesis Project joint activities implemented in the divided school in Vitez for the past 6 years. It is important to emphasise that Mrs Matić helps the Genesis Project during the organisation of all joint activities implemented among pupils, parents and schoolteachers. She honestly promotes tolerance, cooperation and she strongly fights against the discrimination of any kind. Following these believes, she has always been supporting the Genesis Project in conductance of different activities that are of interest for the pupils and the school. She is a very active participant of all educational seminars, lectures and workshops but with special proudness she emphasises her participation in the two-month seminar in Japan “Building education network for peace”. She was also an active participant of the 14-days seminar “The Teacher, The School and The building of the peace” in Norway. As a person, Mrs Matić is proactive, tolerant and of great help to all of her colleagues and associates.

DjenanMr Đenan Hodžić was born in 1970 in Zenica. He graduated the Faculty of humanistic sciences in Mostar – Department of English language and literature. He is a principal of primary school “Kaćuni”, which operates under the Bosniak curriculum, in a small village Kaćuni in the Middle Bosnia canton. A satellite school “Kaćuni” is located in the primary school “Busovača” (which operates under the Croat curriculum) and two schools are operating in one building with two curricula. As a school principal, he always manages to motivate his schoolteachers well so continuously invest the efforts to improve the quality of education and upbringing. Mr Hodžić insists that his school and the schoolteachers are very open to the cooperation with non-governmental organisations, associations of citizens and sport clubs whose programs fit well in spreading the ideas of coexistence, tolerance and democracy. He often organises joint sports events and creative workshops for pupils of both major ethnic groups (Bosniaks and Croats). In cooperation with the Genesis Project and UNICEF he organised the visit of the UNICEF Ambassador Mr Edin Džeko which made the students of his school particularly fascinated. During the three school years, in close cooperation with the Dutch organisation “Europe Kinderhulp”, he organised an inter-cultural exchange of 110 pupils enabling them to learn about different cultures, traditions and customs. In cooperation with the “Out of Area” from the Netherlands, Mr Hodžić organised staying and working of Dutch students with pupils from his school. Guided by this successful cooperation, he motivates the Dutch students to help in the process of improving working conditions in the PS “Kaćuni”, and through the organisation of the workshops with the pupils the Dutch students also helped to improve the aesthetic conditions in the school. Mr Hodzic, together with the Dutch students, also organised the visit of his students to the ”Kids Festival” in Sarajevo. He regularly supports and organises different sports events in the Middle Bosnia canton and Zenica-Doboj canton, he is dedicated to the pedagogical work with children, and is open for cooperation with all organisations that could help the improvement of the conditions in which the children learn and work. Mr Hodžić is extremely tolerant, cooperative and a noble person.

These biographies show that all three of our candidates deserve the prize for which they have been nominated. The names of the winners are not yet known, but Dijana Pejic says that she sincerely hopes that at least one of the nominated associates of the Genesis Project will take the title. Until the announcement of the winners, we are rooting for Ivo, Borka and Đenan!

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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


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.