The first in a series of the meetings of the expert group within the “Promoting intercultural dialogue, inclusive and peace education, and prevention of violence among children in Canton 10” project activities was held in Livno.
The expert group, which consists of the principals and teachers of the primary schools of the HBC, and the representatives of the Ministry of Science, Education, Culture and Sport and the Department of Education is taking part in the drafting the “Practical use of Protocol of conduct in cases of violence in primary schools of HBC” publication. The publication will, after the approval of the county Ministry of Science, Education, Culture and Sports, be distributed primarily among the elementary schools which are directly covered by the project activity, as well as among other schools in which there is the interest and need.
The expert Group will, during their meetings, work on developing the recommendations to update the curriculum in order to achieve more efficient implementation of the program of the intercultural, inclusive and peace education, prevention of violence and discrimination against children and on coming up with an effective recommendation for the establishment of cooperation between parents and professionals in the school for the purpose of more efficient prevention of the violent behaviours of the pupils. All recommendations are designed to be an integral part of the “Practical use of Protocol of conduct in cases of violence in primary schools of HBC” publication.
The “Promoting intercultural dialogue, inclusive and peace education, and prevention of violence among children in Canton 10” 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 United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security and implemented by the UN agencies in BiH (UNICEF, IOM, UNHCR and UNDP). The project goal is the application of the concept of the human safety with the special emphasis on the needs of the returnees and socially vulnerable through the establishment of the partnerships with the municipalities, cantonal government and civil society organizations, in order to ensure the local acceptance and support in addition to the long-term sustainability of the project. The activities take place at the school level, local communities and the relevant ministry. It also includes the workshops for the children and the establishment of the coordinating teams.
Expected results of the “Promoting intercultural dialogue, inclusive and peace education, and prevention of violence among children” activity are reducing the occurrence of violence and discrimination among children, increasing tolerance, communication skills and understanding of the differences among children; increased knowledge of the children and adults about the dangers of landmines, unexploded ordnance and small arms and light weapons, and at the end the increased capacity of the ministry responsible for planning, management and implementation of the activities aimed at promoting the intercultural dialogue, inclusive and peace education and prevention of violence and discrimination against children within the curriculum of the school.