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Dijana Pejić, director of the Genesis Project, participated in the largest World Innovation Summit for Education. The summit was held in Doha (Qatar) from the 14th to 16th November. Dijana was one of over two thousand participants from hundreds of countries. At the Summit, Dijana was most inspired by the use of experiential learning in schools around the world, and believes that this method should be applied in BiH, because it implies the greater engagement of students in the learning process and allows mastering new knowledge and new skills through experience and practical work, not only through classical learning in the classroom.

What is WISE Summit and how were you invited to attend the Summit?
WISE 2017 is the world innovation summit in education. This year’s Summit was held under the theme of “Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together”. Thanks to the fact that the Genesis Project was in the final selection for the 2016 WISE Award in Innovation in Education (, the Qatar Foundation, which is the organizer and main donor of the WISE summit sent the invitation for participation. In 2016, the Genesis Project was included among the 15 finalists from 13 countries, which were selected in the competition from around the world as the best examples of good practice in innovative approaches to education and fostering cooperation, for the WISE Education Award. The WISE Education Award, founded in 2010, is a worldwide recognition for an individual or team for outstanding contribution to any field of education and is always awarded at the Summit.

Who attended the Summit and what was the program like?
The summit was attended by more than 2,000 people from over 100 countries around the world. Participants of the summit are the creators of change, innovators in the field of education, decision-makers and influential experts who gathered at the Summit to discuss the challenges and opportunities of education in the era of significant political, economic and technological changes. Since its inception (2009), the WISE Summit brings together different active participants from education to explore and exchange ideas and cooperate in a creative action in education. At WISE, the teachers, decision makers, and influential experts from all areas of the public and private sector are meeting in a collegial environment to exchange their experience in addressing the educational development challenges. The WISE Summit has become an international multi-sectoral conference devoted to building the future of education through empowerment and partnership. It is a unique opportunity for all participants to engage in important debates on a variety of educational challenges in order to achieve the goal of a global community advocating to build the strong, successful and secure societies through education.

What is the most interesting information you heard at the Summit?
I found the discussion “Education in the world after the truth” most impressive. We discussed the fact that the children are now growing up in the “world after the facts”, or in “the world after the truth”. This primarily refers to how much time the children spend on the internet where a large number of false and unverified information is offered. We have tried to find the answer to the question: “How should education respond to the challenges of this “world after the truth” and how to strengthen fundamental values and social cohesion? This panel discussion has caused the greatest attention among the delegates at the Summit, and they have taken the opportunity to ask constructive and open questions to the panel discussants.

What inspired you most when we talk about innovation in education?
The lecture on the application of experiential learning in schools around the world was particularly inspirational to me. Experiential Learning is intensively applied in schools in Doha (Qatar), but also in many other countries around the world. At the Summit the experimental zone of experiential learning was presented to us, in which the students aged 12 to 14 and their teachers, from the school in Doha, practically presented to all interested participants how to apply the experiential learning. We learned that it develops children’s creativity through learning and collaboration. It would be great if we could transfer the methods of experiential learning into the schools of Bosnia and Herzegovina since these methods lead to a greater engagement of students in the learning process and enable mastering new material and new skills through experience and practical work, not just through classical learning, which is reduced to memorizing facts and data without guidelines on practical application and without activity.

When it comes to education, can you tell us, after this Summit, what is education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina like?
The education system in BiH still relies on the traditional way of learning, more on theoretical rather than on a practical basis. It is far from the norm in developed countries where the students acquire knowledge through practical education. The system must be reformed to adapt to the real needs of students, especially their professional development. Problem of the BiH education is also the amount and the complexity level of material that is not adapted to the age of children. We in the Genesis Project ensure that new knowledge and skills are conveyed to the children in an appropriate and interactive way. One of the educational methods that we intensively use in our work is the theatre performances. We perform educational, interactive puppet performances for young children of the elementary school age and educational, interactive dramatic performances for children of older primary school age. Shifts in the level of newly acquired knowledge and attitudinal changes are significant and proven through evaluative activities. This is an excellent method that can easily be implemented in every classroom across the country.

Will you be able to apply certain knowledge that you adopted at the Summit in your work?
Yes, the Summit was an excellent opportunity to learn and to acquire knowledge about the innovative methods in educational systems around the world. Experiential learning is slowly being introduced into the education systems in BiH and the Genesis Project intends to be part of this process.

How useful are these summits?
The Summit was an excellent opportunity for learning and networking with similar organizations in the world. We had the opportunity to exchange experiences and learn new lessons. Furthermore, these gatherings are an opportunity to see what kind of educational problems are encountered by more developed countries than us, but also the countries whose development is lagging behind the development of BiH. This Summit was a great opportunity for the Genesis Project to establish partnerships with developed and large organizations from around the world, with the aim of contributing to the BiH’s educational development, which would be appropriate, inspirational, creative and practical.

Forest school

Puppets & empowerment

Whose are the angels

Games of forest dwarfs

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.