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“Secondary prevention program focused on the identification and protection of children from risk factors in primary schools in Una-Sana Canton and Hercegbosna County”

Unacceptable behavior at school, which was reflected in constant talking, intrusions and laughter during the teaching process, by a student of the 9th grade of the elementary school “5. Oktobar” Sanski Most, led the professional service of this educational institution to use the Secondary Prevention Program.

According to the pedagogue Dževida Hasić, the mentioned behavior of the boy caused laughter among several students, while most of them complained about the impossibility of attending classes and learning new material.

Verbal remarks made by the teacher had no effect, disruption of classes was becoming more pronounced, and in a conversation with the class teacher, the boy said he found such behavior fun for everyone, that he likes it when others laugh and that it makes him happy.

After this conversation, the class teacher addressed the school’s professional service, and parents were also invited to the meeting. During the first meeting, the father stated that the boy behaves the same at home, that he often interferes with others in conversation, and enthusiastically accepts that in the case of his son, the Secondary Prevention Program is applied. As he stated, he was already acquainted with the Program during the parents’ meeting.

“I got acquainted with it during the parents’ meeting, I liked the idea of ​​the Secondary Prevention Program, the way it is implemented, but I did not hope that I could come to school on this issue, given that older children are suitable and excellent students for me. I was expecting this from my son as well”, said the father.

Through the Individual Support Plan, the father agreed to suppress the boy’s inappropriate behavior at home, that is, to warn the boy when he noticed that his comments unnecessarily interrupted other family members and friends in the conversation.

The boy, embarrassed by this situation, promised to change his behavior because he realized that it was not interesting, but distracting for a lot of students in the class. In addition, he decided to correct the grades, which, due to a lack of interest in teaching and learning, were poor.

Dževida Hasić, pedagogue at the elementary school “5. oktobar” Sanski Most

“I, as a school pedagogue, pointed out that it is important that the student respects the rules of behavior at school on the basis of which he will improve his success. The student was excellent until the 5th grade. By attending classes in the upper grades the success has dropped so it is now good — very good. The deadline for the implementation of the Individual Support Plan is one month, during which the class teacher will monitor the student’s behavior and inform the school’s professional service, and will also agree with teachers to help the student overcome the missed material and enable re-examination”, said Hasic.

The period of one month of implementation of the Individual Support Plan was quite enough for the student to change his behavior, to become active in class, and start correcting grades, to the satisfaction of parents and teachers who are always ready, without punishment and sanctions, to help students overcome certain difficulties and problems.

What makes me especially happy, the pedagogue points out, is the fact that other parents, during the introduction to the Secondary Prevention Program at parent meetings, accepted its implementation if the need arises in the case of their children.

Elementary school “5. oktobar” Sanski Most

The activities of the Secondary Prevention Program are aimed at the student to adopt effective individual and socially acceptable behaviors by developing the skills necessary for comprehensive growth and development, and caring for oneself, others, and/or the environment. The Secondary Prevention Program assumes early identification of indicators that may put the child in danger of becoming a perpetrator or victim of various forms of violence, as well as abuse or neglect. Practice and theory indicate the necessity of timely intervention, from the first grade of primary school. The tendency of this program is to focus on providing adequate support to the child and the family instead of imposing sanctions, as was previously common in the traditional school approach. Namely, the goal is to investigate the cause of some inappropriate behavior and work on its reduction or elimination as well as on strengthening the protective factors or resources that exist in the child’s environment. On the other hand, the program, through a set of education and overall support for implementation, enables the empowerment of teachers and professional services of schools to identify risk factors and provide support to children. The Secondary Prevention Program in the schools of Una-Sana and Livno Canton is implemented by the Humanitarian organization “Genesis Project”, as a partner of UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the project is funded by the Swedish government.

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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 that helps children and adolescents throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina fulfill their rights to liberate and adequate psychophysical development, regardless of their religious, ethnic, or racial affiliation, while respecting their individual differences and potentials.


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.