December 2016


During 16 Days of Activism Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence under the motto AWAKEN, MOVE, CHANGE, over 2000 students from 41 BH schools have discussed gender- and peer-based violence by participating in 68 creative workshops together with 400 teachers and 1300 parents. In cooperation with Herzegovina-Neretva Canton Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, Central Bosnia Canton Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Sarajevo Canton Ministry of Education, Science and Youth and with the Norwegian Embassy's financial support, TPO Foundation has successfully conducted a series of educational activities which positively contributed to building a better and more just BH educational system.
TPO Foundation extended its teacher cooperation network and gathered over 40 primary and secondary schools this year after last year's positive experience with 24 primary and secondary schools which cooperated by actively participating in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The common goal was to actively contribute to raising young people's awareness about causes and consequences of gender- and peer-based violence. Using different educational content and teaching approaches, participants spoke about that issue on the basis of greater cooperation between school community, teachers and parents. With TPO Foundation's support, over 2000 students participated in the campaign and each school organized some educational activities which implied active cooperation of teachers, students and parents.

One of the joint activities were parent-teacher-student conferences called CHILDREN ARE OUR REFLECTION at which over 1300 parents were acquainted with different types of parenting as well as causes and possibilities of preventing gender-based violence at school or at home.
We would like to thank all parents, students, their teachers as well as entire school faculties from Mostar, Blagaj, Gnojnice, Travnik, Jajce, Uskoplje, Sarajevo, Dejčići, Pazarić, Tuzla, Živinice... who have showed true professionalism, devotion and love for pedagogical work. Their joint message is that peer- and gender-based violence is a question of responsibility of all social actors and it represents a prelude to new upcoming activities. This year's 16 Days of Activism campaign motto AWAKEN, MOVE, CHANGE fulfilled its set mission, and teachers, students and parents have together started positive changes in their own school communities.