Educational training for pupils and professional staff of elementary schools in the area of 12 local communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which had been implemented by the Genesis Project since the beginning of the school year, ended with a two-day training course in Kreševo. They included a total of 39 schools, 240 pupils and 60 pedagogues, psychologists and other members of vocational schools.
Cilj obuka bio je da osnaži stručno osoblje škola, predstavi "Priručnik za sve one koji žele unaprijediti mir i graditi društvo saradnje, uvažavanja i tolerancije", te da predstavi eduktivne metode, koje će im omogućiti da u svakodnevnom radu sa učenicima šire ideje dijaloga, mira, suživota i poštovanja. Obuke su realizovane u sljedećim lokalnim zajednicama: Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Brčko, Bugojno, Busovača, Doboj, Kiseljak, Kreševo, Novi Travnik, Travnik, Trebinje i Vitez.
The goal of the training was to strengthen the professional staff of schools, present the "Manual for all those who want to improve peace and build a society of cooperation, respect and tolerance", and to present educational methods that will enable them to broaden the ideas of dialogue, peace, coexistence and respect in their everyday work with pupils. The trainings were realized in the following local communities: Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Brčko, Bugojno, Busovača, Doboj, Kiseljak, Kreševo, Novi Travnik, Travnik, Trebinje and Vitez.
"We are satisfied with the response of professional associates from schools and their activity in training. We were impressed by the activity of students and their need to participate, share experiences, suggest and express their views. Students have shown that they are ready to make decisions have developed creative and critical thinking as well as responsibility for their actions. All the participants were inspired by the methods of work and the offered topics" said Azra Talić from the Genesis Project. In her words, the training indicated that educational practice must be as such to help students progress and develop their specific strengths and abilities.
The students who participated in the training say that they felt extremely comfortable during their work.
"I like to say that we have freely expressed our opinions without being criticized, evaluated or judged", said Mirsad, a student from Bugojno. His peers, Rebeka from Kreševo, felt comfortable, saying that by completing the training, she understood what could be her problem in social interaction and socializing with other children. "Diversity provides opportunities and truly represent a rich community," the student concluded. Đorđe, a pupil from Banja Luka, said that he essentially agrees with all the offered topics, but that the expected outcomes of this activity must be such that each individual topic offered, for example, the humanization of gender relations adjusts to its social environment and attitudes shared by its community.
The professional staff of the schools where training was conducted, also agree that additional education is always motivating and necessary.
"The pupils are 'fed up' with teachers and school figures. Every activity that is realized by the active engagement of students inevitably leaves a trail in their further lives, understandings, actions. And the handbook presented in the training is accessible, usable and useful, "said Jasminka Lisica, a pedagogue in the Primary School" Travnik ".
Her colleagues from other schools also point out that the educational content of such workshops advocate positive changes and complement the activities planned in regular teaching curriculums.
"This kind of training is very important because students have become motivated to discuss and work together to find a solution to the problem situation. Some of the students proudly emphasized that certain difficulties in communicating with their peers were resolved precisely thanks to the guidelines and skills acquired during the training. From this I can conclude that they have recognized the value of the training and that the acquired skills are applied and trained in everyday life, "explains Gordanka Janjić, a pedagogue at the Dositej Obradović Primary School in Banja Luka.
What distinguishes the pedagogues is the fact that the manual itself is written very well didactically, as well as methodically designed with the outcomes and goals that the elders can use many of the attached activities in order to make the classes of the community more successful and interesting for the students.
"Unlike similar seminars, where such workshops work with seminar participants, these workshops were specifically realized with students where pedagogues and psychologists had the opportunity to observe the practical realization of the contents from the manual, which is a much better variant than the manual being presented only theoretically. The workshops were very interesting, the students were most engaged and involved in the work that was the goal of the workshops to adapt the contents of the manuals and transfer them appropriately to the students ", concluded Milena Vuković, a pedagogue at the Primary School" Sveti Sava "from Doboj.
"A Handbook for All Those Who Want to Improve Peace and Build a Society of Co-operation, Respect and Tolerance" can be found on the Genesis Project website at https://genesisbl.org/index.php/en/publikacije.
Two-day trainings were implemented within the project "Dialogue for the Future: Promoting Social Cohesion and Diversity in Bosnia and Herzegovina", developed on the initiative and under the auspices of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, and jointly implemented by UNICEF, UNDP and UNESCO , and is funded by the United Nations Peace Building Facility / Peace Building Facility (PBF).
The project intends to increase the inclusiveness of governance at the local level - bringing together local leaders, civil societies, youth, religious leaders, women's organizations and relevant local authorities. The dialogue platform will be established in order to create cooperation with various stakeholders who will have the opportunity to fulfil their skills necessary for successful dialogue in the community, which are a leadership based on cooperation and a set of skills to achieve better results in the process of building long-term stable social relations. The goal of the dialogue platform will be to encourage communities to discuss (joint) challenges and common solutions to problems through mutual cooperation.
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