UNICEF Representative in her first visit to Una-Sana Canton
“Children through the summer school and other services are allowed to have a childhood"
The newly appointed UNICEF Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr. Rownak Khan visited Bihać where she observed migrant response activities for children on move. UNICEF, with the support from the European Union, collaborates with IOM, UNHCR and partners with NGOs to provide protection and support for refugee and migrant children and their families.
Dr. Khan had the opportunity to visit the Sedra Temporary Reception Center, which houses the Child-Friendly Space, the Mother and Baby Corner, and the Youth Corner, as well as the Bira Temporary Reception Center in which UNICEF and partner organizations provide specialized care for unaccompanied and separated children. She also visited the Summer School at the Ostrožac Elementary School, where during the summer holidays children can play, learn and prepare for the upcoming school year. About 150 children are enrolled in the school.
Children through the summer school and other services are allowed to have a childhood, to paint, write, sing socialize, partake in sports activities. During their journeys, the children go through various difficulties and traumas, and they must have a space in which they have a normal life,” said Dr. Rownak Khan after attending the summer school, emphasizing the importance of working with partner organizations in the field, as well as the support for the Una-Sana Canton Ministry of Education and the Una-Sana Canton Government in these activities. UNICEF in partnership with Save the Children and Ministry of Una-Sana Canton supports inclusion of refugee/migrant children in school and extracurricular activities.
She also met with the Mayor of Bihać, Mr. Šuhret Fazlić, Una-Sana Canton Prime Minister Mustafa Ružnić, and other cantonal and local government officials to discuss the situation on the field and ways in which they can all contribute together to provide the best possible response for every child.