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UNICEF and “Dubai Cares” Join Forces for Child-Friendly Schools And Communities in BiH

Sarajevo, April 18. 2008 – UNICEF and “Dubai Cares” launched today a new project: “Building Child-Friendly Schools And Communities in BiH”. Dubai Cares is providing $1 million in funding support for Bosnia and Herzegovina which is planned to reach approximately 30,000 children and their families in five  localities in different regions of the country.

The communities of Foca, Gorazde, Drvar, Kiseljak and East Ilidza were selected based on the assessed situation in schools and the overall situation in communities, as well as UNICEF’s established networks and partnerships with ministries.   “The overall aim is to support education as well as prevent social risks among children, particularly those in excluded groups, and to promote social cohesion and respect of cultural diversity among the young generation.  We are starting in five locations so as to be able to have maximum synergy between interventions in schools as well as at the community level. This integrated approach brings together and builds on work that UNICEF has previously supported, and we thank Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and our partners in Dubai for enabling this critical next step to be taken,” – said June Kunugi, UNICEF Representative.

The project outcomes will include: enhancing teaching practices, creating physical environments that better suit the needs of all children, increasing school safety, building partnerships with children, parents and communities of mixed ethnicities, teaching children tolerance and respect for diversity, ensuring school outreach into communities, and providing technical support to decision-makers on education policies and budget allocations with this model of inclusive, child-centred schooling.



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