Creating a safe environment for children in divided schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Many schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina still reflect the ethnic tensions that triggered protracted armed conflict in the region in the mid-1990s. They are divided into ‘two-schools under one roof’ and mono-ethnic schools, where children are segregated based on their ethnicity or nationality in mixed regions. In these schools, children attend separate classes and have no interaction with students outside their own group.
For 15 months beginning in September 2009, UNICEF supported the Genesis Project, which endeavored to create safe environments in 12 such ‘two-schools under one roof’ facilities. The project educated parents, schoolteachers and students about peaceful conflict resolution and communication skills.
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