PH International


Bosnia and Herzegovina | Bosnia Legal Socialization Program | 3 Dec 2018

The United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) awarded a grant to the PH International, for implementation of Legal Socialization Program (LSP)  for an initial project period of two years in Zenica – Doboj and Herzegovina – Neretva Cantons. After two year of the project implementation an external evaluation was carried out in order to determine relevance and success of Legal Socialisation Program. The results of evaluation were presented at the Evaluation Conference.

The Evaluation Conference took place in Sarajevo, on Wednesday 28th November,  Sarajevo in Hotel Novotel-Bristol.

Framework for the implementation of project activities in two selected cantons are Memorandums of Understanding signed with ministries of Interior and ministries of Education in selected cantons. Two-year project has been implemented in the period from January 2017 to November 2018.

The objectives of the project are:

- to educate youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina about the rule of law,  the significance of following the law, the broader implication of breaking the law, (e.g. corruption, drug use, trafficking, and etc.) and the role of the law enforcement institutions,

- establish positive interaction between youth and law enforcement authorities, which will promote a service- oriented perspective to policing within the police force and improve public confidence in the police.

Direct beneficiaries of this two year project in selected cantons are students from 16 primary and 11 secondary schools. In selected schools within regular curriculum the Modules of Legal Socialization Program were implemented, that have covering topics concerning the rule of law, students’ and community’s security (e.g. prevention of physical violence, addiction prevention, prevention of child abuse, corruption, prevention of violent extremism…). Apart from regular curriculum activities the LSP implemented after-school activities in the local communities, with involvement of police officers, teachers, students and wider local community members. Both, curriculum and after-school activities are contribution to the prevention of juvenile delinquency.