PH International

Bosnia Legal Socialization Program

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Category: Community Development Programs


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The main purpose of the initiative is to assist the FBiH stakeholders in strengthening the rule of law and reducing the level of juvenile crime in this country. The pilot initiative will be implemented in the period from January 2017 to November 2018.


It is expected that the initiative will contribute to achieving the following objectives:

1.      Crime among youth is decreased as youth gain a greater understanding and respect for the rule of law, legal issues and law enforcement authorities;

2.      Youth and public confidence in law enforcement is increased as skills and knowledge about the rule of law are applied in community settings in partnership with law enforcement authorities;

3.      Partnerships among federal and canton level Ministries and institutions working with youth on rule of law issues are reinforced and new relationships among these bodies, youth and communities established.

In tackling the issues of juvenile crime, PH will apply an integrated and innovative approach that educates youth on the law, raises community awareness on juvenile justice issues and develops cooperative partnerships between youth, educators, law enforcement and juvenile justice professionals.

Program News


The BLSP RS/BD Lessons Learned Conference on November 30, 2022, at hotel “Jelena” in Banja Luka was attended by about 70 representatives from the partnering institutions and participating schools from Republika Srpska (RS) and Brčko District of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BD).

The audience were addressed by Nedžada Faginovic, PH BiH Country Director, Predrag Damjanovic, Director of RS Pedagogical Institute, Predrag Ceranic, Dean of the Faculty of Security Science University of Banja Luka, Mile Sikman, RS Ministry of Interior, Mile Juricanin, Brcko district Police and Samir Corbadzic, Department for Education of the Government of Brcko District.

PH Certificates of Appreciation were handed to representatives of the institutions and schools for their support and for participation in the implementation of the Program. They shared their impressions after two years of delivery and pointed out various advantages of the program and its benefits for the juveniles. The final part of the Conference was reserved for the presentation of the External Evaluation Report of the BLSP implementation in the RS and BD school and the empirical results supported the impressions of the participants that the program is highly beneficial, well-conceived, sustainable and that it achieved the set objectives.

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The sixth Police Youth Academy (PYA) within the Legal Socialization Program in Republika Srpska and Brcko District BiH (BLSP RS/BD) was held on November 23, 2022 at the new premises of the Brcko District Police. The event was coordinated and organized by Mirsad Ribic, Deputy Chief of Crime Police Unit for Fighting and Suppressing Organized Crime and Narcotics Abuse and a member of BLSP RS/BD Curriculum Development Team.

Forty students from two secondary schools in Brcko accompanied with their LSP teachers were addressed by Mile Jurosevic, Head of Cabinet of Brcko District Police Chief followed by Samir Corbadzic, Chief of Sub-department for Joint Affairs of the Department for Education of Brcko District Government. In their opening words and subsequent statements for the local TV station reporting on the event, both of them commended the project accentuating its sustainability since trained LSP Teaching Teams will stay within the police force and the participating schools and would continue to work for the benefit of their local communities.

Students had an opportunity to see a training practice including a police dog , some of the Special Police Unit equipment and visit Operational and Communications Center and laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment used for ballistics and fingerprint analysis where police officers introduced them to the work they do. Four police officers gave presentations on the topics of rights and obligations of children and youth, prevention of violence, prevention of addiction and prevention of human trafficking. Afterwards, students divided in four groups working on their own presentations fo the above topics which they later presented to their peers. Students had a lot of fun and liked the experience.

The reports on the event were published in local TV and media portals.

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On Friday November 11, 2022, a representative of PH International Office in BiH visited secondary school „Saobraćajna i elektro škola“ in Doboj, Republika Srpska which was awarded a $500 mini grant for the implementation of small community project titled „Internet All Around Us- Part Two“ to provide unlimited internet access for the entire school. The necessary supplies and equipment worth $500 were purchased and delivered to school to be able to implement the project.

Before the implementation of this small project, only 50% of specialized classrooms were connected to internet through a different project.  All classrooms, specialized classrooms and universal classrooms, are now connected to internet using materials purchased with funds from this mini grant.

Information Technology Teacher and Pedagogue tasked 8 second-grade students and a school janitor with implementing this small project: two students were setting up the WiFi router and password and configuring router, switch and wireless access point IP address. Other students were assembling a networking cabinet. With the assistance from the janitor, it was mounted to the wall in the school corridor after which the entire school facility gained access to the internet.

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Success Stories

"Stairway to heaven" | 4 Dec 2017

This is a story about students, about learning and about making a positive change in one’s community. The students are from primary school “Ćamil Sijarić” from Nemila, one of 16 primary schools in two cantons: Zenica-Doboj and Herzegovina-Neretva. These 16 schools were selected by their respective cantonal ministers of education to take a part in the Legal socialization and juvenile crime prevention Program in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BLSP).The BLSP is implemented by PH international and funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
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