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BLSP Teaching Teams Training for secondary schools in Republika Srpska and Brčko District Bosnia and Herzegovina | blsp | 20 Jun 2023

Training for LSP Teaching Teams from secondary schools in Republika Srpska (RS) and Brčko District Bosnia and Herzegovina (BD) started yesterday at hotel Termag in Jahorina. Over the course of three days, 10 teachers and police officers from secondary schools in Brčko, Gornji Rahić, Čelinac, Mrkonjić Grad and Prijedor will be empowered to work in pairs and implement LSP modules in selected classes when the new school year commences in September 2023. 

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BLSP Teaching Teams Training for primary schools in Republika Srpska and Brčko District BiH | blsp | 19 Jun 2023

The three-day LSP Teaching Teams Training was held between June 15 to 17, 2023 at Hotel Termag in Jahorina. The training for 42 participants, primary school teachers and police officers from Brčko District and Kotor Varoš, Čelinac, Gradiška, Mrkonjić Grad, Prijedor, Teslić and Novi Grad in Republika Srpska, was organized in three parallel groups. The training was conducted by BLSP participants who underwent adult education training over the past two years and qualified as LSP Teaching Teams Trainers. After the TTT was completed, the trainers were presented with Certificates of Completion of Training for LSP Trainers.

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This past weekend was an opportunity for the Senior Management to visit some of the cultural sights in Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to better understand its history and the context in which PH BiH operates on a daily basis and also to hang out with BLSP staff. We had a great time!

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Meg Harris and Michael Gauthier, who are currently visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina Office, met with Legal Socialization Program (LSP) partners and beneficiaries in Banja Luka (Republika Srpska) on March 3, 2023.

Accompanied by PH Bosnia staff, they visited Primary School „Jovan Cvijić“ in Banja Luka where they were warmly welcomed by Ms Milkica Čudić, School Principal, Ms Dragana Kecman, Pedagogue and LSP Teacher and students who attended LSP classes and completed all 8 modules of the Legal Socialization Curriculum. Students talked about the topics covered at the LSP classes, how what they learnt changed their perception of online bullying, culture of behavior, the role of the police and other institutions dealing with child protection, etc. They thanked PH International for the opportunity to participate in the program.

The delegation then went to the Faculty of Security Science of the University of Banja Luka where they met with Professor Predrag Ćeranić who serves as the Dean of the Faculty and his two associates, Velibor Lalić and Žana Vrućinić, who participated in LSP curriculum writing and teaching teams training. They talked about the importance of LSP being implemented in RS schools as a precursor to the planned introduction of a new subject in schools' curriculum called „Security Culture“.

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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 Faginović, PH BiH Country Director, Predrag Damjanović, Director of RS Pedagogical Institute, Predrag Ćeranić, Dean of the Faculty of Security Science University of Banja Luka, Mile Šikman, RS Ministry of Interior, Mile Juričanin, Brčko district Police and Samir Čorbadžić, Department for Education of the Government of Brčko 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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Congratulations to 40 Access Students from Tavush! | amt | 1 Dec 2022

After the successful completion of English Access Microscholarship Program in Ijevan and Bagratashen communities of Tavush region in September 2022 the U.S. Embassy in Armenia entrusted PH International with another opportunity to implement the program again in Bagratshen and in a newly selected Aygehovit community.

So please welcome 40 lucky teenagers as they’ve already begun their #Access journey full of amazing adventures.

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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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American Library and Training Center Community Event on “Vital Talks of Hope, Determination and Action” | amt | 22 Nov 2022

On November 22, 2022, for the second time in 2022, the central conference hall of the Ijevan Branch of Yerevan State University was full of over 130 students who attended the “Vital Talks of Hope, Determination and Action” event hosting 4 inspiring speakers: Ladislav Beranek, the Information Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Armenia, Gevorg Simonyan, the Head of the RA Probation Service, Narine Grigoryan, Actress and Director of the Armenian State Theater and Cinema, Honorable Artist of RA, and Sargis Stepanyan, Founding President of the RA Sports Federation for the Disabled, a three-time champion of the World Para-arm-wrestling Championship and a two-time champion of the European Para-arm-wrestling Championship, recipient of the Medal "For Courage", Lieutenant Colonel of RA Armed Forces.

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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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Promoting Our Wellbeing Daily and During Emergency Situations | blc am | 14 Nov 2022

On November 2 and 3 upon PH International initiative, a workshop on “Promoting Our Wellbeing Daily and During Emergency Situations" was organized for 4 Access communities: Aralez and Surenavan in Ararat region and Arpi and Yeghegnadzor in Vayots Dzor region.

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