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

MCEP Study Visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina | 31 May 2022

An MCEP delegation arrived to Sarajevo this afternoon for a study visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. A group of seven, consisting of two PH international Montenegro Program Director and Program Coordinator and representatives of the Ministry of Education, Institute of Education, Public Health Institute and Youth Initiative for Human Rights, all from Montenegro, were welcomed by the PH International Office in BiH staff in the conference room of hotel Holiday. The introductory meeting was spent discussing the study visit itinerary and program issues. MCEP team will stay in Sarajevo until June 2 by which time they will meet with key stakeholders and attend LSP classes in schools in Sarajevo, Kakanj and Mostar.

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Attending Peer Forum and Meeting with LSP Teacher in Banja Luka School | 26 May 2022

On May 23, 2022, BLSP Program Coordinator was invited to Primary School "Georgi Stojkov Rakovski" in Banja Luka to attend Peer Forum organized by Grigor Herbez, a student who attended Youth Leadership Workshop in March in Trebinje. The Forum met to discus steps to campaign for the installation and equipping of a sensory room in this school, designed to help pupils with a range of sensory impairments to develop hand-eye coordination, motor skills, colour recognition, communication and sensory skills. The Forum plans to raise awareness of students, parents and local community and organize various activities in order to collect money for this cause. The activities should be implemented between June and September this year.
The visit was also an opportunity to meet with Dražena Kragulj, LSP Teacher who had just completed 8 LSP modules and who shared a lot of valuable first-hand information on the experience in the selected classroom.

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Visits to Youth Leaders and BLSP Teaching Teams in Bijeljina and Brčko Schools | 22 May 2022

On May 19 and 20 2022, BLSP Program Coordinator visited Primary Schools "Sveti Sava" and Primary School "Knez Ivo od Semberije" in Bijeljina and the Third Primary School and the Fifth Primary School in Brčko and met with Teaching Teams implementing BLSP modules in selected classes and young students-leaders. The purpose of the visits was observing the activities of Teaching Teams implementing BLSP modules and the progress of selected students who attended Youth Leadership Workshops and who, upon returning to their schools, were tasked with establishing Peer Forums of at least 30 students. Youth Leaders in these four schools have successfully established Peer Forums and had them implementing their activities of choice, ranging from organizing workshops on peer violence for fellow students, working with special needs children on organizing a bazar to collect money to purchase didactical material for children with learning disabilities to establishing a female football club in school. Peer Forums are expected to present the results of their activities some time before the end of school year (mid-June 2022). 

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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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