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 Final Conference of the “Legal Socialization and Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency in Bosnia” (BLSP) implemented between December 1, 2016 and January 31, 2022 and funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) was held on January 19, 2022 at the Center for Children and Youth in Grbavica, Novo Sarajevo.
Due to COVID-19 travel and gathering restrictions imposed in several Cantons of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the planned number of participants in the Center had to be kept below 50 while others watched using Zoom platform. Introductory speech by the BLSP Program Director, Dr. Nedžada Faginović was followed by a video prepared by the students from the “Fourth  Elementary School” in Mostar highlighting what they liked about the LSP. The program  continued as an interactive event with live musical intermezzos alternating with presentations given by four panels of participants from different cities and institutions (ministries, schools and police) who were involved in in the project in their capacities as Curriculum Development Team members, Teaching Teams or Trainers. A Zoom interview was conducted with Dr Nina Bosankić focusing on the goals, the highlights and the main findings of the BLSP external evaluation. The program ended with short presentation of BLSP team and a refreshment organized in the hall of the Center. The Conference was recorded in Bosnian and in English language and the recordings will be forwarded to all participants and hopefully uploaded to the program website.
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The last of the three Police Youth Academies 2020 was organized December 29, 2021 in Bosnia-Podrinje Canton Goražde. This was the third attempt at organizing the event after the previous two attempts (In October 2020 and March 2021) failed due to outbreaks of COVID-19.

The Academy was organized at the Cultural Center in Goražde. The participants were the second-year students from 3 secondary schools from Goražde where the BLSP was implemented during the fourth program year (the school year 2020/2021). Before the start of the official part of the program, members of the Support Unit within Police Administration of the MIA BPK introduced the participants to the equipment they use in their day-to-day work. The participants were then greeted by Armin Mandžo, Minister of Internal Affairs of Bosnia-Podrinje Canton (MIA BPK) who highlighted the importance of the Legal Socialization Program in juvenile delinquency prevention. After that, four police officers/members of Teaching Teams form the Sector of Criminal Investigations and the Uniformed Police Sector gave presentations on Anti-corruption, Rule of Law, Peer Violence and Cyberbullying. In the second part of the activity, the students worked in groups with police officers and then gave their own presentations on the above topics.

Academies are designed as interactive extracurricular sessions that foster youth confidence in the police and motivate them to work together to promote activism and leadership for positive changes in the local communities.

News of the event were also reported by the local media portals: | Police Youth Academy organized in Goražde (in Bosnian language)

A Police Youth Academy organized: previous academies were successful │ (in Bosnian language)

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In partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Una-Sana Canton (MIA USK), a Police Youth Academy 2021 was organized on December 9, 2021 at the Army Home/Cultural Center in Bihać. The participants were the second-grade students from eight (8) secondary schools in the Una-Sana Canton where the BLSP implementation started during the fifth and final program year in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. First, the Police Officers from the Video Surveillance and Radars Sector and the Department for Crime Technique of the Police Directorate with the MIA USK introduced the participants to the equipment they use in their day-to-day work. Afterwards, four police officers/BLSP teachers from the Community Police and Crime Police Sector gave presentations on Anti-corruption, Rule of Law, Peer Violence and Cyberbullying. After the presentations, the students worked in groups with police officers and then gave their own presentations on the above topics.

The topics of corruption and peer violence induced a lot of questions from the participating students which were readily answered by police officers who offered a platitude of examples from their experience.



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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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