PH International

Bosnia Legal Socialization Program

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Category: Community Development Programs

About

Web Site: http://www.ph-int.org/blsp/

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.

Objectives

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

POLICE YOUTH ACADEMY 2020 FOR WEST HERZEGOVINA CANTON HELD IN BIJAČA | 8 Jun 2021

In partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the West Herzegovina Canton (MIA WHC), a Police Youth Academy 2020 was organized on 4 June 2021 at the Business Incubator Bijača. The participants were students of the second and third year from Gimnazija Ljubuški, Gimnazija fra Grge Martića and Secondary Vocational School from Posušje in the West Herzegovina Canton where the BLSP was implemented during the fourth program year. Police Officers from the Special Task Force and the Road Safety Unit of the Police Directorate with the MIA WHC introduced the participants to the equipment they use in their day-to-day work. Afterwards, four police officers from the Uniformed Police Sector and Crime Police Sector gave presentations on Anti-corruption, Rule of Law, Peer Violence and Cyberbullying. The students worked in groups with police officers and then gave their own presentations on the above topics. Based on their conclusions, the aim of the Police Academy which was to enhance the students’ knowledge on the juvenile crime prevention and trust in the police and inform them how to take part in fight against corruption, cyberbullying and peer violence in their local communities along with the law enforcement agencies has been accomplished.

 

 

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MEETING BETWEEN BLSP BOSNIA AND THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE OF THE FEDERATION OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA | 19 Apr 2021

On March 26, 2021 a meeting with Ms Nedzada Faginovic, Country Director of PH International Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina was organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH). The occasion was to discuss the integration of the Legal Socialisation and Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency Program (BLSP) into the preventive activities implemented as a part of the Action Plan for Preventing and Combating Terrorism in the FBiH.

On behalf of the FBiH Ministry of Education and Science, the meeting was attended by Ms Nadija Bandic, Assistant Minister for Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Education and a member of an interdepartmental Working Group of the Government of FBIH.

“The interdisciplinary approach and the application of modern teaching methods in educational materials used by the BLSP induce independence, interactivity and critical thinking ability as well as nonviolent action by students, aimed at reducing social inequality and encouraging social inclusion and creating positive attitude towards the police and other public institutions”, she said. 

Source: http://www.fmon.gov.ba/Obavjest/Pregled/627

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BLSP HAS ENSURED THE LSP CURRICULUM SUSTAINABILITY IN HERZEGOVINA-NERETVA CANTON AND ZENICA-DOBOJ CANTON | 25 Feb 2020

Convinced  that satisfactory professional capacities have been built during the three-year LSP implementation that are capable to ensure its sustainability in two pilot cantons i.e.Herzegovina-Neretva Canton and Zenica-Doboj Canton and its further expansion to schools that have not been involved in LSP activities, the BLSP Office initiated and held joint meetings with the Ministers of Education and the Ministers of Interior in these cantons to discuss that possibility.

At the meeting held on February 6, 2020 in Mostar, the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton – Mr Rašid Hadžović and the Minister of the Interior of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton – Mr Slađan Bevanda expressed satisfaction with the previous cooperation and results achieved, and the program fokus on prevention. Both ministers expressed their willingness to provide all necessary support for continuation of LSP activities as well as the official decisions of competent cantonal authorities in that sense.

At a meeting held 11.02.2020.godine in Zenica, the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Zenica-Doboj Canton  - Mr Spahija Kozlić and the  Minister of Interior of Zenica-Doboj Canton – Mr Dario Pekić assessed that current cooperation and results achieved in implementing LSP very successful. In an effort to continue successful cooperation in this area in the future, the ministers signed a memorandum of cooperation defining the principles of cooperation, forms of joint action and modes of using human and other capacities of both ministries in further LSP implementation and juvenile delinquency prevention.

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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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