The HEART Programme, successfully implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2013 by Save the Children North-West Balkans, was fundamental to offer psychosocial support to many children suffering from severe chronic stress symptoms of the canton of Tuzla, Una-Sana and Posavina. On the basis of the excellent results obtained, the Phase III of the Programme (2017-2019), developed by Save the Children Italia Onlus and Save the Children Switzerland aims to institutionalize the HEART methodology across the whole country and integrate it into all the national education curricula.
Specifically, this project intends to:
- Train 150 new teachers and pedagogues to integrate the HEART methodology into the curricula of the 47 primary schools in Una-Sana Canton;
- Select and empower two primary schools serving as model and training centers (HEART Friendly Schools) to disseminate the HEART methodology across the country;
- Provide ongoing monitoring and technical support to 50 teachers/counsellors trained in the Phase II (2016-2017);
- Develop a strategy for long-term sustainability of HEART Program in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Pedagogical Institute of Una-Sana Canton.
Potential Direct beneficiaries estimated during the years of the project (2017-2019)
- 150 new teachers and pedagogues of the 47 primary schools of Una-Sana Canton;
- 50 teachers trained in the Phase II (2016-2017);
- 4’000 children ages 6-15 years.
Potential Indirect beneficiaries estimated during the years of the project (2017-2019)
- 4’800 children of Una-Sana and Posavina Cantons indirectly benefiting from the implementation of the HEART methodology into the educational curricula.
Between October 2017 and February 2019, with Alta Mane support, Save the Children, in partnership with the Ministry of Education of Una-Sana Canton, has selected two primary schools of the Canton (Prekounje Primary School and Harmani II Primary School in Bihać) to become HEART Friendly Schools. Both schools have been equipped with necessary furniture and materials to become model schools and, on their turn, to provide peer-to peer monitoring activities to all teachers willing to implement and integrate the HEART Programme in the everyday school activities. At the same time, three HEART Basic Training were organized for 71 new teachers and pedagogues, a 4-day training allowing them to gain experience in implementing the methodology designed by Save the Children and try all the artistic activities in 18 identified schools thus reaching 1’558 children (aged 6-15); and 48 teachers, previously trained during the Phase II, took part to two Follow-up trainings. All the participants received the HEART KIT, a technical package containing materials for the implementation of the artistic workshops in their everyday work with children (music, painting, drawing and acting). On the institutional side, the Ministry of Education of Una-Sana Canton showed commitment to the project by signing, on May 14, 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding with Save the Children North West Balkans. This agreement aims to monitor and improve the implementation of HEART program, to disseminate it in all the schools of the Canton and contribute to its sustainability on the long-term.
Save the Children Italia Onlus: recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Save the Children Italia Onlus runs health, emergency response, education and child protection programs for children in 122 countries, both in Italy and in developing countries. It is present in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1991 where it manages different education and child protection programs in favor of the most vulnerable and needy children, and in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Pedagogical Institute works to guarantee an inclusive and quality school education across the country.
Save the Children Schweiz: established in 2006, since its inception the organization provides medical care, food aid, education and protection to children in 120 countries all over the world.