The Program HEART, 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 Program, developed by Save the Children Italia Onlus and Save the Children Schweiz, 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 (at least) 150 new teachers and pedagogues to integrate the HEART methodology into the curricula of the remaining 47 primary schools in Una-Sana Canton;
- Select and empower two primary schools serving as model and training center to disseminate the HEART methodology across the country;
- Provide ongoing monitoring and technical support to newly trained teachers, as well as to 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 remaining 47 primary schools of Una-Sana Canton;
- 4’000 children aged 6-14 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 August 2018, with Alta Mane support, Save the Children, in partnership with the Ministry of Education of Una-Sana Canton, has identified 3 primary schools of the Canton (Prekounje and Harmani I in Bihać, and Cazin 2 in Cazin) to implement and integrate the HEART Program in the every day school activities. At the same time, two HEART Basic Training were organized for 48 new teachers and pedagogues (6 males, 42 females), 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 the three identified schools thus reaching 829 children (aged 6-18). All the participants received the HEART KIT, a technical package containing materials for the implementation of the artistic workshops in their every day work with children (music, painting, drawing and acting). In parallel, two primary schools of Bihać, Prekounje and Harmani 2, were selected to become HEART Friendly Schools and equipped with necessary furniture and materials to become model schools and, on their turn, to provide replication trainings to disseminate the HEART methodology across the country. On the institutional side, the Ministry of Education of Una-Sana Canton showed commitment to the project by signing 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 Italy was founded at the end of 1998 and started operations in 1999. The ONG is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It 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 1996 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 has been active in Switzerland since 2006. Since 1919, the organization provides medical care, food aid, education and protection to children in 120 countries all over the world. In 2017, Save the Children Schweiz focuses its actions in three main regions : South-East Europe, Middle-East and West-Central Africa.