Art and Development


Sector: Art and Development Ongoing Country: Bosnia-Herzegovina Project status: Ongoing Partner: Save the Children
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The project “Supporting Refugee and Migrant Children in Bosnia-Herzegovina” that Save the Children will develop in Una-Sana Canton, the worst affected by the permanent migration flows trying to reach safety in Europe, aims to ensure appropriate protection, qualitative standards for reception conditions, educational and social integration, as well as psychosocial support to refugee and migrant children in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Specifically, this project intends to:

  • Offer psychosocial support through arts for accompanied and unaccompanied minors to help them start a post-traumatic resilience process, strengthen their coping mechanisms, and promote their social, emotional, cognitive and motor development;
  • Ensure all refugee and migrant children, including unaccompanied and separated children, have access to quality formal education, including enrolment in regular classes in public primary schools of Una-Sana Canton, together with their peers from the local community.


  • (At least) 460 refugee and migrant children (aged 3-18), including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC), participate to educational and artistic activities in 3 Child-and-Youth Friendly Spaces (CFS) in 3 Transit and Reception Centers in Una-Sana Canton: Bira, Borici and Sedra Camps;
  • (At least) 260 refugee and migrant children (aged 6-15), including UASC, regularly attend classes in 5 public primary schools (Model Schools) of the Canton, together with their Bosnian peers.


Between September 2019 and August 2020, with Alta Mane support, Save the Children aims to develop the following activities:

  • Run, with its local partner Zene sa Une, 3 CFS at Bira, Borici and Sedra Camps in order to offer psychosocial support through arts for accompanied and unaccompanied minors;
  • Implement the Preparatory HEART Program (an educational assessment program, based on the HEART methodology, adapted to the needs of refugee and migrant children located in the camps, and intended to their educational and social inclusion with the Bosnian peers) in 5 Model Schools of Una-Sana Canton;
  • Design a MEAL Process (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) to measure the efficacy, sustainability, quality as well as the quantitative and qualitative impact on beneficiaries of the different educational and child protection programs for refugee and migrant children.


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 Switzerland: 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.