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.


  • 261 refugee and migrant children (aged 0-17), including 62 Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children (UASC), participated to several educational and artistic activities developed in 3 Child-and-Youth Friendly Spaces (CFS);
  • 52 refugee and migrant children (aged 6-15), including 2 with disabilities, regularly attended classes in 5 public primary schools (Model Schools) of the Canton, together with their Bosnian peers;
  • 72 refugee and migrant children joined the Preparatory HEART Program.


Between September 2019 and February 2020, with Alta Mane support, Save the Children ran and fully equipped with didactic materials 3 CFS in the Bira, Borici and Sedra Transit and Reception Centers (TRCs) in Bihać to offer several educational and artistic activities intended to accompanied and unaccompanied minors located in the centers. Tailor-made for different age groups and adapted to their specific needs, the activities provided 7/7 days in Borici and Sedra TRCs and 3 days a week in the Bira TRC reached 261 refugee and migrant children (0-17 aged), including 62 UASC, and 82 parents. During the same period, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Una-Sana Canton, 5 Model Schools have been identified and, on one hand, enrolled 52 refugee and migrant children (aged 6-15), including 2 with disabilities, in regular classes, and on the other hand, implemented the Preparatory HEART Program, an educational assessment program, based on the HEART methodology, intended to the educational and social inclusion of the minors on the move with the Bosnian peers, reaching 72 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.