A conference entitled “Strategic and multisectoral approach in the prevention of violence and the promotion of healthy lifestyles among young people” was held at the Hotel Mostar on Monday, May 23, 2022, organized by the CARE partner organization Youth Power.
The conference was opened by Nedim Mičijević – Youth Power Program Manager, Sumka Bučan – CARE Regional Director and Saša Petković – CARE Project Manager. At the opening, the excellent cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Herzegovina Neretva Canton (HNK), the Pedagogical Institute Mostar and the Institute for Education Mostar and partner high schools was highlighted.
The conference, which brought together principals, pedagogues and teachers of 8 secondary and 2 primary schools from HNK, a representative of civil society, youth and media, aimed to present the results of initial research on the attitudes of young people in national roles , violence, use of psychoactive substances and sexual and reproductive health; which was presented by the author of the research prof. dr. Srdjan Dusanic. The research was conducted on a sample of 1,600 young people aged 15-16 from Mostar, Stolac, Jablanica, Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Brcko, Sarajevo, East Sarajevo and Tuzla. The results of the research presented during the conference will be used as a basis for joint work of Youth Power with relevant institutions and partner schools in the coming period, educational workshops and active involvement of young people in activities within youth clubs (Be a Men Clubs).
In the second part of the conference, Feđa Mehmedović (Institute for Population and Development), author of “Program E”, presented the innovative program for working with primary school students. Program E is a continuation of the work of all partners on strengthening the capacity of the school and the entire education system to recognize and prevent all forms of violence, but also the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Program E is based on proven practices, harmonized with the international framework for prevention and criteria for the effectiveness of prevention. Two primary schools from Mostar are already actively conducting educational workshops from Program E, with the support of Youth Power.
The conference was concluded by the girls and boys of the Be a Men Club Mostar, who shared their many years of experience in participating in project activities. They pointed out that participation in the Be a Man Club and the entire project contributed to strengthening their skills and knowledge, and that thanks to the project, today they have the opportunity to use their full capacity as reflected in their faculty choices, launching new projects and organizations.
This activity was implemented within Young Men Initiative program which is supported by Austrian Development Agency Development Agency, through project “Future for You(th): Young people as Leaders of Life Skills Education in the Balkans”; Swiss Development Cooperation through project “Young Men Initiative (YMI): Promoting Healthier Lifestyles and Decrease of Interpersonal Violence among Youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina by Challenging Gender Stereotypes Phase III”; and Oak Foundation and CARE Germany for the project “Young People as Future Leaders for Promotion of Life Skills (YMI III)”.