UNFPA presents ‘Innovations in Peace Education – Tools for the Future’ at an event in Sarajevo

SARAJEVO, June 14 (FENA) – On the occasion of the International Day of Combating Hate Speech, the UN Population Fund in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNFPA), as part of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund’s joint project “Youth for Inclusion, Equality and Trust”, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Italy, today organized an event “Innovations in peace education – Tools for the future” at the UN building in Sarajevo.

The goal of the event was to present four innovative tools for peace education, developed within the project, which offer new approaches to conflict resolution and peacebuilding. These tools include a virtual training program for the development of non-discriminatory media content, a manual for handling witnesses in situations of violence, an innovative game for young people in schools dedicated to tolerance, and a youth competition for the development of public policies. The tools are designed to support civil society organizations, journalists and youth activists in creating an inclusive environment and achieving sustainable peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The deputy representative of the UN Population Fund in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Marina Riđić, said that “UNFPA, in its mandate, aims to strengthen human capital, which represents work with all categories of the population in ways that empower them, give them their full potential in the economic, social, social and to any other development of their country”.

“UNFPA in BiH has been working with young people for a long time, understanding that there are numerous challenges, how they view their priorities, how they take into account the opportunity to participate in society, how they strengthen the mechanisms to realize their human potential in an early stage of life. age. Also, since 2019 and 2020, we have been very focused on the issues of young people in the context of leaving this country, looking for new ways to establish their career and life path outside BiH. We try to prevent the reasons they decide to leave in the most effective way,” said Riđić.

She stated that many young people, through research on the perception of rejection and the reasons why they leave BiH, said that the whole environment, both media and social, often brings them a feeling of insecurity and discomfort and that they do not see their potential here, but also that they want to start their family in Bosnia and Herzegovina.