let’s create a better society
The project brought together students with different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds and inspired them to work together on creating a better society, with 6 main pillars: Equality, Freedom, Solidarity, Opportunity, Justice and Liberty.
This project is part of HARMONY Ripple Projects series, implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2022.
We believe that positive changes in society are only possible if we first make positive changes within ourselves. By delivering our “Train the trainer” program across the region, both the philosophy and implementation of our mission will spread to communities who need it most.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
High school students coming from 2 different cities challenged the different concepts of society, leadership, (in)justice, discrimination and prejudices, as depicted in the “Lord of the Flies” book.
Through the usage of drama-based pedagogy, students were divided into three groups and sent to imaginary islands with certain tools to create a new society. Those societies have new and unique set of rules and laws, and their citizens (students) chose roles to leverage their talents and potential.
Followed by a debate and comparison of their imaginary and real societies, participants addressed important issues they face as a youth in their country.
The project was implemented at Vlasic Mountain, from 1st until 3rd of August, 2022.
The implementation of this project was supported by NGO SANCHILD, in partnership with The First Gymnasium from Zenica and The Franciscan Classical Gymnasium from Visoko.
About the harmony trainees
Dragana Koprivica is an English language teacher in Grammar school in Visoko. She is very passionate about learning languages, and she also speaks Turkish and Spanish. She loves working with children, and she is engaged in many projects and activities to promote non-formal education.
Ermina Svraka is an English language teacher who devoted her life to making students enjoy while they learn. She is highly motivated to learn and experience something new. Her highest achievement is establishing a private language school called “Magpie” which she manages to run in parallel with her regular job in high school. She is creative and initiative and has a great leadership skills. She is interested in Drama based pedagogy and new approaches to teaching.
“Through taking the roles of both creators and moderators of the “new society”, students will develop argumentation, leadership and decision-making skills, that will help them develop into a socially responsible citizens, capable of differentiating right from wrong.”
HOW IS THE LOCAL HARMONY PROJECT CREATED?
HARMONY Project is a platform for education of professionals, designed with the focus on individual well-being, interpersonal connections, and trust-building.
One HARMONY Project starts as the “Train the Trainer” program, where participants (trainees) undergo 7 training modules carefully designed by the international coaches, and results in the Local HARMONY Projects. Each project is designed by one trainee and addresses one issue or an important topic in their local communities, and is implemented by employing their unique skill set, SANCHILD’s values and the HARMONY Project mission to inspire positive changes. Finally, the projects may continue to be improved and implemented in the future, to create “long-lasting ripple effects that positively transform societies”.
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