Societal Transformation and Reconciliation (STaR)

 

This project plans to gather a larger group of youth who will actively promote social cohesion along ethnoreligious lines, and who will communicate their message of transformation and reconciliation to a broader community.

This program seeks to build a stronger sense of community among the Bosniak, Serb, and Croat citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Through a partnership of a US-based NGO and four BiH organizations, the program will

  • gather religious leaders, religion teachers, and municipal leaders in deep dialogues that acknowledge the lasting effects of historical violence, and to plan actions they can take to advance social cohesion.
  • teachers will bring interreligious respect into their classrooms
  • youth will be guided to become leaders in improving interethnic relationships through a range of activities they design and lead, often in multiethnic teams.

The project includes Center for Peacebuilding, Mali Koraci (Small Steps), PRONI Center for Youth Development, Youh Initiative for Human Rigths in BiH and Karuna Center for Peacebuilding.

The objectives are:

1) To establish core groups of religious leaders and religion teachers who are equipped to model and lead ethnoreligious reconciliation;

(2) To develop youth cadres in each project community that actively promote social cohesion across ethnoreligious divides; and

(3) To amplify experiences of transformation and reconciliation through influential messages to the broader community.

All project activities will be implemented with participants from 10 communities: tolac, Bijeljina, Velika Kladuša, Olovo, Sokolac, Jajce, Banja Luka, Doboj, Mostar and Sarajevo.

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