Building local capacities for peace in the Krajina region

Cooperation and Partnership

In 2019 Center for Peacebuilding implemented a project called ‘’Building local capacities for peace in Krajina’’. This project was implemented within the BHRI project. In June of 2019, Center for Peacebuilding organized three Peace Training events which included people from five different cities of the Una-Sana canton: Bihać, Cazin, Velika Kladusa, Bosanska Krupa and Bužim, which yielded great results as the participants expressed their willingness to make progress and significant changes within Bosnian society. 

The first event was a Peace Training for teachers, which lasted from June 12th to June 14th, and included learning valuable skills and methods of working with children and parents. The teachers who were at the seminar expressed the wish for the next training to be organized for school principals and teachers from the community who weren’t present, considering how important such activities are in order for them to improve their society and their field of work.

 A three-day peace training was also held for religious leaders from the five cities. They have shown their readiness for further work, cooperation, dialogue and progress within their community, and their willingness to improve the old and create new programs and content for young people in the society, as well as pointed out a great need for stronger communication and cooperation among all our citizens.

And from June 21st to June 27th, the youth from the five cities took part in CIM’s Peace Training, which was held at the organization’s Peace Farm, where the youth had the opportunity to learn about identity, conflict resolution, peace building and reconciliation processes, as well as the opportunity to socialize and get acquainted with each other. The main talking points at the event that the youth had the opportunity to learn about included youth activism, changes that they want to see in their community, as well as concrete steps towards change. After completing the Peace Training, participants have the means at their disposal to implement peace initiatives to make positive changes in their communities. 

In July and August these youth have implemented 10 local initiatives in the 5 municipalities/cities covered by the project with the mentorship of the CIM team.

We are proud to announce that some participants continued to work on peacebuilding and got employed in an international and local NGO.