Three hundred elementary and high school students in Bosnia and Herzegovina presented Project Citizen public policy portfolios at the 2015 national showcase in Sarajevo organized by Civitas Bosnia and Herzegovina (Civitas BiH). The students represented schools from throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina who participated in Project Citizen in 2015. Ambassador Maureen Cormack, U.S. ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ms. Daria Duilovic of the Ministry of Civil Affairs opened the event in a ceremony in the main hall of Parliament.
More than 35,000 students in Bosnia and Herzegovina participate in Project Citizen every year, and more than one million students have participated in Civitas BiH’s civic education programs over the past 18 years.
Throughout the years, Project Citizen students have practiced what they have learned about monitoring and influencing public policy. They have initiated the adoption and implementation of numerous laws at all levels of government; introduced inclusive education in schools; initiated the building of school playgrounds, sports halls, and youth centers; conducted a series of humanitarian and environmental activities in their local communities; and much more.
Civitas BiH works in partnership with local and international organizations, governmental agencies, and educational institutions to develop and implement quality education programs, teaching materials, and teacher training at the preschool, primary, secondary, and university levels throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. Curricular materials developed and adapted by Civitas BiH, including Project Citizen, are the only materials in the official curricula implemented with all ethnic groups in elementary schools and high schools throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. Among its numerous accomplishments, Civitas BiH has organized multiethnic youth democracy camps and homestay exchanges, developed elementary school lessons on interculturalism, implemented a unique educational module to increase the democratic culture in schools, and organized a Project Citizen youth alumni network in Bosnia and Herzegovina with more than 5,000 participants conducting 100,000 volunteer hours annually.
Civitas BiH was established in 1996 as a joint initiative of the Center for Civic Education, the United States Information Agency, and the Council of Europe. It is the Center for Civic Education’s Civitas International Programs partner in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through the Civitas International Programs, Civitas BiH participates in an exchange partnership between Bosnia and Herzegovina, California, Ghana, and Nevada.
Civitas BiH is viewed as a leader in the field of civic education, both by the international community and domestic organizations. It has become a brand associated with cooperatively-organized activities and bringing people of different ethnicities together. Civitas BiH works continuously to increase awareness among public policy makers and civic educators in the region and to plan and implement activities that enable sharing of best practices to improve education for democracy and human rights.