UWC in Mostar
UWC in Mostar
Location: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina; student profile: 154 students aged 16-18; founded: 2006
UWC in Mostar opened its doors to students from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and abroad in 2006. The college is the core part of the Foundation Education in Action. UWC Mostar is the first UWC with an explicit aim to contribute to the reconstruction of a post-conflict society, and also the first to be housed within an existing public school.
The college is based within the Mostar Gymnasium, which teaches two national separate secondary school curricula, intended for Croat and Bosniak students as a consequence of the war in the 1990s. UWC Mostar students come from all ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as from the region and abroad. All students live, study and serve the community together making a unique example of integrated education in post war Bosnia and Herzegovina
Campus and facilities
Unlike most other UWCs, UWC Mostar does not have its own campus - students live in two big residences in different parts of the still post-war divided City of Mostar.
UWC Mostar aims to offer a convincing classroom model of integrated curriculum thus offering a model for broader educational reform in the county and the region. It educates students to learn and appreciate their differences, at the same time promoting equality, tolerance and critical thinking. The college also serves as the Centre for Professional Development of BiH Teachers who receive training in international educational standards.
The classes for UWC Mostar students take place in the superbly equipped modern science labs and classrooms including a modern IT room and language department based in an additional college building just next to Mostar Gymnasium building. The college also has a Visual Arts and Theatre Arts Studios, as well as a Music room, all based in one of the students’ residences.
Beyond the classroom
In addition to its academic programme, UWC Mostar students take part in extensive community and social service program. The community service programme aims to contribute to the integration processes in Mostar focusing on working with underprivileged social groups such as Roma children, orphans, refugees and the elderly.
We emerged as a unique group where the national differences of the local students were no longer a taboo, and the memories of the recent war turned into a lesson of what we shall never let happen again. I was given the opportunity to break my initial prejudices by sitting in the same classroom with students from all three national groups of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Jasmina Hodžic, UWC Mostar alumni from Bosnia and Herzegovina
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