Many schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina still reflect the ethnic tensions that triggered the 43-month siege of Sarajevo in the mid-1990s. During that time, schools were destroyed and classes were held in basements and shelters. Today, some Bosnian schools house ‘two schools under one roof,’ with separate curricula for different ethnic groups.
DžemaludinCauševic Primary School is exceptional as a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural institution open to all students. The school, which was rebuilt with support from UNICEF, its partners and the Danish Government after the war in the region ended, has adopted a new model of inclusive child-centred education known as child-friendly schools. The school also made a special effort to reach out to Roma families who often miss out on education opportunities in the region. The school that brings children of all origins together, giving them equal opportunity to learn and thrive is helping to rebuild and reconcile a divided society.