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The United World College in Mostar November 2011 • School year 2011-2012

Our First Five Years Dr. Fischler’s Annual Lecture: European Crisis at First Hand Small Gifts for Big Happiness Egyptian Village is Smiling


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UWC Mostar's Fifth Anniversary

Dr. Franz Fischler with the UWC headmistress and Austrian students

Our First Five Years UWC Mostar celebrated a small, but still very important anniversary on Saturday, November 19. The celebration of the fifth anniversary is a big achievement for the school that was opened as a threeyear project, and it was a great opportunity not only for revising our first five years, but also for remembering its beginnings.

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modest and family-like reception gathered the founders of the College and all the people who helped us survive and struggled for our longterm existence in Mostar. In her opening address, our headmistress Mindoljević thanked all the people who helped the College in its first years and contributed to its successful development. The official presentation on behalf of the College founders was given by Dr Pilvi Torsti, one of the three persons who came up with the idea of establishing a UWC in the post-war environment of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She shared the most important moments of establishing the UWC Mostar. “Being a student in the UWC of Adriatic in 1995 and seeing all the horrors that were happening almost in front of my eyes, I started to consider the idea of doing something to help the post-war recovery in the Balkan region. Establishing a UWC in the very hart of the region was an idea greatly supported by my headmaster David Sutcliffe and later on by Mr. Antonin Besse. The original idea of locating the college in Sarajevo was later changed for Mostar, as it turned out to be a perfect place for bringing the UWC values to. It turned out to be a great decision” said Pilvi during her presentation. In their short

addresses to the students and guests, the founders Mr. Antonine Besse, Dr Lamija Tnović, and Mr. David Sutcliffe briefly shared their thoughts on the UWC Mostar establishment, emphasizing the hard work of all the people in the College. “We are happy to inform you that the Governing Board made a decision on the enrolment of the new generation of 75 students. It is a very brave decision taking into account the financial situation worldwide, but we are determined to keep the College here. This will also mean the continuation of the hard work for all the people here and the full students’ engagement” said Mr. David Sutcliffe, the Chair of the Governing Board of the Foundation Education in Action. The students’ ballroom dance choreography at the end of the ceremony added a glimpse of glamour to the celebration. The reception followed, and the last event of the day was the public screening of the documentary Mostar Round Trip in the Youth Cultural Centre Abrašević. The documentary was shot in the UWC Mostar in 2008 and 2009, and it gave a real picture of the College life. The film brought many pleasant memories and emotions, and it was a perfect ending for the great celebration of UWC Mostar.

Official celebration

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OSCE Initiative for High School Fair in Mostar

First steps in establishing the UWC in B&H

Dr Franz Fischler Annual Lecture

European Crisis at First Hand Dr. Pilvi Torsti during her presentation

The ending with the ballroom dance

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he traditional annual visit of the Austrian UWC delegation to the UWCiM took place on the 9th and the 10th November. This year the Chair of the Austrian UWC Network Dr Franz Fischler and Mr. Phillipe Narval were joined by the Programme Director of the ERSTE Foundation Mr. Knut Neumayer and the sponsor of the German UWC Network Ms Jutta von Falkenhausen. The visit has opened new opportunities for extending the cooperation between the Austrian UWC Network and the College regarding the secondments of the Austrian teachers by deepening the cooperation with the Austrian Ministry of Education. The accompanying guests Mr. Neumeyer and Ms. von Falkenhausen also offered the new ways of cooperation and support to the UWC Mostar in the meeting with the UWC headmistress Mindoljević. The guests also used their visit to learn more about Mostar and its history by taking a city tour with the UWC Mostar students and visiting the student service in the first ethically mixed kindergarten Sunny Bridge (Sunčani

Most). There they could also see the clowning show that UWC Mostar students prepared for the kids. In the meeting with the kindergarten head they could also hear more about omnipresent ethnical divisions in Mostar, and the problems that integrated institutions have been facing in their work. The visit was concluded with the traditional lecture by Dr. Franz Fischler who decided to share his thoughts on current European Crisis with the UWC Mostar students. This was a great opportunity for students to get first-hand information about the crisis of euro and the actions that have been taken to preserve the common currency, but also about obstacles standing in that way. Students also shared their thoughts about EU future in the sort of panel discussion with Dr. Fischler that followed the lecture. To thank Dr. Fischler for his deep friendship and immense help to the UWC Mostar, and his great lectures given every year, students prepared for him a symbolic gift representing Mostar’ cultural heritage, past and hopefully brighter future.

UWC Mostar student on the High School Fair

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s a joint project of the OSCE Mission to B&H Mostar Office and the Ministry of Education of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, the first High School Fair took place on the 23rd of November, 2011. After a long period of time, all high schools in Mostar jointly participated in an event. The purpose of a day-long High School Fair was to present educational opportunities for the 8th graders who are finishing elementary school this year. Although the UWC Mostar is not an ordinary high school that students apply for right after finishing their elementary education, our participation in the Fair contributed in the creation of the complete picture of secondary education in Mostar. At first sight, the biggest difference between the UWC Mostar and other schools were our pictures showing the College life. The College differs from other schools, which mainly focus on academics and not so much on other aspects of school experience. We also provided leaflets, FAQ document, and year books, containing valuable pieces of information for students. As the groups of students approached our stand, we did our best to present all the peculiarities of our school and to inform the potential students of our existence. Getting to know some things about the College at this moment is definitely not useless, since it will give them enough time to get well prepared for it. By informing them of the UWC principles, we

gave them a better picture of admission requirements, and also of the College expectations from the future students. We emphasized the importance of combining the hard academic work with extracurricular activities and altruistic aspirations. As the Fair venue was full of high school 1st and 2nd graders presenting their schools, they also took an opportunity to ask us many questions about the College, as many of them already plan to apply for the UWC Mostar. We were glad to have been able to help them get rid of all the doubts they may have had by sharing our experiences and knowledge. I had an impression that the IB Programme would catch their attention at the very beginning, and most of them found it completely different from their current curricula. They really appreciated the possibility to get involved in many extracurricular activities, as in most of their schools this important aspect of education is not really appreciated. Listening about College life, they were surprised to learn that it means living with people of different religions, nationalities, and cultural backgrounds. For some of them, it seemed almost impossible. To conclude, the promotion of our College at the Fair was aimed at informing and raising awareness of young people of their opportunities and benefits of schools like ours. I believe we did a great job, because personal testimonials are always the best way to promote something you believe in. Tijana Kantar, UWC Mostar student, B&H

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Mostar city bath

Mostar City Bath

Exploring City’s Wonders Together Encouraging cooperation between the schools delivering different curricula for their students is one of the primary goals of the Educational Department of the OSCE Mission in Herzegovina-Neretva Canton. Besides their key project Two Schools under One Roof, a starting point for overcoming educational segregation, OSCE initiated many smaller projects promoting reconciliation in a post-war community.

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ne similar project was envisioned last summer focusing on cultural and historical heritage of the City of Mostar, and was to be implemented through cooperation of all

Mostar highs schools. Cultural-historical heritage, in form of major Mostar landmarks (such as the Old Bridge, Franciscan Monastery, Orthodox Temple, Karadjoz-bey’s Mosque, Gymnasium, etc.), was to be explored by researching source

material, contemporary accounts, anecdotes and visiting sites. Schools worked in pairs, forming a research team of 8 members, 4 elected from each school and supervised by two history teachers. Each team was assigned one

Professional Development of UWC Mostar Teachers

IB Workshop on Extended Essay The UWC Mostar took the opportunity of Mr. Andrew Watson’s visit to organize a professional IB workshop on the Extended Essay (EE) for our teachers.

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he idea came from our headmistress Valentina Mindoljević who agreed the details with Mr. Watson, appointed the IB workshop leader and the member of our Governing and College Boards. As the IB Diploma Associate Manager for the Africa-Europe-Middle East region and an experienced IB teacher and examiner, Mr. Watson was a valuable source of information and counsel for all of us who attended the workshop held on Thursday, November 17.

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Despite being a very important part of the IB Diploma Programme, the Extended Essay assessment still remains pretty unclear, and many questions were raised on that topic. In that sense, the workshop was a real eye-opener. Mr. Watson’s expertise helped our experienced EE supervisors to keep track of their work and improve their selfevaluation, but it also gave the new teachers a great head start for the year. During the questions and answers part, many doubts about a frequently occurring discrepancy between theory and practice were

dispelled by the examples of previous EE supervisions. The workshop has also inspired several UWC Mostar teachers to apply for the position of IB examiners, which is a great way to continue their professional development. Such kind of initiative will benefit the College as a whole; it will give our teachers an insight into the IB EE supervision practice worldwide, and it will eventually result in far better overall performance of our students. Nenad Stamatović, UWC Mostar Mathematics Teacher, Croatia

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representative monument that would be presented in form of a poster-panel, including historical facts, documents, schemes, photos and illustrations. UWC Mostar paired with Karadjoz-bey’s Medresa (Islamic religious school),

to investigate the construction and use of the Mostar Public Bath, opened in June 1914. This interesting public building is another great example of the neo-Moorish (pseudo-Moorish) architectural style widely popular in B&H during the Austro-Hungarian period. Other notable examples in Mostar include hotel Neretva, Medresa and Great Gymnasia – the very same building in which UWC Mostar is situated. Throughout the project of exploration of the history of public bath, students had a chance

to learn about the origins of the idea, the role of Mujaga Komadina, mayor of Mostar in that period, great opening ceremony and architectural and technical features of the building. Most of the research was conducted in the Archives of Herzegovina by Medresa students, while students of UWC Mostar focused on the design of the poster-panel and preparing the public presentation. Despite difficulties caused by the different timetables, Medresa and UWC Mostar students managed to join their skills, assembling valuable source materials and making a very well received presentation on Mostar Public Bath held within the High School Fair in Mostar. Besides making new friendships, the project was a great opportunity for UWC Mostar students to remind themselves again of all the wonderful examples of cultural-historical heritage that shaped the City of Mostar, creating a unique composition of Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and modern architectural styles, blending into the harmonious mosaic. Dženan Hakalović, UWC Mostar History Teacher, B&H

UWC Mostar’s Charity Project Awarded

Small Gifts for Big Happiness

The UWC Mostar’s project Small Gifts for Big Happiness was one of the awarded projects in the country-wide initiative called Volunteer-Profit.

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olunteer-Profit is a big annual project organized by Infohouse NGO, gathering students from all over B&H and engaging them in volunteering and devising various projects. The project is divided in two phases; Social Day is organized in October, when high school students work in various companies and organisations in order to earn some money for the project fund; Project Fair is organized in November when the best projects are awarded with funds for their implementation. The Project Fair, also known as the Fair of Ideas, is a one day event during which the representatives of many schools from all over the country go to Sarajevo to present and lobby for their schools’ projects. All the projects are later voted on by all the participants who select the best projects.The UWC Mostar’s project was voted the B&H’s project by the Selection Committee. We were honoured, but it is our responsibility now to implement the project it the best possible way. Symbolically called Small Gift for Big Happiness, the project was designed as a charity action for helping the refugee camp Tasovčići in Čapljina in several stages. The term refugee often has negative connotations making this group often neglect-

ed and forgotten by most of the citizens. We hope to change this perception by engaging the local community in a series of activities planed within our projects. The first phase in the implementation of our project is organizing two-day workshops in which both the UWC Mostar and Gymnasium Mostar students will make handmade artefacts. Their products will later be sold in a two-day sale at three locations in Mostar. Through posters and media advertisement of the sale we hope to gather many Mostar citizens, raise their awareness of the situation in the refugee camp Tasovčići, and give them a chance to help these forgotten people. The money collected during this public action will be used for buying presents and necessities for the children living in the refugee camp. Among many competitive projects focusing on different areas at the Project Fair, I am extremely proud that our humanitarian project has been recognized for its value. Through small gifts and kind words, we wish to show the children in the refugee camp that there are still people who remember and think of them. All we want is to make them feel special, secure and loved for one day at least. Inasa Bibić, UWC Mostar student, B&H

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UWC MOSTAR NEWSLETTER Community Service

Community Service UWC MOSTAR NEWSLETTER A New CAS in UWC Mostar

Fun with the Elderly My weekly visits to the Elderly Home in Mostar are always an eye-opening experience that expands my horizons in so many ways. The people living there, even though they are physically weak, have really strong spirit and will. But, I must say it took me some time to realize that.

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Helping Our Little Friends

Egyptian Village is Smiling As part of my CAS service, I visit the Centre for Children without Parental Care Egyptian Village, together with my UWC Mostar friend, every Thursday morning. Every day to be spent with the children living there is carefully planned taking into account the age of the protégées of the Centre.

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ith younger kids we usually play different interactive games and organize creative workshops; we help the children who go to school with their homework and teach them English. I am really happy to be part of this CAS, because I enjoy working with children, in particular with our little friends in the Egyptian Village who are in need of assistance. The Centre has recently faced some serious financial difficulties due to the lack of funding, so that the management is really struggling to provide for children. Being aware of this, we decided to do something. Organizing humanitarian action in a local shopping centre seemed like the best way to try to help our little friends. On Monday November 19, at 10 a.m., we started our action! We split into five groups and went to five big shopping centres: Bingo, Interex, Robot, Megamarkt and Amko. We made

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posters and leaflets which we gave to the costumers to inform them of our campaign. I was in the Robot shopping centre group with our teacher and CAS supervisor Selma Šarančić. At the very beginning, it was disappointing to see that our baskets were empty despite many people passing by. They were buying and buying things, but did not really pay attention to our posters and leaflets. And then, all of a sudden, security guards approached our group and asked about our campaign. When we told them what our aim was, they started to put food items in the basket. They collected some money from their colleagues and bought a lot of useful things. All of a sudden, an atmosphere of indifference changed. Many people started coming to me and putting the bags inside. I was really happy and I couldn’t stop smiling. It was an incredible feeling. Our attempt to help someone in need of help was recognized by other people. An old lady put three bags into our basket and said to me: “This is

for the abandoned children and your action is a real help to the needy ones. You are doing such a positive thing. God bless you!” I realised that there were still some nice and generous people who understand and want to help others. At the end of the campaign, we could not put all the bags in the trunk, and our teacher Selma was proud of us. Altogether, we collected 50 bags full of food and hygienic items. We were excited when we took our small donation to the Egyptian Village and it was the best part of all! When they saw us with the presents, they ran to us with big smiles on their faces. They were smiling with all of their heart and it is something I cannot explain – I was very touched, happy, and sad at the same time. This was our first charity action for our little friends living in the Egyptian Village, and hopefully not the last in this school year. Vedrana Damjanović, UWCiM student, B&H

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hen I first saw those abandoned, blind, disabled and rather lonely people, I was moved and sad. But, their warm welcome to our group during our first session there helped me see them in a different light. Now, after two months or regular visits, I can see how strong-willed they are and how strong their spirit is. Commencement of our service in their home in this school year gave a new impulse to the life of this small community, and helped each of us make some new very interesting friendships. In our meetings we had a lot of fun singing old traditional songs with them, dancing traditional dances to make them laugh, learning to play traditional

instruments typical of this area, and the best part – sharing our life experiences while sipping our coffee or tea. Every single Thursday, I am happy to see a short and tiny granny Luca who is so cute when shuffling along the floor of the hallway, taking my hand, and dragging us all the way to her room, where she tells us jokes and makes us laugh from the bottom of our hearts. There is another granny Kaja with beautiful voice, and her singing is amazing. She spends her days watching music channels and cheering up everyone with her beautiful songs. And there is a grandpa Ante who can perfectly play three traditional music instruments, and who is keen to teach us some of his skills.

The staff working there are absolutely great and they are kind and helpful to their protégés. They always help us with tips on how to approach elderly persons; they tell us what they like and what we should avoid in conversation with

UWC Mostar students during the service Fun with Elderly

New Developments: RadioIM Out of all of the CAS activities, few have as definable an outcome as the newest addition to the Creativity list: RadioIM. Our aim is simply to broadcast an informative, interesting radio show once every two weeks, yet, in practice, our effort is anything but simple.

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ith scoops ranging from the inane to the poignant the team does a Herculean amount of work to make the broadcasting times. The activity was started in April of last year in partnership with the Youth Cultural Centre Abrašević and their media channel abrasmedia. The partnership was initiated by Ljubica Bajo, the UWC Mostar German A1 teacher, in the last school year. This year, she acts as supervisor to the editorial board consisting of two student leaders, me and my co-year Eva Wittekind. All of us are very pleased with the outcome so far, and after broadcasting three radio shows, feel that the process is getting easier, remarking on the professionalism of the team-members and how quickly they learn. “With thirteen members from around the world working on news as varied as religion and environmentalism, it’s no surprise

that our show is special”, remarked Eva Wittekind, the editor in chief. Indeed, the show has received acclaim from not only the school community and parents, but from the wider Mostar community as well. The abrasmedia website where the show is aired every second Sunday at 8:00 p.m. received this comment by an anonymous guest listening to the show, “Great show! Fun to listen of students so engaged!” For anyone interested in news, stories,

them. Together with the staff, we came up with a surprise for our elderly friends. We are going to make a short play and prepare a feast for the Saint Nicholas Day, and I am pretty much looking forward to it.

In only an hour spent with these friendly and experienced people, I learnt how I should appreciate and be happy with everything I have, especially my family, friends and health. Our discussions on various topics, or simply making jokes, enriched my modest knowledge. Our new friends give us useful advices that I try to apply in my everyday life, because those people have gone through a lot and they still tend to smile, laugh, and make others laugh. Franjo Ivanković, UWC Mostar student, B&H

entertainment, songs, and interviews told by non-professional, unbiased sources, check out Radio,IM, airing at www.radio. abrasmedia.info Our current show is on the topic of nationalism and stereotyping and will be aired on Sunday, December 4. When pressed for further information about the content, Eva simply replied, “You will need to listen to find out.” Nathaniel Joselson, UWC Mostar student, USA

Overnight Hike on Čvrsnica Mountain

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ne of the sunniest falls in Herzegovina in many years made it possible for our hiking group to explore the wild and beautiful mountains Čabulja and Čvrsnica. The Indian summer seemed to be the best time of the year to organize our first overnight hike in this school year and to climb two beautiful peaks of Čvrsnca, natural attractions Hajdučka vrata and Veliki Vilinac. We were helped in organizing our hikes by the Mountaineering Club Prenj, whose members accompany us in all our hikes. We wish to take this opportunity to thank Ana Šoljić and Mihovil Čuljak for being our backup in all our hiking trips! Hajdučka vrata on Čvrsnica mountin

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UWC MOSTAR NEWSLETTER The Accomplishments of Our Students

The Accomplishments of Our Students UWC MOSTAR NEWSLETTER College Students' Talents

Learn, Think, Act! participants on the ceremony in B&H Parliament

Prospective Young A Blue Wish Poet of B&H

Sun will stay the same and maybe someone will buy you something for your birthday,

Youth Leadership Programme in B&H

"Learn, Think, Act!"

Looking for new opportunities in acquiring new skills, I found myself applying for the Gračanica municipality contest calling for all interested young people aged 15 to 30 to join the Youth Politics programme.

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hat they offered was a scholarship for a year and a half long educational programme "Learn, Think, Act!" including 12 workshops on things such as team work, volunteerism, gender equality, project writing, public advocacy and fund-raising, peace conflict resolution, Youth Laws in B&H, peer-to-peer education, and many other important things that might be of interest to the citizens of this country. Project itself was funded directly by the European Union and participating municipalities. The aim of this project was to encourage young people in B&H to individually create and protect their rights by actively involving themselves in decision making, and thus improving their standard of life. It is clearly a youth empowerment programme supporting youth policies and local strategies to accent their importance in the society. Out of thirty applicants, only four were chosen and that is how one of the most interesting experiences in my life started. What made this programme so special

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is that it gathered many teams from the whole B&H that closely cooperated in developing strategies for the improvement of the position of young people in the country. The workshops took place in Sarajevo on monthly basis. Listening to the problems that young people from other towns face and the way they deal with them was very instructive itself. Between workshops each team was given some money to conduct activities connected with project aims. Part of my local team in our home town Gračanica was my UWC Mostar co-year Haris Eminovic, and through these activities we created a very successful summer cinema programme. This was a big challenge for us and it was really great that we got support from our friends and other young people who enjoyed watching movies in the open air. After 240 hours of practical training and 90 hours of preparing the citizens’ initiatives, the participants were awarded diplomas at the ceremony held in the B&H Parliament building. A guest of honour was the High Representative in B&H Valentin Inzko, who gave diplomas to the new youth

force in the event covered by all major media in the country. I first have to thank my town for the great experience that I gained, because it gave me this once-in-alifetime opportunity to shape my personality at this early stage of life. I experienced something new through programmes and worked together with many people from my country in a democratic and education conscious way. That experience made my will to stay

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here and help my county in any possible way even stronger. After everything I have been trough with "Learn, Think, Act!" project, I can say that young people in this country have strong will and they think positively, but something must wake them up. With all the new skills I have learned, I hope I will succeed in my intention to wake them up! Naida Vikalo, UWC Mostar, B&H

Working for the United World College in Mostar, I have had an opportunity to go through a new experience and to teach by the curriculum that is less difficult for students than national curricula.

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t was also challenging to work with a selected group of motivated students, all of whom have an equal opportunity to express themselves and be noticed, because they work in small groups. A new experience for me is also working with a student who is distinguished by his passion for poetry. He writes poetry, too. It is a pleasure for me to work with Nermin Šehić, a young poet and a student who does not set limits to his academic achievements, save humanity. Nermin is a very intelligent young man who displays an impressive level of erudition and has an aptitude for literature. It is

pleasing to listen to his interpretation of literary works, expressed in clear, precise, and fluent, but still a poetic language arising from his big love, poetry. He sometimes treats us with his latest poems which, I am sure, will once find their place in a published collection of poetry and among our prominent writers. Regardless of the university he chooses, I think that Nermin will not find it dificult to excel. If he chooses an overseas university, we shall know that Bosnia and Herzegovina has an excellent ambassador representing his country in the best possible light. Naira Ćorajević, UWC Mostar Bosnian Teacher, B&H Nermin Sehić

Many will try to give you a handful of stars, to smell dust in your hair, to drink water from your eyes, many will try, will you allow them to dream about you, And there is always a sunrise, and there is always a sunset, and there is always a day, and there is a shadow lingering over your thoughts, trying to live upon your beauty... A rose. A lily. Snow. Rain. I see that in your hair, so please, have a bit of my blue sunlight, please do, scare that shadow away, while the colours of your beauty are still bright....

When a Painter Paints If I were a painter, this is what would I paint A bouquet of plastic flowers (red and yellow) in a big, glass bottle An old Atlas with a coffee stain And a burned candle in

Naida (on the left) with her friend Vedrana

a broken ashtray All of that put on an old, wooden coffin in a dark room Right next to it, thin and pale, a hollow man. His white shirt lacerated and stained A paper and a quill in his hand The man lies And looks through the Time with no end If I were a painter, I would paint this painting and name it „When a poet writes“

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UWC MOSTAR NEWSLETTER College Events Global Awareness Session with Dr Alex Jeffrey

Having Faith in Justice

On Wednesday, 24th November, UWC Mostar hosted Dr Alex Jeffrey from Newcastle University, who held a lecture on the measures of moving forward in a post conflict environment through the NGO work.

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r Alex Jeffrey is a human geographer whose research looks at the actions and consequences of international intervention in the post-conflict environments, with particular focus on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His research has explored how civil society groups (NGOs, social movements and community organisations) have been enrolled in the process of establishing community building, trust and democracy in B&H. Most recently, his work has focused on the process of the justice system in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially to assess how the new War Crimes Chamber within the State Court in Sarajevo establishes trust amongst victims of war. I met Alex through our annual Project Week in Newcastle where we tried to explore the refugee situation in the North East of England, specifically regarding people from B&H. We interviewed him there, and upon discovering that he was visiting B&H in November, asked him to come and talk a little about his work in B&H at our school. During his very interesting and insightful lecture he shared glimpses of his experience from the NGO work in the northern Bosnian town, Brčko. The emphasis was on the importance of NGOs in recovering communities and the troubles that they face in their daily work in a post conflict society. That was the perfect introduction

to the main topic related with the work of the state court. It was quite fascinating to hear about the problems that B&H faces in terms of holding those accountable for the war atrocities, and saddening as well, especially from the point of view that those who endured these horrors will perhaps never be able to see their attackers convicted. Despite these hard truths, Dr. Jeffrey still managed to present this topic with an enthusiasm that was inspiring to a college with a mission such as ours: the hope of peace in a post conflict society, and a need for mutual understanding. Without the citizens’ trust and confidence into the country, judiciary can hardly fulfil its mission in bringing the justice and the new hope for the future. In my opinion this notion directly applies to our school’s mission in Mostar and B&H. Without trust in our agenda and our ability to achieve what we have set out to do, there can be no faith in us from the citizens of Mostar. Building confidence in the War Crimes Chamber within the Court of B&H and the Alex Jeffrey’s findings about it can be a good source of information on how to establish a more trusting relation with our surrounding community and earn confidence of its citizens. It is not an easy task, but we have a strong motivation Megan Corton Scott, UWC Mostar student, UK

UWC Mostar Community on Hood College

Cultural Week

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he fourth week of November was the time to celebrate and represent the cultures of Nordic and Scandinavian countries, as well as North and South American countries. The cultural week started on Monday with a language workshop. Who wouldn’t like to learn to express oneself in Norwegian, or to speak like an Alaskan? During the week, there were also chances to learn folkdances, cooking, and do amazing tie-dye. The highlight of the whole week was the feast – because we all love food! The American Thanksgiving was a perfect opportunity for the feast. In the evening, we came together in the Spanish room to celebrate it together. Students prepared some funny and joyful presentations on the countries represented in this cultural week as a great intro to the marvellous food that followed. You could actually hear the wows when students and teachers tried the delicious food. The focus was on American Thanksgiving specialities: turkey, corn bread, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and the pumpkin pie,

but others were not forgotten: yummy Swedish köttbullar and kanelbullar (who knows what they are), and pieces of Finnish oven pancake were served to the tables. Thanks to the efforts of our students involved in preparations, everybody got a portion and a desert. The Spanish room was full of happy, smiling people ready to party. And as the following day was a national holiday in B&H and non-working day, it was a great opportunity. After the feast, there was a party held in the Old Man’s, featuring music from all the areas represented in the cultural week. I believe that all the food eaten was danced out on the dance floor. The following weekend was dedicated to Nordic cinematography. We had a Nordic movie night with popcorn and blankets, a Swedish cop in action, a depressing comedy from Finland, and a massive troll movie from Norway. Someone could say it was a strange cultural combination, but we presented the best from the Americas and the Europe’s North. Reetta Puska, UWC Mostar student, Finland

Taking the Best of It

What words of encouragement can a college senior send to you, current students of our UWC Mostar? I have to start by saying that I am so proud of you and our high school. When hearing about projects, service trips, and your successes, I know our school is in good hands.

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s for me, my life at Hood College has been treating me well, or to put it in another way, I made it treat me well. I organized it in my way and tried to do as many different things as I could. Like any other UWC student, I came to college with broad interests, and liberal arts education allowed me to pursue my interests. I was able to learn Spanish, take public relations classes, study mathematics and economics, work on a summer research, write

for college newspapers, take a leadership class in Washington DC, lead Rotaract Club, perform in the International Show and do many other things. Not to mention that I had a part time job and some other fun times in between such as seeing Broadway shows in New York, enjoying Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC., visiting Disneyworld in Florida, and drinking coffee in downtown Frederick. Of all my activities probably the most important one was being an economics teacher assistant

International Party on Hood College

Aida with her friends

Dr. Alex Jeffrey with the UWC Mostar students

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for two years. My role has been helping students with intro and intermediate classes in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. I hold office hours (yes, I have my small office), grade homework, and sometimes give lectures and design parts of the exam. Being a teacher assistant helped me realize that teaching is my passion and something I want to do in future. My message to you would be to do everything you want, and then pick something you are the most passionate about, and stick to it. Experiment while you are still in high school and in two first years of college (so you have no regrets for not taking that acting class) until you find what makes you happy and what you want to pursue in the long term. An interesting detail about Hood College is that three of UWC Mostar alumni are currently teacher assistants (TAs), Senad Sinanovic, Dubravka Bodiroga, and I. Senad is an economics TA and we share an office. Dubravka is actually my TA for multivariable calculus. Other alums from our UWC are actively involved in life of Hood College: Emir is working as a tutor for physics; Anela is playing in a volleyball team; Nejra is working on a Davis Peace Project; Marko is elected president of the freshmen class; Maja is organizing activities in the French House; Melina is singing for the International Club Events. It is important to be surrounded with people who try to be the best in what they do, and UWC Mostar alumni are that kind of people. Another fact that makes me happy is that many of the first generation of the UWC Mostar students already graduated or are about to graduate this May. Many of us plan to pursue graduate degrees, masters and PhD’s. Imagine where all these amazing graduates will be and what they will be doing in five years from now. It is a privilege to be part of such an outstanding and

Aida Odobašić

close knit community. Wherever in the world you find yourself in, you will never be alone, because your fellow UWC-ers will be there. My final message is to never forget that you are one of the people who had a good fortune to become part of the UWC world. To this day, I feel privileged for being part of the UWC Mostar, because it truly impacted my life in a very positive way. Aida Odobašić, UWC Mostar alumna 08, B&H

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Newsletter - November 2011  

The Newsletter is a monthly publication about the United World College in Mostar and the Foundation Education in Action activities.

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