Graduation Ceremony for the 1st and 2nd Generation of students who have successfully finished Nansen Model for Integrated Education

Two primary schools from Prozor, OŠ "Alija Isaković" and OŠ "Marko Marulić", visited Stolac, namely two primary schools – OŠ Stolac and Prva osnovna škola Stolac. Two primary Stolac schools hosted  a Graduation Ceremony of Nansen Model for Integrated Education. It was also an opportunity for the aforementioned schools to familiarize the other pupils, who are not included in the Nansen Integrated Education Model (NMIO) lessons, with their activities and topics, through the screening of a short film about the activities carried out in Prozor and Stolac.

Stolac pupils dedicated their first year of NMIE to the section "Me and Others". Prozor primary schools have been running NMIE  for the second year. The first generation of pupils passed the "Me  and Others" course, and the second generation went to "Little Ecologists" course  for this school year.

"Me and Others" course was the first realized course of NMIE for several reasons. One of the main reasons is that the NMIE is the first form of regular teaching that is, through the concept of extracurricular activities, jointly attended by the pupils of “two schools under one roof” twice a week. Specifically, NMIE courses are the first common courses for mixed, multi-ethnic classes. Therefore, it was very important for the students that their first attended course was the one that put emphasis on learning the skills of recognizing their own feelings and managing them in communication with others. The planned contents and thematic units were created so that students through the so-called " Experiential learning” develop a better understanding of oneself and others, and learn effective forms of behaviour. Teachers, without whom all this would not have been possible, implement NMIE activities in tandems.  In elementary schools in Prozor and Stolac there are four operating tandems, consisting of: Jasminka Vladić-Kuraja, Emina Benca, Iza Pilav, Branka Zadrić, Alisa Dželilović, Ina Eminović, Davor Puljić and Goran Bošković.

The second developed and implemented NMIE course is the course “Little Ecologists". The program of this course covers the topics such as friendship, co-operation, natural resources, and recycling, healthy diet and so on, all for the purpose of educating future generations who will be the bearers of a healthy living philosophy and the guardians of natural resources of our country.

"Graduation Ceremony" was a great opportunity for pupils and teachers to demonstrate and share the atmosphere from these joint extracurricular activities with the wider community. It was also an opportunity to connect communities, exchange experiences, socialize, and learn.

Pupils, as well as parents and teachers included in the NMIE, have merely praise for this kind of teaching that enables young people to, through their own experience, come to their own conclusions and interpretations, with the inevitable aspect of the game as the main factor influencing emotional and physical development of children.

Statements taken over from FTV News 2:

Ante Beljo (pupil): I have learned a lot. We have worked on projects; we have drawn and painted, and played a bit.

Amila Šero (pupil): I have done a lot of things, I was having fun and it was very nice.

Daris Turajlić (pupil): I have learned how to make friendship bracelets out od straws.

Ružica Zadrić (pupil): It was interesting to me. We have made various sculptures and cards from various materials. I have made new friends and it was even more interesting then.

Elvir Đuliman (Director of NDC Mostar): After the first year, the parents were delighted and this is the best indicator for us - that parents are satisfied and that they would like to see these activities being continued next year. Not just here and in these schools, but to spread it to other places and schools.

After the ceremony and entertainment program and a snack, a visit to Stolac was completed by visiting Radimlja Necropolis.

Nansen Model for Integrated education is also implemented in High School Stolac.

Nansen Model for Integrated Education – We play, learn and grow together.