Children in BIH Learning About MRE Through 'Think Mines' Competitions
During the school year, the Red Cross Society of BIH organized several mine risk education (MRE) competitions ‘Think Mines’ for 7th grade primary school students across BIH. Through participation in ‘Think Mines’ competition, students become aware of the long-term nature of the mine contamination in BIH and the dangers that landmines pose to individuals. During the competition, children acquire the necessary knowledge and learn about safe behavior in mine contaminated surroundings. Throughout the school year, about 25,000 children were included in the competitions. In addition to those who participate as competitors, many others participate as observers and thus acquiring knowledge about risks posed by landmines and other explosive remnants of war.
A competition team consists of three members, who are accompanied by a teacher and a MRE instructor. The municipal competitions were held in October 2018, the regional/cantonal in November 2018, and the entity in December 2018. The Finals at the state level were held on 7 June 2019 in Mostar, BIH. Ambassador Tomaž Lovrenčič, Director of ITF Enhancing Human Security also attended the final competition and presented the awards to participating students.
The following six schools participated in the Finals:
Primary School “Silvije Strahimir Kranjčević”, Sarajevo,
Primary School “Tojšići”, Kalesija,
Primary School “Vaso Pelagić”, Pelagićevo,
Primary School “Suljo Čilić”, Jablanica,
Primary School “Vuk Karadžić”, Višegrad,
Primary School “Nikola Tesla”, Derventa.
Congratulations to Primary School Silvije Strahimir Kranjcevic from Sarajevo for the win and to all participating students for showing great knowledge on mine-related problems!
The implementation of the project is enabled by the donations of Republic of Korea through ITF Enhancing Human Security, and International Committee of the Red Cross – Delegation in BIH.