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Gender Equitable Attitudes and Healthy Lifestyles among Young Men and Women

The third phase (2021-2023) is focused on producing tangible, long-term systematic solutions, the key one being the official integration of Program Y (for high schools) and Program E (for higher grades of elementary schools) as part of the compulsory curriculums beyond the project duration in the entire Bosnia and Herzegovina as a result of intensive collaboration with the Ministries of Education. CARE and its partners Institute for Population and Development from Sarajevo, Institute Perpetuum Mobile from Banja Luka and Youth Power from Mostar will continue to build on the accomplishments of the first two phases and ensure the realization of adequate solutions that will last beyond project lifetime.
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The YMI third phase is strongly focused on creating an enabling environment for a long-term systematic solution for life skills education of high school and elementary school students. All efforts will be joined to accomplish the overall goal: to contribute to creating positive and peaceful societies for young people in BiH that support gender equality, improve health and decrease interpersonal violence.

For building on and going beyond the earlier achievements the YMI phase III will specifically induce the adoption of life skills curricula by educational institutions, enabling educators to support young people in developing healthy, non-violent, gender equitable behavior and thereby facilitate their smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood.

This will be accomplished through work on institutionalization, standardization and quality insurance of comprehensive Program Y in high schools as well as piloting and implementing Program E for healthy lifestyle education in elementary schools in BiH.

Furthermore, YMI III will continue in paving the way for social change in BiH by gathering support of movement/ coalition building through the development of new alliances that engage teachers, parents, universities, media representatives, young people and citizens in supporting gender equality focused life skills education program.

Program is expected directly to reach 10,000 high school and elementary students, as well as 300 teachers over a three-year period. Regarding universities, 100 university students would be enrolled, while 20 academic staff as well will be engaged in embedding Program Y in university curriculum. The campaign activities and YMI movement activities are supposed to reach 200,000 people mainly in 8 targeted communities but also across the entire country.

Strategic Domain Health
Status Ongoing
Implementers CARE
Partners Ministry of Education of RS, Ministry of Education of FBiH, Cantonal Ministries of education
Projects implemented in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska, Brčko District
Cantons Tuzla Canton, Zenica-Doboj Canton, Bosnia –Podrinje Canton, Central Bosnia Canton, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, West Herzegovina Canton, Sarajevo Canton, Canton 10
Municipalities/Cities Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Brčko distrikt, Goražde, Grad Istočno Sarajevo, Grad Sarajevo, Gradiška, Grude, Istočno Novo Sarajevo, Jablanica, Kneževo, Livno, Ljubuški, Mostar, Novi Travnik, Posušje, Široki Brijeg, Stolac, Travnik, Tuzla, Visoko, Vlasenica