Years after the end of conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a UN assessment of the situation identified social exclusion as the key factor preventing citizens from contributing and fully participating in society. The assessment emphasized children’s vulnerability as a result of social exclusion that is based on poverty, disability, depopulation, ethnicity, gender, religion and division of population to urban and rural.
Dubai Cares, together with UNICEF, targeted 20 communities, all of which were selected due to their particular vulnerability to socio-economic exclusion and ethnic divisions. The project’s objective was to reduce the risk and vulnerability of children, as well as to increase social unity among children and adolescents by promoting access to education that is sensitive to the socio-economic and ethnic realities.
This multi-dimensional approach focused on the participation of children, adolescents, parents, and community members by promoting social inclusion through education and providing knowledge and skills to reduce social risks as well as through healthy lifestyles.