UWC in Mostar
This college is our first to have an explicit aim to contribute to the reconstruction of a post-conflict society. It’s also the first UWC college to be housed within an existing public school.
Student profile: 166 students from 49 countries, aged 16-18
Campus and facilities: The college is based within the Mostar gymnasium building and is also a teaching training centre. The campus includes:
• superbly equipped modern science labs
• an IT room
• language department
• visual arts and theatre studios
• music room, based in one of the students’ residences.
Specialisms: Students come from all ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the region and abroad. They live, study and serve the community together, providing a unique example of integrated education in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The college offers an integrated curriculum, providing a model for broader educational reform in the county and region. It teaches students to learn and appreciate their differences, promoting equality, tolerance and critical thinking.
Beyond the classroom: Students take part in an extensive community and social service programme, contributing to integration processes in Mostar. The programme focuses on work with disadvantaged social groups including: Roma children, orphans, refugees and older people.
We emerged as a unique group where the national differences of the local students were no longer a taboo, and the memories of the recent war turned into a lesson of what we shall never let happen again. I was given the opportunity to break my initial prejudices by sitting in the same classroom with students from all three national groups of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Jasmina Hodžić, UWC in Mostar alumna, from Bosnia and Herzegovina