Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegowina: LIGHT FOR THE WORLD trains teachers in inclusive education


Inclusion of people with disabilities is at the core of our projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Following 10 years of collaboration and with support from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), our local partner MOZAIK has made 123 of their 177 projects fully disability inclusive. Also with ADA support, we produced a manual for health staff on disability and inclusion, enabling them to better under- stand the needs of people with disabilities. In inclusive education, our partner managed to place five special needs teachers in mainstream schools. In total, 14,544 people with disabilities received support in our projects in 2017.

Featured Project: Inclusive Education Now

Children with disabilities need access to education to develop their skills and lead independent lives in the future. This is not only crucial for the wellbeing of individuals, but also beneficial for the whole community.

The aim of this project is to ensure inclusive, equal and high-quality education for all children throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. We aim to achieve this by improving capacities of government institutions and disability organisations in inclusive education, providing them with effective tools and awareness raising in the media and the general public.

Photo: 74,000 children with disabilities live in Bosnia. Too many of them are excluded from education, severely impacting their future lives. Credit: MyRight

Project Activities

  • Development of a training module in inclusive education
  • Trainings for relevant institutions and ministries
  • Joint development of guidelines and indicators for inclusive education by civil society organisations and the government
  • Public events to present the established guidelines to stakeholders in education
  • Information material on inclusive education
  • A joint media campaign to raise awareness on inclusive education

Partner: MyRight, DUGA
Time frame: 01/01/2018 - 31/12/2020
Budget: € 100,000 annually (50% funded by the Austrian Development Agency)


  • Guidelines and indicators for inclusive education are included in official documents of the ministries concerned
  • 15 success stories about inclusive education are disseminated in a media campaign
  • 40 leaders in the various Ministries of Education are implementing their knowledge of inclusive education
  • 50 organisations of people with disabilities and civil society have been trained in campaigning
  • 74,000 children with disabilities benefit from a better education system

>> Download the project brief (pdf/a) here

>> Download the manual on Indicators for Inclusive Education


Bosnia and Herzegovina
Map: Bosnien and Herzegowina
  • Area: 51,129 km2
  • Population: 3.8 million
  • Life expectancy: 76.4 years
  • Ophthalmologists: 200
Portrait of Marieke Boersma. Credit: Jaco Klamer

Director Disability Inclusion in Community Development: Marieke Boersma

+251 920 65 65 11
m.boersma [at]

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