United World College in Mostar

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The United World College in Mostar (UWCiM) was opened in 2006. UWC in Mostar is the first UWC with an explicit aim to contribute to the reconstruction of a post-conflict society and also the first to be housed within an existing public school (see also Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina).The UWCiM is the twelfth college in the United World Colleges family and the fourth college in Europe.

The UWCiM was founded as a joint initiative of UWC and the International Baccalaureate Organization with the aim to support the peace process in the country and the region. The college is implementing recognizable model of post-conflict education, practically demonstrating a convincing, fully integrated curriculum, thus offering a milestone for broader educational reform in the county and the region. From January 2011, UWCiM is part of Foundation Education in Action which is a legal successor of UWC-IB Initiative in B&H.

The UWCiM shares the building with Gymnasium Mostar. Before the war this school, also known as Old Gymnasium, built during the Austro-Hungarian rule in B&H, was one of the finest schools in ex-Yugoslavia. However, as consequence of the Bosnian War, nowadays Gymnasium Mostar teaches two national separate secondary school curricula, intended for Croat and Bosniak students.UWCiM students come from all ethnic groups in B&H as well as from the region and abroad. All students live, study and serve the community together creating a unique example of integrated...
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