As a global organization of schools, the UWC movement has been taking measures to safeguard the health and well being of our community against the COVID-19 outbreak since late January and we continue to do so each day. UWC Mostar and all UWC schools have been taking action depending on their location, context and advice from local authorities, while acknowledging that the situation is in constant evolution.
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Starting this week we are introducing a new and regular segment on our website "Message from the Acting Head" - every Friday you will be able to read about current plans and activities at UWC Mostar.
Stay tuned, every Friday at uwcmostar.ba 🌞
Toward the reopening in August:
"As the world continues struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, UWC Mostar continues working hard to set the stage for its reopening in August.
Deteriorated epidemiological situation has postponed reopening of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian borders, but we anticipate to see some changes in government’s directives very soon.
We expect our Year 2 students and staff to be able to join us from mid-August, as residence permit holders returning to the country. Year 1 students should follow soon (from August 22), based on the travel restrictions in place at the time. There will be a transfer from the airport organized for all students and staff. We also expect to test all students and staff for COVID-19 upon arrival, and accommodate them outside of the student residences before the test results are available (24h) and they can be integrated into the College community.
In the meantime, our administration and management have worked tirelessly to prepare for the beginning of the new academic year by organizing deep cleaning and sanitization of the premises, as well as stocking up protective equipment and sanitizers. With additional health care provisions (college infirmary, additional staffing), clear procedures put in place, as well as experiences of the recent residential lockdown and the remote learning program, we are fully confident in our ability to respond to all the challenges that the next academic year may bring.
We are all looking forward to reuniting as a community and continuing our journey together."
Acting Head of UWC Mostar, Dženan Hakalović.
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Entering the Mostar Gimnazija in 2006, our school building was still partly in ruin from a war that had ended only a decade before. Now, after more than twenty years of peace, UWC Mostar stands as a bright model for post-conflict education and reconciliation. Though national divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina persist — we are still the only school in the country where Bosniak, Croat, and Serb youth live and go to school together — the college has affirmatively grounded itself in our community. And with nearly 200 students from 60 countries, staff from 10 countries, and with 608 alumni all around the world, the global family of UWC Mostar grows year by year.
We learn in Mostar through late night talks in rooms, on walks from residence to school, sharing coffee with refugees in service activities, collecting oral histories for Balkan Studies projects, in buses traveling around the region for project weeks and, of course, through inspiring classes that aim to reimagine our relationships with facts and ideas that shape these worlds outside the classroom. While the International Baccalaureate forms the foundation for academics, any UWC Mostar student will tell you that the intellectual and emotional growth you undergo here cannot be contained by the IB. We are committed to the fact that learning takes place in the everyday.
At UWC Mostar, the city is our campus, and our campus is the city. Unique amongst UWCs, our students and staff live all around the city of Mostar. We share our main school building with the Mostar Gimnazija, one of the best secondary schools in the country. Our cultural performances are held in a city youth center. Teachers and students meet in local coffee shops to discuss academics and plan the community festivals we host for the community. Weekends at the Croatian seaside or music at the Sarajevo Jazz Festival are a short bus ride away. Integration and engagement are essential practices, core to our daily existence.