Dear UWC Mostar community and friends of the College, The recent protests against discriminatory injustices around the world have, yet again, laid bare deeply ingrained, long-standing racial divisions, anti-Black racism, and the discrimination faced by people of colour.
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Just like the mission says "uniting people, nations and cultures..." UWC Mostar projects and work cross the borders and have a wide impact 🌎🌍🌏
This year's projects also included one amazing project week — a PW in China!
The project took place in a beautiful small town Xiapu, where our students explored the beauty of a small place - a totally different view and life from the urban life that they are used to.
They experienced the life of a local fisherman, visited an ancient village, learned about the life of people living there, went out at sea with the local fishermen and saw the grand scene of floating houses and fish farms, impressed by the amazing creations of nature.
"Apart from what we learned from the trip, this project week also gave us a chance to learn more about each other. Living together, chatting together and enjoying the view together, we got much closer since we were able to know more about each others’ personalities as well as amazing thoughts".
Students: Kaya, Yuki, Xin, Michael, Helen, Chris. ... See MoreSee Less
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.