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President Pahor Receives Group of Children from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ljubljana, 12. 6. 2014 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor today received a group of children from Bosnia and Herzegovina who arrived to Slovenia on a seven-day psychosocial rehabilitation as part of the humanitarian development project "Give a smile" set up by the Zavod KROG institute.

The project leader and director of the Zavod KROG institute explained that the aim of this project is to give children a chance to leave their hard daily routine behind and forget about their worries for a while. Through interactive workshops, they are trying to improve the psychosocial state of children and raise their self-esteem. They are helping them to build relationships, engage in intercultural dialogue and accept diversity. In the last nine years, more than 800 children from rural areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the project. Due to bad economic and social conditions of their parents and places they live in, they do not have the same opportunities for a happy and peaceful childhood as elsewhere.

The President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor received children from Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of the Zavod KROG institute project
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

As part of their visit to Slovenia, the children visited today the Presidential Palace, where they were received by the President of the Republic of Slovenia. During a relaxed conversation, the children asked the President several humorous questions and President Pahor shared with them his experience from his recent official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.