A group of francophone ambassadors in Bosnia took a trip to Mostar, where they presented a center for children and young adults with special needs with the recognition Bridge for the Future – Most za budućnost – Le pont pour l’avenir.
The award honors individuals or groups for their efforts in promoting dialogue among cultures and the culture of dialogue. The ambassadors of Belgium, the Council of Europe, France, Germany, Malta, Romania, Spain and Switzerland attended the ceremony in Mostar and presented the award to the director of the Los Rosales center, Mirna Mezit.
“Since its establishment, Los Rosales has provided care to children in need, regardless of their origin. Through its work, the center demonstrates that there are greater challenges for mankind than those we force upon ourselves, and that it is better to face them together. Los Rosales thus builds numerous bridges in the society and contributes to the dialogue between peoples,” said the ambassadors in a joint message which was presented on the occasion by the Swiss Ambassador to Bosnia, Andrea Rauber Saxer.
“We are convinced that this institution, established in 1995 in a critical context that we all know well and in this city, especially symbolic for its Old Bridge, can serve as an example to the rest of the citizens of this country. Los Rosales is admirably struggling on two fronts, engaging in both social inclusion and interpersonal and intercultural dialogue”.
Last year, the award was presented to an informal group of high school students from two schools in the central Bosnia town of Jajce for their moral and civil courage and efforts in building bridges between ethnic groups throughout the country, through their fight to eliminate divisions and their endeavors to introduce a unified curriculum in their schools.
The award is presented at the occasion of March 20, the International Day of Francophonie. Bosnia is an observer country in the organization since 2010.