Amna Dervišagić

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Amna Dervišagić was born on the in Bosanska Krupa, a small town located in the northwest of Bosnia and Herzegovina and seated on the banks of rivers Una and Krušnica. As the third child in a working family, she spent her childhood in a poor neighbourhood called „Pilana“ (named due to the vicinity of a wood processing factory that employed the majority of the town's population.) In the very same neighbourhood there once stood a school building, where she used to spend most of her time collecting pieces of chalk to later use in a children's game named „School“. Science had gradually become her greatest fascination, from the moments she read the books Yan Bibiyan on the Moon (Elin Pelin) and Atomino (Marcello Argilli). She completed her elementary and high school education in Bosanska Krupa. Studying mathematics in the Faculty of Science of the University in Zagreb, she moved on and graduated physics in Banjaluka (Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, graduate thesis on the Doppler's effect.) During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she was working in several „war schools“ to which she had to walk miles to. According to her own words, it accustomed her to writing in a small font, in order to lower the costs of buying notebooks and pencils (that were very hard to find in the wartime.) By the end of the war, she managed to escape to the territory of the Republic of Croatia, where she started to volunteer in the extraterritorial school „Marne“, with the purpose of admitting and educating Bosnia and Herzegovina's children-refugees in Croatia. Those were the experiences through which she had realized that being a teacher is a state of mind and a lifestyle, that is founded on the love towards children, on endless patience, perseverance, commitment, optimism and creativity. Her favorite quote of Antoine de Exupéry is: „All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.“ That „remembrance“ is actually a form of understanding children's needs, but also doubts, wishes and dreams. Through her classes, Amna primarily incites students' love towards nature, the environmentalism that leads them to a greater understanding of the physical laws that govern the universe.Her students eagerly await her experimental classes, that never fail to turn her classroom into a real, little „academy of science“. Project based teaching has shown to be the most effective method of teaching and understanding science. It's a dynamic approach in the schooling system in which the students, coordinated by their professors do research on everyday, real-life problems by working in collaborative groups.
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