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Results of 3 researches on discrimination in education presented

Sarajevo, 11.12.2008 - Conference titled B-H on the path towards EU: Education indispensable key for a stable future was held in Sarajevo and attended by around hundred representatives of authorities, education institutions, NGOs and experts in education. 

Opening speeches were given by the Ambassador of Norway, H.E. Jan Braathu, Ms Esma Hadzagic, Assistant Minister of Civil Affairs of B-H, Ms Meliha Alic, Minister of Education of the Federation of B-H, June Kunugi representative of UNICEF BH, Mr. Bjorn Hagen, Director of Save the Children Norway SEE and Mr. Mirza Kusljugic, Member of Managing Board of Open Society Fund.

Three researches carried out by three international organizations in B-H: Save the Children Norway (Discrimination in BH school), Open Society Fund (Education in BH: What do we teach our children?) and UNICEF (Divided school in B-H), were presented at the Conference, which rose significant media attention.

Research carried out by Save the Children Norway was presented by professor Adila Pasalic-Kreso who highlighted that discrimination in BH schools is a fact and that it is now time to prevent the emerging of new „discriminated generations which will leave traces in the society for a long time“.The educational system in Bosnia and Herzegovina, apart from being extremely fragmented and expensive, continues to nurture predominant practices that reinforce prejudice and intolerance and isolation of minority groups.

B-H needs a system of education free of all forms of discrimination, promoting tolerance and plurality wherein ALL children can develop their full potential. and fulfill equal rights – it is the conclusion of this conference. This is why UNICEF B-H, Save the Children Norway, Regional office for South East Europe and the Open Society Fund joined in April 2008 to unite in an effort to promote equal access to good quality education for ALL children in B-H




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