Thursday, 30 October 2008

What role do history classes play in Bosnia's reconciliation?

More than a decade after the end of the war in Bosnia the divisions are still running deep between Serbs, Croats and Bosnian Muslims. Whether it’s drafting a common constitution, working together in the police or effectively cooperating in state institutions – the list of contentious issues seems endless. Education is another example. Bosnia Herzegovina does not have one common ministry of education, but rather 12 education ministers. And has just as many school curriculums and text books. So what can be done to bridge these divisions in Bosnia’s schools and what role do history books and history teachers play in reconciliation? I visited two schools on both sides of the ethnic divide.

This feature was broadcast on Inside Europe. The German version was part of an online special for the UN year of reconciliation 2009.



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