Masic: The Abuse of Bosniak Returnee Children must be stopped

Damir Mašić, head of the SDP BiH MPs’ Club in the House of Representatives of the BiH Parliament, visited Nova Kasaba today in the Milići municipality, not far from Konjević Polje, where instructional classes for children of Bosniak returnees have been held in the educational center since January 2014 for their Bosnian language and national group of subjects, which has been banned by the SNSD regime since 2013.

“After the last order of the Republika Srpska Pedagogical Institute to all primary and secondary school principals to mark the Day of Serbian Unity, Freedom and the National Flag on September 15, it is high time that the BiH Council of Ministers, the FBiH Government, and especially the High Representative in BiH Christian Schmidt react and finally stop further harassment and constant attempts to humiliate returnee children in this BH entity.

This is an ideal opportunity for Mr. Schmidt, Masic points out, to show and prove how “European standards” are applied in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well. How these same standards must and should apply in our country as well. After all, could these and similar things happen in Schmidt’s country, and our friendly Germany?

Yesterday, the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republika Srpska (RS) recommended that, as part of the marking of September 15th, the “Day of Serbian Unity”, from September 7th to 15th, special attention be paid to content that speaks on this topic at regular classes in RS.

On September 15th, the Day of Serbian Unity, Free and National Flag is celebrated in RS. In accordance with the celebration of this date, the Ministry of Education and Culture of the RSproposed that the whole week be dedicated to the study of this topic in the curriculum of schools in the mentioned entity.

“While respecting the importance of nurturing culture and tradition in the RS, and having in mind the role and importance of school in educating young people, we consider it important to mark such dates. We recommend that special attention be paid toteaching in the period from September 7th to 15th, 2021 when it comes to the contents related to the mentioned topics, and to revive the memories of historical figures and events that contributed to the freedom, independence, and unity of the Serbian people through a series of activities in schools, ” it was noted in the statement.

They added that it is necessary to dedicate one school lesson to this topic.

“For example, the second class in both shifts, each teacher. It is necessary to use a unique framework prepared by teachers of the national group of subjects, with the support of the principal and the professional service of the school. The unique framework implies a picture and material for the organization of the class, and it must include communication with students on this topic, ” it was added.

The conclusion of the statement noted that teachers are expected to submit information on implemented activities, which must be supplemented with videos, photographs, and written materials or artwork – all in order to “promote teacher activities and examples of good practice in schools.”

To recall, various pressure is already being put on Bosniak children in the RS, among other things by not allowing them to study the Bosnian language.

The question is whether international organizations, such as the OSCE and the OHR, will respond to these new human rights violations in the smaller entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), especially since it is the most vulnerable population, Klix.ba writes.


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