BRIGHT FUTURE FOR EDUCATION OF NATIONAL MINORITIES IN SERBIA

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A corporate conference was held earlier today in the premises of the Aero klub in Belgrade with the theme Education in Serbia – European Models, organized by the European Movement in Serbia. The Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, made an introductory speech and among the panellists were the Ambassador of Germany, Director of Swiss Office for cooperation in Serbia and the leader of the German Organization for International Cooperation.

The Prime minister presented the report on previous work of her office in regard to the education reform in Serbia stating it is one of the main priorities. She emphasised the importance of the process of digitalization, mentioning a suggestion made a few years ago, by Dr. Christos Alexopoulos, former President of the Council of the Greek National Minority and a member of the Board of Directors of the European Movement Network.

Dr Alexopoulos pointed out the necessity to digitize school textbooks for national minorities in their mother tongues in order to solve the problem of the lack of textbooks. The idea arose after the many complaints from the members of the Minority Council in Serbia. As a solution, it was proposed that every student of a national minority should receive a tablet PC containing all the necessary textbooks in adequate minority languages.

In her dialog with Dr. Christos Alexopoulos, the Prime Minister confirmed that steps were taken on the digitization of textbooks for national minorities living in Serbia and that, in the process of reforming education, they think about the needs of national minorities in Serbia. It is important to mention this is the first cabinet to take the issues of the education of minorities in consideration.

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