Segregated Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Title: Segregated Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Author: Methadzovic, Almir
Abstract: Education in post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina suffers from the serious consequences of ongoing ethno-national conflict. My focus is segregated education in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina generally, particularly the "two schools under one roof" phenomenon. This social abnormality is present almost exclusively in the "Bosniak - Croat" administrative entity. Segregated education, by being an object of political struggle, seriously blocks the society from the necessary path of ethnic reconciliation. In describing and analyzing segregated education, I address the post-Dayton political administrative structure, political tensions, and ethno-national conflict including controversies over language and religion. I describe my involvement with two ethnically divided universities in the city of Mostar as well as two examples - one successful and one unsuccessful - of school integration in Herzegovina-Neretva Canton.
Date: 2012

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