Croatian and Serbian Ministers Discuss Minority Education

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ZAGREB, February 27, 2018 – Croatian Science and Education Minister Blaženka Divjak and her Serbian counterpart Mladen Šarčević held talks in Zagreb on Tuesday focusing on the opening of a Croatian language instruction office in Novi Sad and the status of Croat students in Serbia and Serb students in Croatia in the context of reciprocity.

Divjak told reporters that a Croatian language instruction office would be opened in Novi Sad as of the next academic year, saying this was very important because of the classes held in Croatian in schools in Serbia, notably in the Vojvodina province. She said her ministry would secure the funds for the office.

Divjak said it was necessary to ensure high school textbooks for the Croat minority in Serbia. She noted that there were 28 high school programmes in the Serbian language in Croatia.

Šarčević said they also talked about digital high school textbooks for the Croat ethnic minority in Serbia, and that they concluded there were many areas for cooperation between their departments. He said two more Croatian language instruction offices would be opened in Serbia eventually, another one in Novi Sad and one in Sombor also in Vojvodina.


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