SARAJEVO, 3 July, 2003: Students in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will return to revised national subject textbooks in classrooms in September, thanks to the efforts of the re-established Textbook Review Commission this spring. The Commission, which has focused its work on the removal of inappropriate material from the national subject textbooks, concludes its work this week. Although the OSCE has provided support and assistance in the Commission's work, the initiative to re-establish it came from the Entity Ministries of Education. Commission Members represent education authorities in both BiH entities, ministries and pedagogical institutes and schools. The Commission was re-established in order to support further implementation of the Education Reform Strategy and the Interim agreement on the accommodation of specific needs and rights of returnee children. "The Commission experts have approached their work in a very professional manner and have managed to complete a great amount of work," said Dr. Falk Pingel, OSCE Education Department director. "In certain cases, maps have been revised to accurately present Bosnia and Herzegovina and its entities. "Additionally, some illustrations from textbooks were replaced with other illustrations that are not inappropriately labelling certain groups. The goal of these changes is to create a more positive learning environment for all students of Bosnia and Herzegovina." In addition to removing inappropriate material, experts provided advice on how to ensure a more balanced coverage of all constituent peoples and to highlight the fact that BiH is the home country of the students. Works remains to be done. The Commission found several textbooks published outside the country in use in BiH schools. This occurrence is in direct violation with several education agreements that the BiH Ministries of Education have committed themselves to implement. A letter has been sent out to the Ministers asking them to provide appropriate textbook material to be published within BiH as soon as possible. And, in the coming phases of education reform, there is still a place for improvement of textbooks. In particular, agreement are still to be reached in several cases related to interpretation of contested historical events, particularly in recent history. For further information, please contact: Urdur Gunnarsdottir Spokesperson Press and Public Information OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina Obala Kulina Bana 20 71000, Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina Tel.:+387-66 144 311 (mobile) +387-33 752 222 Fax: +387-33 442 479 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education/markup/maillist.php If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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