Bosnia – Teaching History

See how history teaching varies within a post-conflict country Teaching history in post-conflict areas is an incredibly volatile subject. In Bosnia children are growing up learning a very one-sided account of their history. In towns of multiple ethnic groups, schools are divided and in the same building Croat children are taught in separate classrooms from Muslim children. History is taught from different national curricula that offer different views of national history. This is a situation that keeps the peace in the present but only drives a wedge deeper between ethnic groups by reinforcing differences. The next generation will be the first to grow up learning apart.

The programme shows the important role history lessons play in shaping national identity and, from a wider angle, asks how much of our own country’s history have we simply accepted.

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