I CARE – – News – Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe — 6/6/2017- Children in Republika Srpska’s schools will never be taught about the Srebrenica genocide and the siege of Sarajevo, President Milorad Dodik told a press conference in Banja Luka on Tuesday amid controversy over a proposed ban on textbooks that include the subjects. “Here it is impossible to use schoolbooks from the Federation [Bosnia’s other, Bosniak and Croat-dominated entity] in which it is written that the Serbs committed genocide and held Sarajevo under siege. It’s not true and it will not be studied here,” Dodik said. Dodik was supporting an announcement by the RS entity’s minister of education and culture Dane Malesevic, who said that textbooks from the Federation will be banned in RS if passages about the wartime siege of Sarajevo or the 1995 mass killings of Bosniaks from Srebrenica by Serb forces are included. Malesevic justified his decision by citing a 2002 agreement signed by all ministries of education in Bosnia, which said that there will be no war topics in schoolbooks.
However, in the Federation, the history textbook for 9th grade pupils, approved for use in all primary schools in the entity, includes material about the Sarajevo siege and the Srebrenica genocide. “Bosniak children, who study a national [ethnic] group of subjects in RS, will not use such textbooks,” Malesevic said on Monday at a press conference. “The RS Ministry of Education and Culture is only respecting the agreement and the recommendations of the OSCE about embarking on the study of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina so that children will not be burdened with the topic. This is in their best interests and in the interest of healthy coexistence in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” he added.