Respect of the Law – Condition for Cooperation

Representatives of seven non-governmental organisations – Association of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro (AYDM), Centre for Development of NGOs (CRNVO), Network for the affirmation of non-governmental sector (MANS), Centre for Civic Education (CCE), Center for monitoring and research (CEMI), Institute Alternative (IA), OUR INITIATIVE – today left the meeting with the president of Parliament of Montenegro, Darko Pajović, previously set up on his request. Aim of the meeting was to establish formal cooperation of this institution with civil society and to improve the communication in this respect.

Reason behind the demonstrative walkout from the session was the refusal of President of Parliament to clearly define his stand in relation to the fact that Administrative Committee proposed the candidate for a member of Council of Agency for Electronic Media contrary to legally prescribed criteria based on which the members of this Committee, hence other MPs as well, directly violated the Law on Electronic Media. »

On human rights with young people

Miloš Knežević, Coordinator of Youth group of Centre for Civic Education (YG CCE), today held a workshop on human rights with emphasis on rights of LGBT persons in the premises of American corner in CIC “Budo Tomović” with the representatives of FLEX Alumni Montenegro, participants of high school exchange programme.

Workshop, organized based on the principle of discussion club, was dedicated to the familiarization of the fellows with human rights concept, history and human rights generations, with an overview on issues of discrimination of marginalized groups, multiculturalism and tolerance in Montenegro, and especially still particularly challenging position of persons of different sexual orientation within Montenegrin society.

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What is behind the change of model of studies at UoM?

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) expresses concern due to the current manner of implementation of reforms at the University of Montenegro (UoM), which obviously weakens the already undeveloped academic dialogue which should be based on arguments and respect of diversity.

Law on Higher Education and the accompanying regulations recognise equally two models of study 3+1+1+3, as well as the 4+1+3. It excluded only those UoM faculty units that form specific professions (medicine, pharmacy, architecture), and which, since their establishment, have been organised in line with relevant European regulation, and where the acceptable models of studies are 5+0+3 and 6+0+3. »

Montenegrin textbooks: What do they conceal and reveal about the contemporary history of Montenegro?

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) today presented the study Montenegrin textbooks: what do they conceal and reveal on the contemporary history of Montenegro?, whereby CCE research team analysed history textbooks for primary and secondary education, as well as for several faculties of University of Montenegro, in the part related to presentation of the Montenegrin contemporary history in them, with the accent on war events in region. Additionally, the study includes the results of research on the extent of students’ knowledge on recent past of Montenegro and region. Finally, it provides the assessment on the current manner of teaching the history in Montenegro, along with the recommendations for the improvement and modernisation of teaching of history in order to contribute to more objective overview of historic facts, but also to reconciliation process.

Isidora Radonjić, CCE programme assistant, who worked on the analysis of history textbooks and course programmes, presented that part with a detailed review on primary, secondary and higher education. She emphasised that, based on the operative objectives for history, a significant portion of recent history of region and Montenegro is not envisaged for teaching process, especially the part related to war events, and that the entire period from the disintegration of Yugoslavia onwards is presented on five pages, including the accompanying photographs. “Students receive scant information on the developments in Montenegro, and only in the part of creation of new states… War on the territory of former Yugoslavia is also very briefly elaborated, with the note that it started with the intervention of Yugoslav People’s Army (YPA) in Slovenia, and that the war events later aggravated in Croatia… Students are informed on the role of Montenegro in war events through one single sentence: “Reservists from Montenegro participated in the attack of YPA on Dubrovnik region””, clarified Radonjić. “Also, part related to developments on Kosovo and later NATO bombing, apart from the note that, “Serbia suffered human losses and mass destruction of military, transport and economy objects”, has no mention of Albanian and Montenegrin victims, background concerning the bombing, or the manner in which the bombarding was terminated”, she stated.

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