For accessible and methodologically modern teaching of the cultural history of Montenegrin minorities

Centre for Civic Education (CCE), in cooperation with the History Teachers Association of Montenegro (HIPMONT), has publicised a new publication of supporting curriculum for teaching-subject History – “Wealth of Diversity – Cultural History of Minorities of Montenegro“.

The publication consists of ten methodologically processed and piloted workshops that were selected within the call of the same title. The issues of the workshops include the cultural history of Bosniaks/Muslims, Albanians, Croats, Roma and Jews in Montenegro. Also, the workshops deal with social processes such as multiculturalism, migration, tolerance, human rights, tradition and cultural heritage.

The idea for creating such a publication arose from the cognition that history teachers have about 15% of educational programmes for themes they consider important and that a significant number of them use it to lecture on local and often minority history. Noticing the limited time and resources of professors, the CCE and the HIPMONT engaged in the pioneering work of making the first supporting curriculum for the teaching-subject History based on the most modern methodological approach, created outside the institutions.

Ten contemporary workshops are now available to history educators, which include complete instructions for the lesson and implementation of activities, as well as more than 100 sources.

The creation of this and similar supporting curriculum aims to make accessible to professors the issues they want to deal with, but also that a certain number of educators go through additional methodological training within the development and testing of curriculum. The material is not intended only for teachers in the environment with minority communities, but also for all historical educators in Montenegro to better acquaint the student population with the entire wealth of the diversity of our country.

The CCE considers that the methodological development and implementation model of this type of curriculum has the potential to be a matrix for future similar activities.

This publication does not cover all issues from our common past, which should be involved in the education of future Montenegrin citizens. The CCE expresses hope that the education authorities will recognize the importance of such activities and support future programmes to create the necessary supporting curriculum, and within that, the professional development of educational staff.

Miloš Vukanović, Advisor