Montenegrin educational policy and sexual orientation: representation of LGBT topics in school curricula and textbooks

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Author: Aleksandar Saša Zeković

Publishing year: 2013.

Education represents a key sector for the development and advancement of any society. In Montenegrin political and economic discus education dominates as a key resource of the overall development. In this context, in the last decade, substantial efforts have been made, as well as significant resources allocated, in order to improve and modernize national education system. Permanent intention of the education system is to uphold further development of Montenegro as civic, democratic and social justice state, based on the rule of law and to provide key contribution to economic and social development of the country, especially through fostering and further advancement of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The textbooks still represent the main teaching tool, through which students gain adequate knowledge and skills. Importance and power of the textbooks is great indeed, because it legitimately provides for transfer of socially desirable knowledge, values and behavior patterns to young generations. For that reason it is important that equality, tolerance and social acceptance of LGBT persons are to be found in them. Teaching communication is realized through textbooks. It is gradually complemented by other means and achievements of information technology. We can conclude that in the last decade Montenegrin textbooks have undergone significant qualitative development in terms of the content, structure, graphic and visual equipment and total visual identity.

This document has been produced with the financial assistance of federal government of Belgium, within the framework of the LGBT Project of the Council of Europe. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the Belgian federal government or the Council of Europe.