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TEXTBOOKS IN ALBANIAN: AN IMPORTANT ISSUE RESOLVED IN PRESEVO, BUJANOVAC AND MEDVEDJA AFTER 20 YEARS

7. October 2020.

Belgrade - Elementary school students in Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja, who attend classes in the Albanian language, started the school year with all textbooks after 20 years.

“A great step forward has been made in realizing the interests of the Albanian national minority and their long-term aspiration to solve the issue of textbooks", says Zoran Stankovic, the President of the Coordination Body for the Municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja.

“It is true that we waited for that because of misunderstandings related to the procedures too, but that is behind us now. The Coordination Body kept abreast with all the events and last year we initiated a two-day meeting with the competent state bodies and the National Council of Albanians with the aim of reaching an agreement that led to resolving the issue for the benefit of all parties," Mr. Stankovic said.

The President of the Coordination Body points out that members of the Albanian community attend all classes in their own language and are one of the eight national communities that exercise that right. Mr. Stankovic underscores that the textbooks were provided and harmonized with the laws of Serbia, with the full participation of the relevant Ministry, the Coordination Body and the National Council of Albanians, and that the Ministries of Education of Serbia and Albania, whose ministers had met in Bujanovac, made a great contribution.

“Our Ministry of Education set up a Commission for the expert assessment of the quality of textbook manuscripts, which were, following the analysis, imported from Albania”, Mr. Stankovic explains.  

In the Catalog of textbooks for this school year, 59 textbooks for teaching in the Albanian language were approved.

The Coordination Body’s Office provided funds to the National Council of the Albanian National Minority for paying fees for 15 textbooks to the “Albas” publishing house in the amount of 1,080,000.00 dinars, while the National Council took care of the other books.

Source: Evening News and Coordination Body