Our NGO partner for the event is Remembering Srebrenica.
Remembering Srebrenica is a British charitable initiative. They recognize that the UK has achieved a lot in terms of building a cohesive society, but discrimination, promotion of hatred, extremism, and exclusion persist. We all must play our part, no matter how large or small, to create a better and safer society for all. Their vision is a society free from hatred.
Remembering Srebrenica’s educational focus on the siege of Sarajevo. Alongside the 1995 massacre, this presents a conflict setting not too distant from many cities and societies today. Sarajevo was a city that prided itself as a tolerant multi-religious and multicultural hub, nicknamed the Jerusalem of Europe. The country’s rapid descent into ethno-religious violence is a particularly relevant warning sign to many communities across the world today.
Post-conflict education in UK schools is primarily conceived as genocide education. The Holocaust has been a mandatory component of the National Curriculum since 1991. However teachers have increasingly expanded this focus to encompass other genocides, notably the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda and the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The latter genocide has become an increasingly popular choice by history teachers, as they opt to teach a genocide that occurred in Europe within living memory. As the victims of Srebrenica were Muslims it provides teachers with an opportunity to discuss Islamophobia; a form of discrimination given added impetus by changes in the political environment over the past decade.
Partnering with Remembering Srebrenica also relates to the specific legacy of the genocide on the education system in Bosnia-Herzegovina today. In many regions of the country, the school system is divided between ethnicities, with Bosniak, Croats and Serbs learning different curricula in segregated schools. In some communities schools are ethnically segregated by fences splitting the school into two. The conflict thereby lives on within the education system. This speaks directly to the theme and title of our conference, and provides our international participants and researchers the opportunity to engage with educational consideration after the genocide alongside UK based teachers and school students.