The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) presented a report titled ‘Two schools under one roof’: The Most Visible Example of Discrimination in Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 3 December 2018 in Sarajevo.
This report addresses the practice of ‘two schools under one roof’ as the most visible manifestation of discrimination in the education system of the country and includes recommendations to advance the vision of a peaceful, stable and multi-ethnic BiH.
The practice of ‘two schools under one roof’ brought children of different ethnicities, who had previously studied separately, into a single building.
“This report outlines several practical steps that can be taken toward ending discrimination and segregation in education,” said Head of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina Bruce G. Berton. “Steps involve political dialogue, increased interaction between children, comprehensive implementation of the Common Core Curriculum based on Student Learning Outcomes, respect for court decisions and legal and administrative unification of schools, which we see as a positive start toward ending ‘two schools under one roof’.
Today, ‘two schools under one roof’ persists in 56 schools in BiH. These include primary schools and secondary schools, both branch schools and central schools. They vary in specific characteristics, size and location.