Foundation in Vukovar, Eastern Croatia to speak about education

February 28, 2015 | Nick Taylor

This weekend, the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace is attending a conference in the city of Vukovar in Eastern Croatia.  Vukovar is Croatia’s biggest river port, located at the confluence of the Vuka River and the Danube. The city was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence and was eventually overrun. It is estimated that 2,000 defenders of Vukovar and civilians were killed, 800 went missing and 22,000 civilians were forced into exile.

The damage to Vukovar during the siege has been called the worst in Europe since World War II.  As a result of the conflict, a deep ethnic divide exists between the Croat and Serb populations.

The conference is looking at integrated and intercultural education in Europe and is organised by the Nansen Dialogue Centre Osijek, Open Academy Step by Step from Zagreb and in cooperation with the Faculty for Teacher Education of the J. J. Strossmayer University in Osijek.

The project is funded by the European Union and the Government of the Republic of Croatia – Office for Cooperation with NGOs.

The main goal of the conference is to initiate a dialogue on intercultural education today and on the challenges and positive practices in its implementation. The conference is intended for primary and secondary school teachers, principles, and other expert associates, representatives of civil society organizations and governmental institutions involved in education of children and youth.

The conference will host guests from United Kingdom, Macedonia, Germany, Norway, Turkey, Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia who will speak on these topics.  Kelly Simcock, Director of Commissions at the Foundation for Peace will be speaking at the conference about the Foundation’s approach to education and our ground-breaking programmes.