On Certain Aspects of Functioning of Serbian Emigrant Schools in the United States of America 1919–1941 Cover Image
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О неким аспектима у функционисању српских исељеничких школа у Сједињеним Америчким Државама 1919–1941.
On Certain Aspects of Functioning of Serbian Emigrant Schools in the United States of America 1919–1941

Author(s): Vesna Đikanović
Subject(s): Social history, History of Education, State/Government and Education, Interwar Period (1920 - 1939), Migration Studies, Sociology of Education
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Kingdom of Yugoslavia; diaspora; emigration; USA; Serbian schools;
Summary/Abstract: The problem of functioning of Serbian emigrants’ schools in the United States of America between the two world wars constituted not only an educational and schooling matter, but also as a matter of preservation of national consciousness, and – indirectly – also as the problem of ethnic survival of the Serbian emigration in America. However, even though both the Yugoslav government and the emigrants realized their importance, little was done in order to secure the necessary conditions for normal functioning of these educational institutions. Practically from the very beginning, the Serbian schools were plagued by lack of all school equipment, schoolbooks, adequate rooms for instruction, as well as by lack of trained teaching personnel. Irregular instruction, temporary character of their work and inequality of the teaching process were concomitant elements in the work of these schools. The main props of the educational process, the Church above all, but Serbian supportive associations too, tried to improve to certain extent the state in which education was. In these attempts they sought the support of the Yugoslav authorities too. However, the beginning of the Second World War would put an end to these attempts, with wartime events in the fatherland and the world gaining the uppermost priority in the activities and thoughts of the Serbian emigrants.

  • Page Range: 351-363
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2007
  • Language: Serbian