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Српске школе у Румунији у функцији очувања националног идентитета
Serbian Schools in Romania in the Function of Preservation of National Identity

Author(s): Zorica Stanisavljević Petrović, Slađana Anđelković
Subject(s): School education, History of Education, Sociology of Education, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Serbian schools; teaching; extracurricular activities; national identity; Romania;
Summary/Abstract: The issue of development and fostering of national identity is crucial to every nation, and particularly for the youngest members of the people who live in another state. In addition to other factors that act towards the preservation of religion, native language, tradition and culture, with the family, the school has a very important role as an institution in which it is in a planned, systematic and organized way influenced on the formation and development of a young person. The main objective of this paper, in the historical context, is to emphasize the role and importance of the Serbian schools in Romania in the process of preserving the national identity of the Serbian population. Realization of the role of school in this process is monitored through the description and analysis of learning content and extracurricular activities that are aimed at preserving the religion, nurturing mother tongue, culture and tradition in the three different types of schools: Serbian Orthodox elementary schools, the first Serbian lower secondary school and the Serbian section of high school in Timisoara. Although these schools operated in different time periods and were intended for different age groups of students, the results of the study have indicated their outstanding contribution to the preservation of tradition, culture and religion of the Serbian population in Romania. From the standpoint of preserving the national identity of students in modern Serbian schools in Romania, the experiences of these schools are important pedagogical legacy that in perspective should be developed and nurtured.

  • Page Range: 791-806
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: Serbian