Ethnic distance and ethnic tolerance in schools in the Republic Macedonia

Petrovski, Vlado and Petrova Gjorgjeva, Emilija and Kitanov, Blaze (2005) Ethnic distance and ethnic tolerance in schools in the Republic Macedonia. Културна идентичност и европйска интеграция. pp. 140-144.

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Nowadays when the whole world is merely a "global village" we can state that many countries in the world are heterogeneous in the ethnic and cultural sense, and they cope with the problem of people of different nationalities living together. The problems resulting from the multiethnic and multicultural character of the population living in various countries in the world are differently identified and different policies for their overcoming are applied. A universally applicable and throughly satisfactory solution to the problems resulting from this context has not been found yet anywhere in the world. This issue of living together is a very complex one and it should be faced by every society that is multiethnic and multicultural. One of the possible ways of dealing with this problem is to put the man as an individual into the focus of attention through highlighting his basic rights and freedom, equality and social inclusion as the principles for the preliminary frame of any discussion or decision, a freme that will not depend on people's cultural, racial and religious background. Another way is to face those rights as a member of a respective collectivity, in this context an ethnic one. If we look back on the history of the Balkans, the minority problem on the Balkans is too specific, and it creates concrete minority problems, i.e. it creates more history than it can bear. The Republic of Macedonia is a part of the Balkans and this interethnic ambient, which means that these interethnic tensions have not passed it by. For the Republic of Macedonia essential was the fact that through history there were no interethnic conflicts, which faciliated the co-existence of the Macedonian and other ethnic communities. This represented an important factor in the reduction of interethnic tensions from time to time, but the last events in the course of 2001 between the Macedonian majority community and the most numerous Albanian minority community greatly made the complex interethnic relations even more complex, and these are very fragile in Macedonia today. In order to understand the level of mutual distance, i.e. tolerance of ethnic communities in Macedonia (ethnic distance), in our research, that was conducted with the aim to find out the influence of the ethnic factor as a factor of motivation for education in the Republic of Macedonia, we have included a block of questions whose aim was to establish the factual situation in this context.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Educational sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Science
Depositing User: Emilija Petrova Gorgeva
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2013 08:10
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2013 08:10

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