Ioannis Miskas, Simeon Kotsou: Educational Policy concerning (related to) Ethnic Minorities in Yugoslavia from (1944-1990). The case of Vojvodina

The aim of this paper is to present the Policy followed and implemented in…. in relation to the education of Ethnic minorities. Documents of…. (Historic Archives, Reports of Inspectors, Articles of modern researchers…)
The findings revealed that Former Yugoslavia followed a positive attitude towards the development of   mother tongue of ethnic minorities during that period (1944-1990). It is worth mentioning that since the end of 2ndWW the State had developed curricula and educational programmes related to minority languages. These decisions were taken, because the development was considered as a basic human right that promoted social equity and for this purpose   education in the language of origin   was   every minority’s right.  For the materialisation of those policies, some actions were carried out; for example
a)  The provision of primary school teachers’ training courses   in Hungarian language, b) the foundation of   full time   professional schools for teachers, c) introduction of supplementary courses in schools, where   minority languages were used as a teaching medium (Yugoslavia’s Education Board in April 1961). Concluding, we pose the following question: Did the educational policy, which had been implemented during the specific period, result into the assimilation and acculturation of the minorities? It has been indicated that there was not a certain assimilation-oriented policy from the part of the State towards minorities.