On the eve of the New Year, Kadina Mazić, a Tuzla citizen who now lives in the United States, came to Vrbanjce and brought much joy into the homes of local Bosniak families, whose 70 children have been attending instructive lessons for years because they were not allowed to learn the Bosnian language and national subjects.
One of the parents, Nedzad Smajlovic, said that Mazić, who represents an organization that brings together the Bosnian diaspora in the United States, promised that six of the poorest will be provided for, and that a few of them will receive scholarships.
The children are now on vacation, so there are no worries about their arrival to the improvised classrooms in the snow. Thanks to the funds paid by the Federal Minister Edin Ramic, and the support provided by the mayors of Sarajevo Novi Grad, Semir Efendic, and Tesanj, Suad Huskić, teachers were given their salaries.
"Our children are not cold anymore because heating is provided, and the owner of HIF Izudin Ahmetlić promised this for the future as well," said Nedzad. Optimism was felt with parent representative of the children from Konjevic-Polje, Muhizin Omerovic, who was encouraged because the Council of Ministers discussed the introduction of the Bosnian language.
"Of course, everything goes slow. We are waiting for the outcome of our lawsuit in the District Court of Banja Luka against the Republika Srpska Ministry of Education, and we are aware that they are still many battles ahead of us, but we do not give up on demands that our children learn Bosnian," said Omerovic, who does not have confirmation that teachers received their salaries.
Translated by: Tea IVANOVIĆ
(Original version: I u 2017. godini bez bosanskog jezika)