“Croatia is firmly devoted to participation in these processes, in particular in the fields of education and gender equality. Education is a sector which builds firm grounds to respond to the challenges of a Post-2015 Development Framework. Therefore, Croatia salutes the launching of the Secretary-General’s “Education First” initiative, and is pleased that the Croatian President has been invited to the Group of Member States Champions.” - Prime Minister Zoran Milanović

Education facilitates wide-ranging policy dialogue on inclusive education, drawing on its experience of educating ethnic minorities, especially Roma children. Croatia previously held the Presidency of the Decade for Roma Inclusion - an initiative of 12 European Countries.

Over the past decade, it has also sought to formalize and raise the status of Holocaust Education. Following the introduction of the National Programme of Human Rights Education in 1999, a cross-curricular model has been promoted with aspects of the Holocaust taught at various levels of the education system and across subjects, matched with efforts to enhance teacher competencies through regional and national seminars.

Croatia is a member of important cooperation mechanisms at regional and global levels which present a significant opportunity for making the case for education in intergovernmental discussions. These include the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Council of Europe, South Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (SEE/CIS), and the Union for the Mediterranean. Croatia also recently became a member of the European Union (EU). 

With its first-hand experience in conflict prevention and post-conflict recovery, Croatia has contributed to the establishment of and previously chaired the UN Peacebuilding Commission.  This presents a unique opportunity for promoting the 3rd GEFI priority, fostering global citizenship, as part of an integrated approach to peace-building.

Listen to the remarks made by H.E. Mr. Ivo Josipovic, Former President, at the Global Education First Initiative's high-level event 'Quality Education for the World We Want'



Ministry of Science, Education and Sports:

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