Stakeholders’ Views on Sport Education and Peace in a Serbian Village School

By Katherine Mikic.

Published by The Sport Collection

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Since the conflicts and NATO bombings in the 1990s, regions of Serbia— and all over the former Yugoslavia— are struggling to overcome economic and social challenges within their education systems. UNICEF Belgrade along with the Serbian Ministry of Education believe that enhancing the sport and health component in education can decrease violence in schools. A case study was conducted in a Serbian village school. It examined the stakeholders’ views on the role sport education, recreation and play have in developing peace and social cohesion within the school and community. Children, educators and parents felt very positive about sport education and its role in promoting peace, which suggests that the school community, along with UNICEF and the Serbian Ministry of Education believe developing programs that connect sport education to peace in post conflict areas can be used to decrease violence.

Keywords: Sport for Development and Peace, Physical Education, Sport and Post-Conflict Societies, Peace Education and Violence in Schools

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.141-150. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 597.374KB).

Katherine Mikic

Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Katherine Mikic is a doctoral student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her research is informed by ten years of experience as a physical educator who has worked with NGOs, teachers and administrators in the past on intercultural understanding and peace programming in schools. Her past research focused on sport education in Serbia and UNICEF Belgrade’s School without Violence program, which helps to combat aggression in Serbian schools through the use of sport education. Her research interests focus on intercultural communication and violence prevention through the use of sport education in schools in post-conflict areas.