Some of the lecturers were members of the regular teaching team. They gave lectures referring to the basic subjects (fields) of the planned school programme in Novi Sad and Banja Luka. Others were guest lecturers that we met and engaged during our fieldwork, whose expertise fit into the broader objective of our project.


Within the school programme our lecturers were recruited locally (from Novi Sad and Banja Luka), from other cities in the region (from Belgrade and Sarajevo), and finally internationally (from Sweden and Italy). Thus the lecturers from Bosnia-Herzegovina gave lectures in Serbia and vice versa. The lecturers who came from Sweden and Italy were born in Serbia or Bosnia-Herzegovina, and since they know the language, and the situation in the field, they understood the basic purpose and idea of the project very well.


That multi-ethnic and multi-confessional region of the Balkans – that complex and sophisticated range of complicated divisions and groupings, both locally, nationally, confessionally, culturally, and socially – cannot be explained in a simple manner. Instead, we shall conclude that the summer school “Cerain” had a truly multi-ethnic character.

Among our Roma students there were both Orthodox Christian and Muslim children. Our teachers and student trainees were also from various ethnic backgrounds: there were Serbs, Croats, Bosniaks, Roma, Jews, Macedonians and Hungarians. Given ethnic tensions in the region, multi-ethnic character of the project was of extreme importance to make all participants of the project feel comfortable, accepted and free.


Karlo Janovic – Novi Sad,

Bass guitar player, teacher and blues expert;

Toni Pesikan – Sarajevo,

Percussionist and pedagogue for children with special needs;

Aleksandar Stanisic - Novi Sad,

Professor of Latin, ancient Greek and English, and pianist;

Jovica Nikolic – Novi Sad,

Roma musician violinist;

Nevena Bajalica – Stockholm,

Human rights and projects of international cultural cooperation;

Misko Stanisic – Stockholm,

The Internet and multimedia expert, pedagogue and musician;

Predrag Novovic - Stockholm,

Professor of music and violinist in the Swedish Royal Opera Orchestra;

Dejan Cukic – Belgrade,

Journalist, pop musician and vocalist
(ex: Bajaga i Instruktori one of the most popular pop bands of all the times in the former Yugoslavia);

Vladimir Kajevic - Sarajevo,

Professor of English language, guitar player and blues musician
(Don Guido & The Missionaries);

Mustafa Cengic – Bologna/Italy,

Music producer, guitar player and pedagogue
(ex: Zabranjeno Pusenje – one of the most popular punk/new wave bands in the former Yugoslavia);

Radoslav Zivkovic – Stockholm,

Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs Diplomatic Training Programme;


Dusanka Miholic – Banja Luka,

Curator Chief of the National Museum – A workshop on drawing museum exhibits;

Aleksandar Jovanovic – Novi Sad,

Office for Inclusion of Roma students – Presentation of the rewarded video spot on discrimination against Roma people and a lecture on motivation of Roma children for schooling;

Tijana Palkovljevic – Novi Sad,

Curator in the Gallery of Matica Srpska – A workshop on colors and sounds on the works of the famous Serbian painters arranged by the Gallery of Matica Srpska;

Velimir Blanic – Banja Luka,

Actor in the Children’s Theatre – A workshop in theatre;

Stevo Havreljuk – Banja Luka,

Chairman of the Board of the National Minorities Associations – Lecture on National Minorities rights;

Kosta Stefanovic – Novi Sad,

Police Colonel – Lecture on police work and fight against discrimination;

Dr Petar Teofilovic – Novi Sad,

Provincial Ombudsman – Lecture on protection of rights of citizens with a special overview of the rights of Roma people;

Svetlana Lazic – Novi Sad,

Provincial Ombudsman Officer – Lecture on the children’s rights;

Ankica Dragin – Novi Sad,

Provincial Ombudsman Officer – A workshop on what and how does the Ombudsman Office work;

Bojan Arula – Banja Luka,

Social worker, expert in protection of children’s rights and fight against trafficking – Lecture on children’s rights and problems of Roma children;


Guest lectures given by representatives of government and various social organizations at our school were equally important for building self-confidence and forming a picture of one’s own value. The fact that a police lieutenant, the provincial ombudsman, and the social worker in charge of the central state project of fight against trafficking and trade of children came only because of them and exclusively for them, left a great impression on the children.


We were especially pleased by the fact that several famous musicians accepted our invitation to give lectures at our school, which significantly increased the interest of the media, consequently raising the rating of our programme in the eyes of other collaborators. But the most important thing is that the children had a unique opportunity to meet some famous musicians, listen to their lectures and mix with them. The musicians showed a great enthusiasm and got along with the children extremely well on their part.


Apart from celebrities, some other role models took part in our programme. One of our guest lecturers was a young Roma student who was near to graduate in pedagogy, being an activist of the Office for Inclusion of Roma Students in Secondary Schools at the same time. Legendary leader of the most famous Roma tamburica orchestra, Jovica Nikolic, gave a lecture on the history of Tamburica music as well as on the history of Roma people in the Balkans. Among the student trainees there were also two of Roma ethnic background. It was important to make the children feel that Roma people were not only in school benches, but equally represented among the lecturers.

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