About six hours before a protest in Zagreb in support of a curricular reform scheduled for 6 pm on Wednesday, about 15 Croats living in Shanghai rallied to voice their support and send an important message from the other side of the world.
The protest was prompted by the recent resignation of an expert team in charge of implementing an integral curricular reform, citing political pressure and lack of government support.
The Zagreb rally has been supported by more than 300 civil society organisations and trade unions, Daniela Zagar of the Croatia Can Do Better initiative told Hina, adding that the initiative raised HRK 25,000 which will be used to cover the costs of the protests and for scholarships.
Aside from Zagreb, the protest is also being held in Osijek, Slavonski Brod, Virovitica, Krizevci, Varazdin, Porec, Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Split, Korcula, Dubrovnik, New York, London, Paris, and Budapest.
Education Minister Predrag Sustar said today that he did not intend to resign and that he would not attend today's "party" because he had other commitments. He said the reform must be carried through. "The money has been secured and is waiting for us in EU funds. There's not much time, but with a little good will we can do it and start (with the reform) as of the next school year."
He said the protest was a good introduction to the continuation of the reform and that it was key to return the reform to the institutions. He called for the protest and support for the reform to be civilised.
Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic said yesterday that many known participants would voice their positions on the curricular reform at the protest, although many had no competencies for discussing such matters. "It's obvious to everyone that this is about manipulation with a political background."