Italian ambassador Manzo visits bilingual classes in Belgrade

The Italian Ambassador to Serbia, Giuseppe Manzo visited the Third Belgrade Gymnasium where he met with the students and teachers of bilingual (Serbian-Italian) classes to congratulate them on the upcoming holidays.

The meeting was also attended by the school’s principal, Milenko Macura, a representative of the Serbian Ministry of Education, Tanja Jovanovic and the director of the Italian Culture Institute, Davide Scalmani.

The Ambassador also handed out prizes for the best student essays in Italian language. He spoke about the growing interest in Italian language and culture in Serbia, and added that close to 35,000 students in Serbia attend Italian language classes in state and private schools, in addition to 840 students who are studying italian at the University of Belgrade and University of Kragujevac. During the Ambassador’s visit, the students staged an excerpt from Dario Fo’s play ‘Deferred Apocalypse’ which talks about depleted natural energy resources. They also sang several traditional and contemprary songs in Italian.

The bilingual Serbian-Italian classes were introduced in the Third Gymnasium back in 2004, and they are an excellent example of the Italian classes in Serbia. The classes were institutionalized following the Italian Foreign Minister, Angelino Alfano and Serbian officials signing of a Memorandum of Understanding during the Minister’s visit to Belgrade last March.

The four classes have 80 students in total, with 40% of the classes held in the Italian language, namely history, physics, art, philosophy & logic, sociology, Latin and Italian language and literature. The latter is taught by an Italian professor, appointed by the Italian Foreign Ministry. The school also shares many joint activities with its counterparts in Italy and has a student exchange programme.

(Italian Embassy’s press release, 13.12.2017)



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