On Friday the 15th of November, the consortium members of the Anna Lindh Foundation Dutch Network all came together in Amsterdam to discuss the Network Activity that is going to take place in the spring of 2014. The meeting was organized by EUROCLIO, as Head of Network, and was chaired by Steven Stegers, Judith Geerling and Sila Koster.
The History Curriculum in Lebanon has not been changed since 1970. Different parties have been unable to agree on how to tackle the Lebanese Civil War. The recently established Lebanese Association for History (LAH) took the initiative to start addressing the civil war by organising a seminar in Beirut from 18-19 June on “Teaching and Learning about Civil Wars”. The seminar coincided with a study visit of Finnish history educators to Lebanon, who planned the workshop together and shared their experience on how the civil war in Finland was taught. Other workshops where given by Maria Georgiou (AHDR) and Steven Stegers (EUROCLIO). Approximately 70 historians and history educators (representing the different religious communities of Lebanon) participated in the seminar.
The seminar was organised in partnership with the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR), the Centre for Lebanese Studies, EUROCLIO, the Finnish Association of History Educators, the Finnish Institute in the Middle East, and the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut, and was supported by the Open Society Foundation (Education Support Programme).
A wide gap exists between the stated goals of Arab national education programs and their actual implementation. This has been shown by studies commissioned by the Carnegie Middle East Centre.
Researchers saw that Arab educators are willing to devote time and attention to introduce concepts like democracy and human rights in textbooks and curricula. However, political reality is that there is often no education system that promotes free thinking, democratic development and creative citizenship.
On 18-19 June a very special two-day workshop will take place in Beirut, Lebanon. EUROCLIO is very pleased to announce that a contribution of the Open Society Foundations Education Support Programme has co-supported the workshop organised by the Association for History Teachers in Lebanon (LAH), in close partnership with the Association of Historical Dialogue and Research (Cyprus). EUROCLIO Senior Manager Steven Stegers will participate in the workshop, which has a focus on How to Teach Sensitive and Controversial Issues, using the example of the Civil War. The network of history educators in Lebanon is growing, and this workshop will for certain take a special place as the network matures and a further strong association can develop as one of the key-partners in EUROCLIO's Mediterranean Dialogues Programme.
The highlight of the conference will be a ‘Meeting of the Minds’, where eminent thinkers in the cultural, political, social and strategic field from North-Africa and the Middle-East will have the opportunity to meet and share their ideas on the challenges of intercultural dialogue with Anna Lindh Foundation Dutch Network Members. The morning will be interactive and there will be opportunities for the audience to engage in the debate. A networking lunch will be followed by interactive workshops delivered by members of the Dutch network on themes relevant to the topic of the day. The day will finish with a drinks reception featuring musical entertainment.
•The event will take place in the Dr. Anton Philipszaal, Spuiplein 150, 2511 DG, The Hague
•Places are limited, make sure you don't miss this exciting event, Register now online!
•Fee is €20,- with €10,- discount for students
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