On 20th February 2013, EUROCLIO Executive Director Joke van der Leeuw-Roord was invited to give a speech on the role of education in ensuring the stability of the Mediterranean Region at the European Parliament in Brussels. Joke van der Leeuw-Roord talked in front of an audience of members of the EU Parliament and national Parliaments from the EU and the 10 countries from the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean.
The audience welcomed very much the engaging presentation of EUROCLIO's principles of responsible and innovative history education and showed great interest in the newly launched EUROCLIO programme Mediterranean dialogues. Joke van der Leeuw-Roord pleaded for a stronger consideration by politicians and policy makers on the role of education for peace and mutual understanding, and insisted on the need to translate research and wise advice into implementation of change. An essential challenge for history education in the region is the shift from teaching and learning methods mainly based on memorisation to innovative approaches fostering critical thinking, as identified during the EUROCLIO event and following publication History and Citizenship Education in North Africa and the Middle East.
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