The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University is pleased to announce the release of Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean: A World History Curriculum Project for Educators. Produced in collaboration with the British Council and the Social Science Research Council, 'Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean' is an innovative online teaching tool which provides educators with a set of interdisciplinary lesson materials featuring the geography and history of the Mediterranean in the context of world history from ancient times to the present.
EUROCLIO and the Lebanese Association for History will organise a Regional Training Seminar for about 30 history, heritage and citizenship educators from Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia on 3-7 May 2014 in Beirut, Lebanon. This initiative has received support from the Open Society Education Support Programme under the title Mediterranean Dialogues - towards a regional approach to high-quality history education.
The Seminar will focus mainly on the capacity-building of participants to implement an approach to history teaching and learning based on multi-perspectivity and historical thinking concepts. It will be a unique opportunity for cross-border professional development and cooperation in the field of history education in the Middle East and North Africa region. The core group of participants to this first Regional Training Seminar will be empowered to further collaborate within and across national borders to enhance the quality of history, heritage and citizenship education in the region, reaching out to other colleagues. It is indeed hoped that this event will pave the way for a long-term project bringing together a wider group of history education professionals from all shores of the Mediterranean, provided adequate support is found.
With this activity, EUROCLIO is glad to be able to further implement its Mediterranean Dialogues Programme, drawing on the momentum and recommendations made during the EUROCLIO Conference in Antalya in 2012 (see Special Report) in cooperation with the new and vibrant Lebanese Association for History as well as EUROCLIO Cypriot Member AHDR.
On December 2-3 EUROCLIO Senior Manager Blandine Smilansky took part in the Launch Conference of a cross-border publication on the history of the Mediterranean, and interacted with a wide range of stakeholders from the academic and educational worlds of the region on the possibilities and challenges to teach and learn history beyond the national borders and perspectives.
Coinciding with the Lithuanian EU Presidency, the 42 Heads of network of the Anna Lindh Foundation gathered in Vilnius from 21 to 24 November 2013 for their Annual Meeting to be informed by the Secretariat and discuss new developments and changes, and share experiences and best practices. Some of the main points that were discussed are the functioning of the EuroMed Award, finances, the new handbook on Education, how to deal with the current situation in Syria, the celebration of 10 year Anna Lindh Foundation next year, the DAWRAK-exchange programme, and the re-structuring of members into thematic clusters.
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.
- Teaching and Learning about Lebanese Civil Wars: Lebanese HTA starts addressing controversial history
- New analysis from the Carnegie Middle East Center: A Review of Citizenship Education in Arab Nations
- Open Society Foundations support Workshop on Civil War, 18-19 June, Beirut, Lebanon
- Recipeace for Dialogue, Anna Lindh Action Event