EUROCLIO Manifesto on High Quality History Education Now Available in 7 Languages

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In 2013, EUROCLIO published its “Manifesto on High Quality History, Heritage and Citizenship Education: 15 principles for the recognition of the distinctive contribution of history to the development of young people.” Only two years later, and thanks to the efforts of our members, the Manifesto is available in 6 other languages, next to the original English version. Visit the page about the Association here, or download the Manifesto in the language of your choice below.

EUROCLIO at NECE Focus Group: Exchange between Europe and North Africa

In the run up to the 2015 NECE (Networking European Citizenship Education) Conference, the NECE Focus Group “Exchange between Europe and North Africa” convened for the fourth time in Thessaloniki, Greece. This year, EUROCLIO was also invited to participate. On behalf of EUROCLIO, Jaco Stoop attended the meetings, which took place over the course of three days.

During the meetings, more than thirty participants—both members of the group and guests like EUROCLIO—from ten countries on both sides of the Mediterranean Sea discussed citizenship education in the a European and North African context. Because the topic of the conference was “‘Us’ and ‘Them’: Citizenship Education in an Interdependent World”, the discussions focused on processes of ‘othering’ and how to deal with this in citizenship education. Within these discussions, EUROCLIO aimed to point out the central role history education can play in citizenship education in general, and in dealing with ‘othering’ in particular.

Another, very important goal of the meetings was to exchange ideas and projects between the participants, and to provide an opportunity for networking between European and North African organizations. EUROCLIO was able to gain additional insights in the situation of history education in some Southern Mediterranean countries, such as Egypt and Tunisia, and also to exchange contacts and ideas for future projects in the Mediterranean Region.

EUROCLIO Organized Successful ALF Capacity Building and Network Event

In an effort to reinvigorate the Netherlands Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, EUROCLIO, functioning as Head of Network, invited its members to a capacity building and network event in Amsterdam, hosted by Humanity in Action. The day consisted of two workshops, by Humanity in Action and TheOneMinutes, focusing on the use of video for improving and strengthening the message of the NGO members of the Network. Furthermore, information was provided on the process of applying for the grants provided by the Anna Lindh Foundation.

The first workshop was hosted by Humanity in Action, who explained their mission and core and then launched into an interactive workshop which made it a goal for all participants to ask hard questions about the core of their organization and its mission, and then to bring that down to no more than one minute of video footage.

The second workshop was hosted by The One Minutes who showed several videos made by young people, from across the globe, and focused on their own personal issues and problems. This very personal approach from a child’s perspective provided a great platform for a discussion on the different possible uses of video. Subsequently, several decisions were made on the continuation of the Netherlands Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, namely by announcing new elections on the Head of Network, since EUROCLIO’s mandate will end by January 1st, 2016.

Concluding, the participants can look back to an interesting and worthwhile event which EUROCLIO hopes to continue on December, when the second capacity-building and network event will take place in The Hague.

EUROCLIO Represented on First Colloqium on Fundamental Rights in Brussels

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On 1 and 2 October, EUROCLIO President Marjan de Groot-Reuvekamp represented EUROCLIO on the first Colloquium on Fundamental Rights in Brussels. This first annual Colloqium, with the central theme of Tolerance and respect: preventing and combating antisemitic and anti-Muslim hatred in Europe”.

Marjan de Groot-Reuvekamp attests: “Looking into the theme of this colloquium, we can say that EUROCLIO, with all our member associations in all EU Member States and beyond, is deeply committed to support actions and initiatives in the field of education that help European societies to face the challenges posed by extremism, inequality, intolerance and discrimination.

We underline this in our Manifesto and in the Helsingor Declaration. With support of the Council of Europe, OSCE and UNESCO, EUROCLIO has engaged to establish the importance of innovative and responsible history education. We are able to collect and make visible a lot of good practice in Europe.

To continue our work we need a fundamental discussion on education policy making – to enable inclusion, diversity, peace, democracy and dialogue by bringing history educators together, challenging them to think on overcoming larger challenges in their societies and across border.”

Please visit the website for more information on the Colloqium. You can find its official conclusions here.

EUROCLIO at the NECE conference about ‘Us’ and ‘Them’

EUROCLIO was invited by NECE, The German Federal Agency for Civic Education – the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung to take an active role during  NECE Conference 2015: “‘Us’ and ‘Them’: Citizenship Education in an Interdependent World”. Starting point of this year’s conference was the question of how to re-imagine and define the role of citizenship education in increasingly divided and polarized societies. EUROCLIO was represented at this conference by secretariat Members –Aysel Gojayeva, Steven Stegers and EUROCLIO Ambassadors from Ukraine – Iryna Kostyuk and Russia – Julia Kushnereva, and EUROCLIO Board Member – Mire Mladenovski.

The role of EUROCLIO at this conference was enhanced by leading a workshop on “Challenging historical narratives” and a panel based on methods used by Clear Focus group. The workshop on “Challenging Narratives” aimed to demonstrate the work of EUROCLIO by reflecting on the development process of the “Crossroads of Cultures” that has been made collaboratively by educators from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and which has just been finalised. The workshop participants were introduced to EUROCLIO resources, achievements and challenges met in its translational projects and integrated an active workshop built around one of the educational materials developed within “Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues” project.

Meanwhile, Steven Stegers presented the conference public to work done by Clear Focus group and engaged the conference participants into thinking around the notion of citizenship and come up with their views and understanding. This session was received very positively by the participants and stimulated an active discussion around the individual and common understanding of citizenship and its role in the society.

More information about the conference can be found here: http://www.bpb.de/veranstaltungen/netzwerke/nece/205543/nece-conference-2015-thessaloniki

EUROCLIO Ambassador Speaks to the European Parliament

On October 15th, 2015, Benny Christensen spoke on behalf of EUROCLIO at the European Parliament on the Helsingor Declaration. As EUROCLIO ambassador and expert, as well as Historiana contributor, Benny Christensen addressed the Committee on Culture and Education and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on ‘What can history education contribute to the prevention of radicalisation.’ The meeting was made available to the public via a live stream.

Council of Europe History Teaching Unit Project on Diversity and Democracy Plans Ahead

On 30 September and 1 October, EUROCLIO Director Jonathan Even-Zohar, joined the consultancy group in Strasbourg, headed by Ms Tatiana Milko, Director of the History Education Unit of the Council of Europe, to fine-tune and plan ahead the Council’s project on Teaching history for diversity and democracy. The project will be built around two phases. In the first phase (2016-2017,), there will be four regional seminars organised in different parts of Europe, which will lead to a collection of effective practice. The seminars will be preceded with surveys to scan current curricula and other teaching challenges. In the second phase Europe-wide recommendations are to be produced. The meeting was very fruitful, and helped to prepare the action planning which should be furthered in November.

EUROCLIO Hosts 7th International NGO Forum Conference on History and Peace in July 2016

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Many tensions in the world are rooted in history and the way in which it is learned at school, perceived in public, and addressed politically can be seen to either resolve or sustain these tensions. This is in particular the case for East Asia, where history is at the top of political and civil agenda, aiming to address territorial disputes, controversial commemorations and historical interpretations. Also history education, in particular textbooks, is constantly in the spotlight.

The annual International NGOs Forum on History and Peace, co-organised by the International History NGO for History and Peace, already since 2008 is a unique platform for cooperation among thousands of representatives of civil society, education and research with a focus on strengthening cooperation between China, South Korea and Japan, as well as fostering co-operation across East Asia and beyond. With many strong civil society partners, the Forum has initiated and partnered on a variety of projects and partnerships, which include the production of joint history textbooks, youth and teacher exchanges.

EUROCLIO, the selected host for the 7th International NGOs Forum on History and Peace, is proud to welcome history educators, researchers, civil society activists and political representatives from Europe, East Asia, and beyond, to come to Leiden, Utrecht and The Hague, an International City of Peace and Justice, on 6-10 July 2016 in order to gain a better common understanding of the role of international relations, history education and civil society in establishing sustainable peace in East Asia in a dialogue with Europe.

The preliminary programme and call for presentations and workshops is expected to be available in December, but should you be interested – do contact Jonathan Even-Zohar.

Call for Workshops for EUROCLIO Annual Conference 2016

EUROCLIO is delighted to announce the official Call for Workshops for the 23rd EUROCLIO Annual Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland (19-24 March 2016).

Interested parties are encouraged to participate in the call and realise their own workshop project during one of the most significant conferences in the field of history, heritage and citizenship education across Europe.

Workshop application forms (see below) should be filled out and sent in to aysel@euroclio.eu before 15 December 2015.

The authors of the selected workshop proposals will get an opportunity to take part actively in the conference programme and engage other participants in interactive learning, reflecting the aims of the conference. By leading your small workshop project you can spread your word and experience across Europe!

If you are not registered in the conference yet, please complete your registration here. The deadline for registrations is December 1, 2015.

The conference aims to explore the question of “How to teach controversial history in a responsible manner” through a highly (inter)active and engaging programme with workshops, dialogue tables, open spaces, on-site study visits, public debate and reflective and interactive panels. The conference will provide a platform of intercultural exchange in which the participants will actively learn, share best practices and network.

For more information, see the conference page.

EUROCLIO workshop on Avoiding Rigid Thinking at DARE Conference in Oslo

From 29 September until 1 October, EUROCLIO project manager Judith Geerling participated in the conference EDC-HRE against extremism How to share and develop good participating methods against extremism among youth in Oslo, Norway, that was organised by DARE (Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe) Network together with the Human Rights Academy. Around 30 participants from organisations across Europe working on democracy and human rights education came together for the annual General Assembly of DARE, in which their action programme for next year was approved and a new board was elected. The Assembly was embedded in a bigger seminar that focused on combatting extremism and radicalisation amongst youth through education. EUROCLIO facilitated a workshop on avoiding rigid thinking with practical examples from history education.

In her workshop, Judith Geerling presented three learning activities developed in different projects that all try to promote critical thinking amongst the youth and create an open and inclusive space for the students to debate and discuss. This included the learning activity ‘Mechanisms for Inclusion and Exclusion’ developed by Daniel Gaede with Leonie Wieser within the Multi-faceted Memory project, an activity made for the “Handbook on Values for Life in a Democracy” by Bob Stradling and Chris Rowe, ‘Free Speech or Religious Offence: The Case of the Danish Cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed’, and finally ’Sarajevo Assassination’ developed by Melisa Foric for the publication ‘Once upon a time… we lived together’.