EUROCLIO Extending Partnerships in Brussels

On the 22nd of September, EUROCLIO was present in Brussels to discuss new possibilities of cooperation with several organizations in civil society. Productive talks were had with eTwinning, as well as with EEA Grants/Norway Grants. These talks were productive and fostered possible future cooperation. Furthermore, EUROCLIO was present at the General Assembly of EUCIS-LLL, which agreed on a new logo and official new title, which from now on is “LifeLong Learning Platform“. This was then concluded with an opportunity to discuss further matters of the role of education in European policy making as well as the role of civil society in promoting a stronger focus on education in Europe. To strengthen the event, several European Members of Parliament were present, of which Sirpa Pietikäinen (Finland), led the discussion which followed the G.A. Also present at the G.A. was Jon Hamer, who shared his vision of the importance of history education in promoting democratic citizenship.

EUROCLIO Members from all 28 EU Countries Discuss “Teaching Europe”

From 25 until 27 September 2015, 30 history and citizenship educators, representing Member organisations from all EU-countries met at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona for the first meeting of the project “Teaching ‘Europe’ to enhance EU cohesion: European Integration as a subject of study in secondary school education in the 28 member states”. The overall aim of the project is to improve the way in which teaching and learning about the EU is taking place and is coordinated by professor Fernando Guirao from Pompeu Fabra University in partnership with EUROCLIO. The research results will be compiled into a research report with a comparative analysis and country case studies and is expected in September 2016.

During the meeting the team discussed their research results of 2 history books for the final 2 years of compulsory education in their country, looking into communalities and differences in approach, number of pages and integration in the national historical narrative. Vadim Oswalt from Giessen University gave a workshop in which he explained his transnational research on history maps in 36 countries and showed methods how to interpret maps. The next phase in the project is the research of 2 textbooks for another social science subject. These results will be discussed during the next meeting, which will coincide with the training seminar for the Decisions and Dilemmas project from 12-15 February. For more information on the project please contact Steven Stegers (steven@euroclio.eu).

EUROCLIO seeks innovative cooperation for Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) aims to establish “more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.” Hereto, Horizon 2020 has pre-published the draft versions of the work programmes for 2016-2017. These documents are being made public just before the adoption process of the work programme to provide potential participants with the currently expected main lines of the work programme 2016-2017.

Following this publication, EUROCLIO is very interested to work with innovative ideas and cooperation for the work programme 2016-2017. Inquiries, questions and applications about such cooperation can be sent to EUROCLIO director Jonathan Even-Zohar at jonathan@euroclio.eu.

EUROCLIO Board meets online on 11 September

On 11 September the EUROCLIO Board and Secretariat met online for the second board meeting of 2015. The Board Committee structure that was initiated during the Board Meeting in Speyer in October 2014 is now fully functioning and the results of the Finance Committee, Membership Committee and Policy Committee fed into the agenda of the full Board Meeting. The agenda included an update by the Financial Committee, the draft budget for 2016, discussed the upcoming membership survey (the idea was introduced during the General Assembly in Denmark), reviewed the action planning and discussed the planning and bid for the annual conference in 2016 and 2017. In an extraordinary board meeting in October 2015, the Board will make the final decision for the location of the General Assembly and Annual Conference in 2017, taking into account on the financial advice from the Finance Committee. The next physical board meeting is planned to take place in December 2015 in The Hague.

EUROCLIO day “Peace in Europe” at the Anne Frank House with 30 educators from Poland

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On Monday 24 August EUROCLIO organised a 1-day training programme to over 30 educators from Poland as part of the“Peace in Europe” scholarship of Dom Pokoju (the House of Peace in Wroclaw). The day focused on learning about peace through over 100 years of European History. The trainers (Miljenko Hajdarovic, Pascal Tak, Richard Kennett and Helen Snelson ) gave a series of active workshops related to the topics of peace and human rights. The educators, who were selected in pairs from schools across Poland, will use what they learned as part of the scholarship at their schools, and get support by trainers from Dom Pokoju. All materials from the training can be found at the website of Mount School York under the heading “Resources from the Anne Frank House training in August 2015”. The programme of the meeting can be found here.

EUROCLIO is looking for new trainees – do you want to join us?

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EUROCLIO offers university students in the final stage of their University Bachelor degree or in their Master degree the opportunity to enrich their knowledge with the practical experience of working for an International NGO in the field of History Education.

As a trainee, you will learn all about the world of an International NGO. You will get in touch with different institutions, donors, funding organs, and international associations and learn about the importance of networking, organising and reporting. Your tasks will include communication with members and partners, public announcements, fundraising and all aspects of event management. It is also possible to do a research traineeship.

For our Spring/Summer traineeships (February 2016 – July/August 2016) we are looking for dedicated students that have:
• An interest in History, History Education and International Cooperation;
• Skills in Standard Microsoft Office Applications;
• Flexibility, strong motivation and the capability to work independently;
• Fluency in written and spoken English, which is the working language at the Secretariat. Knowledge of any other language is an advantage.

Students who are interested can send their letter of motivation and CV by e-mail to Judith Geerling ( judith@euroclio.eu). The deadline is 1 November. For more information including experiences from former trainees, go to our website.

Images of others: the findings of the German-Israeli Textbook Commission

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EUROCLIO Ambassador Martin Liepach took part as expert in the German-Israeli textbook committee and was present at the launch event. He reports: At the initiative of the German and Israeli Governments, the German-Israeli Textbook Commission was established in 2011, with the aim to examine the depiction of each other’s country in school textbooks. Under the title “Images of others” the Commission presented its findings, recommendations and conclusions in June 2015 in Berlin. The findings and recommendations can be read (German and Hebrew) here.

Augsburg University History Didactics Chair Hosts EUROCLIO at East China Normal University Shanghai Summer School

More than twenty Chinese students, history teachers and doctoral candidates visited the Chair of History Didactics at Augsburg University from 29 June until 11 July to take part in the first German-Chinese Summer School on Public History. EUROCLIO Director Jonathan Even-Zohar joined the summer school for two days and contributed to the programme with a discussion on the role of civil society and hisotry education across borders, as well as a series of talks with prominent University representatives.

The Summer School was planned by Prof. Dr. Meng Zhongjie, Vice Dean of the History Faculty at East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, and Prof. Dr. Susanne Popp with her team at the Chair of History Didactics at Augsburg University. Its aim was to discuss and develop ideas in the broad field of historical culture in research and mediation in a representative, diverse, theoretical and practically oriented way.

One objective was to look at the differences, similarities, perspectives, theoretical concepts and practical models of modern history mediation in two systems, which are politically, socially and culturally completely different.

The Summer School program included presentations, workshops, excursions and visits to school lessons. The main topics for these activities were the methods, media and institutions of history mediation in Germany and Europe. Another focal point was history teaching in schools providing general education; here participants of the Summer School concentrated on the basics and characteristics of history as a subject in schools, as well as the teaching aims, methods and media used in the lessons and the school books by comparing their use in Germany and China.

The concepts of memorial cultures in Germany were looked at, using the National Socialism, the holocaust and the Second World War as the topics of mediation. During visits to the memorial site at the former concentration camp in Dachau, and several places in Nuremberg participants discussed the ways Germany handles its historical responsibility.

The EU-project EMEE, which is looking into the contemporary history mediation in museums, provided an insight into conventional and modern concepts of museological history mediation. These insights as well as other museum and exhibition concepts were explored in numerous visits to museums in Augsburg, Munich, Nuremberg and Berlin.

The last aspect, which was discussed during the summer school, was the media of history education, particularly popular history magazines. The University of Augsburg was able to contribute to this aspect by using the results of the EU-research project EHISTO, which was completed successfully in 2014. Additionally, Dr. Stefan Bergmann, the editor-in-chief of DAMALS – one of Germany’s leading history magazines – provided further insight into the development of popular history magazines. The program of the Summer School was completed by lecturers from both Augsburg and Shanghai, and experts from Bremen, Berlin and Milan. The organizers were very happy that EUROCLIO-director Dr. Jonathan Even-Zohar visited the Summer School to present EUROCLIO and to have a discussion with the participants.

The Summer School is sponsored by the Gesellschaft der Freunde der Universität Augsburg e.V., the Deutsch-Chinesische Gesellschaft Augsburg e.V., the Huangshan Publishing House, Shanghai and the East China Normal University (ECNU) Shanghai.

Inclusion and Citizenship at the Forefront of New EU priorities in Education

EU action and Member States’ cooperation in the field of education and training is framed in a work programme – the Education and Training 2020 Strategic Framework (ET2020), which contains four strategic objectives and seven benchmarks. Following a mid-term evaluation, the Draft 2015 Joint Report of the ET2020 proposes new work priorities up to 2020. Highlighting the need to pursue a comprehensive lifelong learning approach, from early childhood education to adult education, the report rightly stresses the role played by education to contribute to employment and growth objectives as well as to building a fairer and more cohesive and democratic societyEUCIS-LLL also welcomes the emphasis being placed on good governance and the need to reinforce partnerships with social partners and civil society. It thus supports its formal adoption by the Education Council in November. Partially, this new direction is in tune with the EUROCLIO 2015 Helsingor Declaration.

EUCIS-LLL welcomes the adoption by the European Commission of the Draft 2015 Joint Report that represents a turning point in EU cooperation in the field by offering a balanced approach between the economic, social and civic goals of education. The Draft Report rightly highlights the main challenges Europe is facing such as increasing inequalities, unemployment, digitalisation, ageing and radicalization. If the four strategic objectives, which EUCIS-LLL supported, are maintained in the Draft Report, it urges to pursue their efforts in developing the third, “promoting equity, social cohesion and active citizenship”. This call shared by many civil society organisations has been heard, while action became urgent after the attacks in Paris and Copenhagen. EUCIS-LLL is now looking forward to the concrete measures and programmes that will follow the adoption of the Report.

Besides, the Draft Report emphasises the need to continue efforts to improve access to quality education for all. Providing high quality learning opportunities to all and especially to the most disadvantaged groups is crucial in getting people more engaged in society in its economic, political and social dimensions. As European history shows, rising inequalities go hand in hand with rising nationalism and discrimination. EUCIS-LLL had therefore called for a flagship initiative on “Inclusive Education” as concrete follow-up of the adoption of the Joint Report.

Finally, the Report announces measures to improve governance and relevance of the ET2020. EUCIS-LLL would like to stress the importance of partnerships between both sectors and actors. The LLL-HUB project shows that such partnerships are the key to implement comprehensive and efficient lifelong learning strategies at national and regional level and require proper coordination mechanisms and strong political. Trans-sectoral partnerships should also be strongly encouraged and supported within Erasmus+ at centralised and decentralised level. As the OECD Agenda for Action stresses, partnerships are the cornerstone to public service innovation. EUCIS-LLL and its members are thus eager to participate in meaningful dialogues with policy makers and in initiatives to contribute to a successful implementation of the strategy.

The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL) gathers 39 European networks working in education and training. Together, they cover all sectors of education and training including networks for secondary and higher education, vocational education and training, adult education and popular education; networks for students, school heads, parents, HRD professionals, teachers and trainers. www.eucis-lll.eu

Contact: Audrey Frith, EUCIS-LLL Director, +32 2 893 2515, audrey.frith@eucis-lll.eu

Norwegian Partnerships for EUROCLIO ahead!

On 28-31 August, EUROCLIO Director Jonathan Even-Zohar travelled to Oslo as part of the EUROCLIO Secretariat Erasmus+ Key Action 1 Mobility fund in order to engage with members and partners in key countries. Mr Karsten Korbol, Board Member of HIFO, the Norwegian Association of History Education, had also invited him to provide a lecture about EUROCLIO and the methodological approach at the University of Oslo’s Teacher Training programme. As part of this trip, he was able to meet with key decision makers in the Norwegian Government, including in the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while education expert Ms Claudia Lenz at the European Wergeland Centre had organised an in-depth programme to meet and exchange views and ideas for future cooperation with EUROCLIO. EUROCLIO will continue to develop these partnerships in the coming year.