Qatar Hosts World Innovation in Education Summit 2015 on Education and Economy – Register Now

The 2015 WISE Summit “Investing for Impact: Quality Education for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth.” will convene November 3-5, 2015 in Doha and focus on the link between education and the economy. The sessions and plenaries will be designed around the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Education and the economy, and Fostering innovation in education systems. Examine topics, such as educational reform and innovation in the MENA region and Qatar and the importance of investing in early childhood development, further in the thematic sessions and collaborate with leading experts, innovators, and educational leaders. Apply for an Individual Delegate Package or a Group Delegate Package now on their website.

Call for Papers for Human Rights Education Conference in The Netherlands

Rights Education Conference on “Translating Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms to Today’s World.” will be held in Middelburg, 17-19 December, 2015. The Conference aims to support and promote the United Nations objectives in human rights education, to critically assess how human rights objectives in education are translated into practices, to highlight the role of specific actors in human rights education, and to assess the connection between Roosevelt’s four freedoms and human dignity today.

Participants are encouraged to submit their papers on the following themes: global trends in human rights education, analysing key actors in human rights education, current themes in human rights education, and the practice of human rights education.

The deadline for abstracts is September 6th, 2015 and should be sent to IHREC-2015@hrea.org.

For more information on the paper proposal and conference registration, visit their website.

Early bird registration for the conference ends October 15th, 2015.

Few Spots Left for European Peer Training Opportunity in Luxembourg; Apply Now!

The European Peer Training Organisation will be holding a 4-day seminar “Peer education: a springboard to employment”, 23-28 October 2015, in Luxembourg, to support young peer educators in their professional development in the field of peer education and beyond.

The main goals of the peer forum are to link generations of peer trainers and increase awareness on working possibilities in peer education, to provide concrete professional development opportunities for youth, to reflect on how to identify and value competences developed through peer education, to provide tools for advocating peer education, and to launch EPTO’s new certification process.

EPTO are encouraging applicants from Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Estonia, Albania, Romania, Hungary, Luxembourg, Turkey, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, and Iceland. Applicants should be either youth workers who have been certified as EPTO peer trainers in the last 3 years or in the last 4-15 years, or young peer trainers working on projects in their local areas.

The extended deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 15th, 2015. To apply, fill out the online form here.

For further questions about the event of EPTO, contact: Catherine@epto.org.

Help the Council of Europe Develop a New Model of Competences – Survey out NOW

The Education Department of Council of Europe has developed a new theoretical model of the competences (i.e., the values, attitudes, skills, knowledge and understanding) that are required for democratic culture. The Education Department is now developing descriptors that can be used to assess the extent to which a learner has acquired these competences. Feedback from education professionals at all levels on descriptors for these competences are welcomed.

You can do this by completing a questionnaire through this link. This questionnaire is available in English, French, Russian, Georgian, Italian, Romanian and Spanish. German and Serbian will be added shortly.

We encourage you to participate in this questionnaire and influence the development of new theoretical models of the competences!

More information about this initiative and questionnaire can be found here: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/education/descriptors_en.asp

Register Now for EUROCLIO Annual Conference in Belfast

2016 marks the centenary of two important events in Northern Ireland History, namely the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme. Both events have come to be seen as key moments in the history of both sides of a divided society. How these issues, amongst others, are taught can provide a number of obstacles for teachers to address. How can we teach controversial history in a responsible manner?

EUROCLIO (European Association of History Educators) is inviting you to register in the 23rd EUROCLIO Annual Conference Professional Development and Training Course on ‘Reimagining Remembrance. Dealing with the Legacy of a Violent Past in History and Heritage Education’ in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The conference will run from the 19th until 24th March 2016.

Educators from all over the world are invited to apply to participate in one of the most significant history education conferences in Europe.

The conference aims to explore this question through an active programme which will engage the participant in workshops, dialogue tables, open spaces, on-site study visits, public debates and reflective and interactive panels. The core group of teachers and heritage educators will be involved in activities that will empower them to engage their students and other target groups in critical debate from multiple perspectives. For questions please contact Aysel Gojayeva (Project Manager).

Visit the conference page for more information about the conference fee and practical information or download the preliminary programme below.

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Compete in the first Historiana Competition and Win a Ticket to Belfast

EUROCLIO announces a competition on the conference theme of the Annual Conference 2016 in Belfast. The idea behind the Historiana competition is to encourage educators to find practical ways to overcome a common challenge for history, heritage and citizenship educators. The challenge for the 1st edition is to create learning activities that help to address stereotypes by teaching sensitive history in divided societies.

The winner of the competition will be invited to give a workshop at the EUROCLIO conference on “Reimagining Remembrance & Dealing with the Legacy of a Violent Past” in Belfast on 19-24 March 2016. All history, heritage and citizenship educators, teacher trainers and trainee teachers can submit a contribution. The deadline for submission is Monday October 12, 2015. For questions please contact judith@euroclio.eu.

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Call for Participation for 23rd EUROCLIO Annual Conference at Belfast!

EUROCLIO (European Association of History Educators) is delighted to announce the official Call for Participation for the 23rd EUROCLIO Annual Conference Professional Development and Training Course on ‘Remembering the Difficult Past through History and Heritage Education’ in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The conference will run from the19th until 25th March 2016. Educators from all over the world are invited to apply to participate in one of the most significant history education conferences in Europe.

Click here to view the programme outline, background information and information on fees/logistics.

The conference is registered at Erasmus+ catalogue. Find out if your institute has received an Erasmus+ grant which can support your participation at the conference. Visit the official Catalogue here.

For queries, contact Aysel Gojayeva ( aysel@euroclio.eu)

World War I on Historiana, get involved

In the March Newsletter it was announced that Historiana will be participating in a new project, Europeana Creative. Our involvement is with the pilot project on history education where we are working with our web design partner, Webtic, to develop a range of e-learning activities which will make use of some of the historical sources that can be found on the Europeana database. The development work has now begun and we will be hoping to involve some of you in piloting these activities with your students in the early autumn.

It is intended that these learning activities will be transferable so that we could employ them on Historiana with a wide variety of historical events and developments. However, clearly we cannot develop them in a vacuum so we have decided that in the first phase of the project we will focus on development of interactive learning activities within the context of World War I.

This was an obvious choice for Historiana. First, it is a topic covered in most school history curricula in Europe and, therefore, a development priority for us. Second, there is a lot of source material relating to the war on the Europeana database. This includes many hours of newsreel coverage, photographs, propaganda posters, postcards and letters sent home by members of the armed forces, military dispatches, newspaper coverage, and so on.

Work has also begun on developing a module on World War I to support these activities, including an animated time map, a timeline of key events and evidence-based information on the causes and consequences of the war. One of our main aims here is to provide history educators and their students with multiple perspectives on the war: not just different national perspectives (although that will be important) but also material reflecting the different perspectives and experiences of the soldiers at each front; the different ways newspapers covered the war and how the news was received on the home fronts; how the war was perceived in non-combatant countries; and how governments reacted to events and developments during the war.

To do this we need your help. If you would like to contribute source material relating to any of these perspectives, please contact Steven Stegers at: steven@euroclio.eu