Fair and Balanced History

44 Innovative Lesson Plans for Bulgarian History Education

The EuroClio project in Bulgaria has its focus on school history and would like to develop an increased intercultural and also international dimension in the learning and teaching of history in this country. The target group is a wide network of historians and history educators which include history teachers, history teacher trainers, textbook authors, curriculum developers, inspectors, advisors and local authorities on the learning and teaching of history. The overall aim is to strengthen the international context of an inclusive Bulgarian history education in order to support the integration of Bulgaria into the European Union. The project culminated in the publication of a course book with innovative material to strengthen the international context of an inclusive Bulgarian history education in order to support the integration of Bulgaria into the European Union.

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Section 1. State Policies

 1. The Bulgarian Jews (1940-1944)  BG
 2. For the Bulgarian Jews' cause  BG
 3. The salvation of the Bulgarian Jews  BG
 4. For the rights of all citizens (1878-1912)  BG
5. Between civil rights and personal feelings (1878-1912)  BG
 6. What Europeans believe in  BG
7. All People were born free and equal in dignity and rights  BGEN
8. Foreign colleges in Bulgaria between the two World Wars  BG
9. The founders at Tarnovo  BG
10. A trial for the country's political system's tolerance (1931-1953)  BG
11. The Roma Community in Bulgaria  BG

Section 2. Migrations

12. The Bulgarians from the region of Banat and the Dual Austro-Hungarian Monarchy BG
13. Formation of the Bulgarian diaspora in Besarabia BG
14. Beyond the Danube and beyond all troubles BG
15. People from the Balkans in the New World BG | EN
16. Russian immigrants in Bulgaria (1918-1941) BG
17. Bulgarians' migration through the eyes of French travelers of the 19th century BG
18. Migrations to the USA at the end of the 19th century BG
19. Migrations to Free Bulgaria (1878-1919) BG
20. Migrations to Free Bulgaria (1878-1940) BG

Section 3. The City

21. One Street - Two Churches BG
22. The diversity within the space of a city BG | EN
23. The Flovdiv of Renaissance Times BG
24. Lovech on the boundary between two epochs BG
25. Plovdiv - traces of an inherited past BG
26. The town of Pleven during the Bulgarian Revival BG
27. Sofia through the centuries BG
28. Growing bigger but never growing older? BG
29. Varna - a place of peaceful contact BG
30. Vidim through the eyes of a European traveler (the 19th century) BG
31. Ruschuk at the end of the 19th century BG

Section 4. Everyday Life

32. Bulgarian agriculture and stock-breeding during the 15th-19th century BG
33. "The Bulgarian's manners" BG
34. "These women are tender" BG
35. Bulgarian's homes, crafts and trade during the 16th to 19th centuries BG
36. Stop the Dragon, Lord BG | EN

Section 5. Everyday Life

 37. When a human helps a human BG
38. Why time change people`s attitude to architectural monuments BG
39. Bulgaria`s Jerusalems BG
40. Bulgarians Alert BG
41. The Boer Wars and the feelings of a Bulgarian Classic BG
42. Elias Canetti - A memory of a  "forgotten" language BG
 43. Kemal Ataturk and Bulgaria BG
44. Christians and Muslims within the same Empire BG | EN

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Bulgarian History Teachers' Association

Contributors

Rumyana Kusheva (President of BGHTA), Milena Platnikova (Project Manager of the Bulgarian History Teachers’ Assocation), Dr. Penka Kostadinova (Vice‐president of BGHTA), Dr. Penka Stoyanova (History teacher), Senior Assistant Violeta Stoicheva (teacher‐trainer), Assoc. Prof. Kostadin Paev (Associate professor in methodology of training history), Roumen Andreev (teacher), Sue Benet (teacher trainer), Dr. Yossane Vela (lecturer and teacher trainer), Tamara Eidelmann (Russian history teacher), Ineke Veldhuis‐Meester (teacher trainer in History), Assoc. Prof. Veselin Yanchev (Professor in History), Tamara Eidelman (Russian history teacher), Milena Platnikova (BGHTA), Bistra Stoimenova (teacher trainer), Nikola Tsvetkova (teacher trainer), Emilia Dimitrova (history teacher), Dafina Nikolova (history teacher), Dimcho Doikov (history/ICT teacher), Emilia Dimitrova (history teacher), Emila Katova (history teacher), Lyubomira Pankovska (history teacher), Milka Dimitrova (regional coordinator of BGHTA), Maria Benova (history teacher), Nikolai Chakurov (history teacher), Nikolinka Popyordanova (history teacher), Petya Georgieva (history teacher), Radostina Novakova (head of regional inspectorate of education), Todor Zarkov (history teacher), Toshko Hristov (history teacher), Valentina Yordanova (historian).

European Dialogues. A Cultural Rainbow for the Future

The EuroClio project in Bulgaria has its focus on school history and would like to develop an increased intercultural and also international dimension in the learning and teaching of history in this country. The target group is a wide network of historians and history educators which include history teachers, history teacher trainers, textbook authors, curriculum developers, inspectors, advisors and local authorities on the learning and teaching of history.The overall aim is to strengthen the international context of an inclusive Bulgarian history education in order to support the integration of Bulgaria into the European Union.

Project Aims

  • The EuroClio project in Bulgaria has its focus on school history and would like to develop an increased intercultural and also international dimension in the learning and teaching of history in this country.
  • The target group is a wide network of historians and history educators which include history teachers, history teacher trainers, textbook authors, curriculum developers, inspectors, advisors and local authorities on the learning and teaching of history. Some of them are already influential in the school history education system; others carry the potential to be vital players in the future.  A group of key persons in history and history education in Bulgaria are invited in development, training and networking seminars in order to develop innovative, alternative and inclusive teaching materials.
  • The work will culminate in the publication of a course book with innovative material to strengthen the international context of an inclusive Bulgarian history education in order to support the integration of Bulgaria into the European Union.

Results

  • 4 development and training seminars (Sofia, Plovdiv) The first Development and Training Seminar was held in December 2006 in Sofia, and focused on the question: What expectations do we have for a Project on an inclusive and international approach for the Learning and Teaching history in Bulgaria? Other Development and Training Seminars focused on the state policy and human rights.
  • 4 implementation and dissemination seminars (Sofia, Burgas, Vratsa) for key persons in history education including teachers, trainers, textbook authors and other specialists.
  • 3 Annual Meetings of the renewed BGHTA were held in Sofia. On top of this; 4 authors and experts workshops were held in Sofia, Borovets and Veliki Turnovo. They were appointed to devise the worksheets Fair and Balanced History. During the piloting phase (March‐June 2008) 446 students and 21 teachers used the education packs in the cities of Teteven, Plovdiv, Krivodol, Mezdra, Sofia, Vratsa and Pleven.
  • Over 100 history educators are trained to implement the materials into school. Altogether 400 history professionals, civil servants, and experts contributed to and benefited from the 3 year activity.
  • The pack of 44 innovative worksheets for active work in classrooms include innovative lesson methods on topics from Bulgarian and general history based on different perspectives.

Legacy

The impact of this project on the society is difficult to measure. There remains a distinctly polarised opinion toward minorities, particularly the Roma, provoked by political forces and the media. Although an innovative textbook on the history of everyday life, migration and multicultural history has been created, sensitive and controversial historical episodes and issues could not yet be addressed properly because the environment hasn’t been ready for this. The issue of intolerance has been growing over the past years and has been intensified by the economic crisis. 25 percent of the respondents on the questionnaire stated they found it difficult to apply the innovative materials that respect diversity in a practical sense.

Overall, still considerable improvement in Bulgarian history education needs to be accomplished. Therefore, the BGHTA is continuing to develop worksheets, in collaboration with other regions in Bulgaria, using Fair and Balanced History as an exemplary model.

Key Publications

Available online in Bulgarian and English (selected chapters)

 

Special Report Bulgaria

 

 

Contributors

Rumyana Kusheva (President of BGHTA), Milena Platnikova (Project Manager of the Bulgarian History Teachers’ Assocation), Dr. Penka Kostadinova (Vice‐president of BGHTA), Dr. Penka Stoyanova (History teacher), Senior Assistant Violeta Stoicheva (teacher‐trainer), Assoc. Prof. Kostadin Paev (Associate professor in methodology of training history), Roumen Andreev (teacher), Sue Benet (teacher trainer), Dr. Yossane Vela (lecturer and teacher trainer), Tamara Eidelmann (Russian history teacher), Ineke Veldhuis‐Meester (teacher trainer in History), Assoc. Prof. Veselin Yanchev (Professor in History), Tamara Eidelman (Russian history teacher), Milena Platnikova (BGHTA), Bistra Stiomenova (teacher trainer), Nikola Tsvetkova (teacher trainer), Emilia Dimitrova (history teacher), Dafina Nikolova (history teacher), Dimcho Doikov (history/ICT teacher), Emilia Dimitrova (history teacher), Emila Katova (history teacher), Lyubomira Pankovska (history teacher), Milka Dimitrova (regional coordinator of BGHTA), Maria Benova (history teacher), Nikolai Chakurov (history teacher), Nikolinka Popyordanova (history teacher), Petya Georgieva (history teacher), Radostina Novakova (head of regional inspectorate of education), Todor Zarkov (history teacher), Toshko Hristov (history teacher), Valentina Yordanova (historian)

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Project Managers

Joke van der Leeuw-Roord, Special Advisor to EuroClio

Jonathan Even-Zohar, Director of EuroClio

Patrick Barker, former Project Manager of EuroClio