Learning History that is not yet History II

About the Project

In the Balkans, no topic is more sensitive or divisive than the recent wars that marked the end of Yugoslavia. This makes teaching about this period of history very difficult. At the same time, there is a need and momentum to do this. Young people, who did not experience the war, are asking questions, and the wars have become a mandatory component of history education curricula in every country of the region that bears the scar of the conflict. Teaching about the wars is unavoidable, and should not be avoided.

How can teachers teach this event (or set of events) that are not yet considered “history,” yet are ever-present in media and cultural memory? How can teachers navigate the controversies of students’ personal family stories, contradictory national narratives, and competing ethnic victimhoods? How can they offer a balanced view of the wars for their students while meeting state curriculum requirements?

These are the questions that the project Learning History that is not yet History (LHH) began to tackle. As a result of its hard work and pioneering approach in a difficult region, the LHH team were awarded the Global Pluralism Award 2019 by the Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP) in Ottawa, Canada. See the video below:

Project Aims

Building on the results of its predecessor, the Learning History that is not yet History II (LHH2) project is promoting a pluralistic approach to teaching the recent wars, thus contributing to stability and more mutual understanding in the region.

EuroClio is working with its members:

  • To develop 4 lesson plans based on the existing resources from LHH, that demonstrate how a teacher can teach the recent wars using a multi-perspective approach in multi-national teams.
  • To strengthen the capacity of the LHH team (and the teacher associations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia) to deal with this sensitive topic transnationally.
  • To further the cooperation with colleagues from the other countries that were part of the Former Yugoslavia.
  • To increase the use and implementation of the developed resources through training events, presentations, and awareness-raising activities.
  • To maintain the online database with 100+ entries of existing (educational) resources that could be used in teaching the recent wars in schools.

Team Members

EuroClio Project Managers:

  • Steven Stegers, Executive Director
  • Catherine Savitsky, Junior Project Manager

Country Coordinators:

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina: Bojana Dujković-Blagojević
  • Croatia: Igor Jovanović
  • Montenegro: Miloš Mrvaljević
  • Serbia: Aleksandar Todosijević

Authors Teams and Lesson Plan Topics:

  • Horrors of War (coordinator Aleksandar Todosijević)
    • Melisa Forić (BOS)
    • Josip Naglić (CRO)
    • Zvezdana Lakić (MON)
  • Perspectives on the Experience of War
    • Igor Jovanović (CRO)
    • Aleksandar Todosijević (SER)
    • Marija Naletelić (BOS)
  • Heroism during War
    • Miloš Mrvaljević (MON)
    • Nikica Torbica (CRO)
    • Emina Živković (SER)
  • Legacies of War
    • Bojana Dujković-Blagojević (BOS)
    • Nataša Kostić (SER)
    • Vesna Kovacević (MON)

Editor: Mire Mladenovski (NMK)

Acknowledgement

The Learning History that is not yet History II project is supported by the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa. The GCP serves as a global platform for comparative analysis, education and dialogue about the choices and actions that advance and sustain pluralism.