As in most countries, history education in Georgia is written in a national framework. Traditionally, in National Standards and school history textbooks there is little room for minitories to feature in the history classroom. In order to change this, the Georgian Association of History Education has worked on an approach to teaching about the past that can decrease tensions across boundaries of countries, and between ethnic and religious communities, and fostering mutual understanding. One of the major achievements in this respect has been the development of a student-centered teaching tool ‘How we Lived Together in Georgia in the 20th Century’, which is a collection of twenty-nine modules offering new sources, methodology and teaching ideas for the classroom on topics related to Everyday and Family Life, Religion, Migration and Multicultural Life in Georgia in the 20th century. This complementary resource targeted at students from 9th to 12th grade gives evidence of the capacity of the authors and editors to develop practical classroom material. It aims to make history an engaging subject for students by presenting them in a lively way “why”, like the introduction to the book says, “people with different ethnic and religious identities considered themselves part of (the Georgian) society, and what have made them feel marginalized”.
GAHE is full partner of the regional project of Eastern Partnership Cultural Programs-“Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues”, and in this framework, On May 11, 2013 and June 8, 2013, workshops were organised in the multicultural region of Georgia- Kvemo Kartli, in Marneuli and Bolnisi on how to teach a common past in multiethnic societies. Furthermore, a workshop was held in Batumi on 13 and 14 July 2013 was held on novelties in history teaching and cultural education in contemporary times and with training on how to teach common and shared past in multiethnic societies) for school teachers of history, civic and cultural education of Adjara. In addition, on 9-10 November 2013, in honor of the international week of tolerance, GAHE organized a workshop in Akhalkalaki- Akhaltsikhe on how to Teach Common, Shared Past in Multiethnic Society, in cooperation with The Regional Office of Ombudsman in Samtskhe-Javakheti, the Innovation Laboratory of Classical Gymnasium, ICOMOS- Georgia and the National Museum of Georgia.
The project made use of and disseminated the educational resource and publication “How we Lived Together in the 20th Century in Georgia, published in 2011 in the context of the Project “Tolerance Building through History Education” (2008-2011) in both Georgian and Russian. The publication was edited by Rumyana Kusheva, lisabed Chubinishvili, Nina Zulumiani, Manana Shekiladze and Evelina Mamedova.
Swiss Embassy | Small Grants
Nana Tsikhistavi, President
Georgian Association of History Educators