The final Capacity Building and Curriculum Workshop of the EuroClio/Belgium Ministry of Foreign Affairs project “History that Connects – Republic of Macedonia” took place in Veles, Macedonia. Over thirty history teachers from Skopje, Veles and the region gathered between 27- 29 of June. The structure of this event was similar to the teacher training sessions in Ohrid and Stip. There were several presentations from regional observers about the educational status in Scotland, Ukraine, Kosovo and Serbia. Also international experts Neil McLennan and Iryna Kostyuk, gave interesting and dynamic workshops about active learning and interactive history teaching. Participants were given new insights how to teach sensitive topics in history and how to promote active learning in the classroom. These activities and aims where strengthened by guest speaker Albert Hani from the ZDF Forum, who gave a clear overview of the activities of his organization. Joke van der Leeuw-Roord, activated the participants in discussions about the recommendations that were suggested during the previous two seminars in Ohrid and Stip about textbooks and curriculum. The participants discussed actively and the end result was very inspiring. During the concluding session many expressed the intention to actively use these active learning methods in the classes and to participate in the first annual conference of ANIM in august. This project will be concluded in august when the ANIM and EuroClio will present their recommendations to the Macedonian Minister of Education.
On 20-22 April 2012 40 history teachers came together in a beautiful city of Stip (Macedonia), to participate in the Second Capacity Building and Curriculum Assessment Workshop within the EuroClio/Belgium Ministry of Foreign Affairs project History that Connects – Republic of Macedonia. The workshop aimed to further strengthen the organizational and networking capacity of the Association of History Educators in Macedonia (ANIM). Just like in Ohrid (Macedonia) this was done by group discussions and participants were very eager to share their ideas and experiences to improve the ANIM network and mission. Mrs Ineke Veldhuis Meester and Mr Semih Aktekin were present as international experts to give insightful and active workshops about sensitive history and multiperspectivity. Observers from the History Teachers Associations in Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey also shared and discussed the current affairs in History Teaching in their countries with the workshop participants. The participants spend a lot of time pitching new ideas and fine-tuning ideas that the teachers in Ohrid had written down. A few days before the seminar began, EuroClio received a letter of support from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Macedonia. This written support by the Minister of Education of Macedonia, aimed at helping to find solutions for Integrated History Education in Macedonia was viewed as a very positive and a big step forward by all participants.
During one of the coldest weekends of this winter, 36 History Educators, mostly from the Western part of the Republic of Macedonia, met in Ohrid for the first Capacity Building and Curriculum Assessment Workshop in the EuroClio/Belgium Ministry of Foreign Affairs project History that Connects – Republic of Macedonia. The workshop aimed to strengthen the organizational and networking capacity of the Association of History Educators in Macedonia ANIM. This was achieved by having a series of group discussions about strategies forward for the Association. It was very helpful that valuable expertise from Finland and Estonia (both of them like Republic of Macedonia, also multi-lingual countries) could be shared by the trainers and association activists Ms Mare Oja (Estonian Association of History Educators) and Riitta Mikkola (HYOL – Finnish Association of History and Social Studies Teachers). They also gave insightful and active workshops about sensitive history and multiperspectivity. Observers from the Slovenian, Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian and Kosovar History Teachers Associations also shared and discussed with the participants the current affairs in History Teaching in their countries. The bulk of the workshop was spent on kick-starting a new and exciting research programme, supported by the Minister of Education of Macedonia, into challenges and solutions for Integrated History Education in Macedonia. This was done using the so-called World Café method. A detailed report will soon be available for download.