EUROCLIO Presents its First Publication on Culture in the Black Sea

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EUROCLIO is proud to present the first educational publication developed in 6 languages, titled “Crossroad of Cultures. Social and Political Changes in the Countries of the Black Sea in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries”. The languages in which the educational material is published are Armenian, Azeri, Georgian, Moldovan, Russian and Ukrainian. The publication is the key achievement of the four-year-lasting EUROCLIO project “Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues“.

This publication is made collaboratively by educators from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine with the support of EUROCLIO and its project partners. The learning activities in the publication are built around three sub themes: “Cultural Heritage”, “Culture and Politics” and “Family and Everyday Life”. The publication is suitable for the use at the secondary schools as learning activities target age groups ranging from 14 to 18 year old. The publication consists of materials for both students and teachers.

The learning activities are designed to make students think critically for themselves and make their own interpretations based on (source) evidence. They provide opportunities for students to learn in ways that are different than the traditional textbooks. In order to engage students in the learning, active methods are used in the different chapters and more methods are included in the teachers’ part.

The publication does not provide an analysis or covers all aspects of the cultures and histories of the project countries, let alone the wider Black Sea Region. The topics have been chosen by the authors who also selected the source materials and methodology and were further developed by the editor. It is a demonstration that people with different backgrounds can work together on the use of innovative approaches to the teaching and learning of cultures beyond borders.

The digital versions of the publications in 6 languages will be available soon (EUROCLIO owns the copyright of the publication).

For questions regarding this publication and the “Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues project”, please contact Aysel Gojayeva (Project Manager).

New Milestone in Sharing History Project: Designed Materials Used for Latvia Workshop

Iryna Kostyuk (All-Ukrainian Association of Teachers of History and Social Studies “Nova Doba”), Nana Tsikhistavi (Georgian Association of History Educators) and Steven Stegers (Programme Director at EUROCLIO) shared their experiences from the Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues project with the participants in the Global Education – Engagement, Growth, and Sustainability Forum. The Forum was organised in Valmiere (Latvia) by the Education Development Centerfrom 8-10 June 2015 and brought together global education participants and stakeholders from more than 10 European countries. During the session, Steven presented the project focusing on the complexities of the development process, Nana shared what the impact of the project has been for the association in Georgia, and Iryana gave practical workshop based on the material “German settlers in Azerbaijan in 19th — beginning of 20th century” by Aydin Aslanov and Gulnara Abidi. The editing of the Sharing History, Cultural Dialogue project is reaching its final stage and most of the 30 modules developed in the project have been sent for design and translation. The design of the publication is made by Olga Borysenko in Ukraine. For more information contact Steven Stegers.

Sharing History in Action: More Developments Achieved in Tbilisi

November and December were busy months for the Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues project team. The Editors meeting in the Hague (12-17 November 2014) was followed by the Conference on Responsible History in Bazaleti (27-30 November), and after the meeting with the National Editors and Steering Committee Members between 1-2 December 2014 in Tbilisi. All three events influenced the progress of development of the educational modules significantly. During the meeting with the National Editors from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in Tbilisi which was coordinated by Editor-in-Chief of the project, Julia Kushnereva, navigator and glossary sections of all the edited modules were finalized and the planning for the next year of the project were made. In parallel to this meeting, Steering Committee Members convened in Tbilisi to reflect on the previous year of the project, its challenges and achievements, and shared their thoughts and recommendations on the final year of the project, and looked broadely on the future of the Black Sea programme, and marked the importance of continuing the work in the region using the existing experiences, and the material developed. In 2015, the project team will continue their work on finalizing the editing of the educational modules, and look for means and support in realizing the national trainings using the developed material, and possibly present the material to the wider public in the region.

For questions contact Aysel Gojayeva.
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Significant Progress Made by “Sharing History” Project Editors in The Hague

Last week the Euroclio secretariat had the pleasure of hosting the editors of the Sharing History – Cultural Dialogues project in The Hague for a four day editing meeting. The tensions felt on the Northern shores of the Black Sea stood in sharp contrast with the spirit of cooperation and friendship between the editors from Georgia, Ukraine, Russia and Latvia. With the help of the staff of the secretariat and the external reviewer Wim van Meurs, professor of South-Eastern European history at the university of Nijmegen, the editors critically reviewed the prepared education material. As a result a number of modules was finished and suggestions were made for the improvement of other learning activities.

“Sharing History” Project: Involving Schools in Piloting and Peer Review

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In October, the current EUROCLIO project in the Black Sea Region “Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues” has entered the stage of piloting and peer review of the edited versions of the teaching modules developed in the framework of the project.

A series of secondary schools and history and citizenship educators in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are cooperating in the process of piloting and peer review of the modules. Piloting and peer review are being streamlined with several guiding questions which will be in the end reviewed by the Editorial team in preparing the modules for the final publication.

The piloting and peer review will continue until the end of 2014 and will be followed with the final editing, translation, design and respectively the printing of the publication. Between 5-7 November the Coordinators of the project convened in Kiev to jointly discuss the next steps in the project.

Crucial Steps Taken at 3rd Editing Meeting in Chisinau

From 6-9 July, editors from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Latvia, Moldova and Russia met in Chisinau to work on the editing for the draft modules within the Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues project. In addition to the editing of modules, the team worked on the glossary and footnotes (for terms that need more explanations), identified sensitive and controversial issues and discussed the testing and piloting procedures. As part of the visit to Moldova, the team visited the ANTIM resource center that has been improved as part of the capacity building of the project. The next step of the project will be the testing and piloting of modules and selection of a publishing house.

Eastern Partnership Culture Programme Convenes Over 50 Actors in the Cultural Sector

The last cycle of workshops on cross cutting themes lead by Regional Monitoring and Capacity Building Unit EASTERN Partnership Culture Programme (RMCBU) took place in a small Georgian town of Kachreti between 29-31 May 2014. This final Workshop hosted representatives of six grant projects with 30 months duration, in particular, Caucasus Cultural Initiatives Network (CAUCULT), Directors Across Borders (DAB), Equal Opportunities for National Minorities and Disadvantaged Groups in Realising Cultural Rights: Richness through Diversity, Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues, Sustainable Development of Local Communities through the Actualisation of the Cultural Heritage, and Sustainable Public Areas for Culture in Eastern Countries (SPACES), as well as over 50 representatives of project beneficiaries, stakeholders, Ministries of Culture of Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, and representatives of local and regional authorities and NGOs.

Armenian Authors Work on Regional Learning Materials

On 25-28 May 2014, Dean Smart (United Kingdom) and Olha Pedan-Slyepukhina (Ukraine) revisited Yerevan to follow-up their spring meeting with the authors in Armenia. They worked individually with the authors on their thematic modules for the Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues publication. This final step in the authors’ support process will lead to the pre-final versions of the modules, which will be reviewed during the final editing meeting in Chisinau, Moldova, in the beginning of July.

Early Spring Mission of “Sharing History” Mentors to Yerevan

Between 7-10 March 2014, Dean Smart (United Kingdom), Olha Pedan-Slyepukhina (Ukraine), Tsira Chikvaidze (Georgia) hereby as referred as the mentors to the authors in Armenia, and Project Manager Steven Stegers undertook a visit to Yerevan to support the authors in Armenia to improve their educational modules before the April Editing Meeting of Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues (SHCD) project in Ohrid (Republic of Macedonia).

During the visit, the mentors were actively engaged in working individually with the authors and sharing their oral and written remarks on each module.  In the course of this visit, the EUROCLIO took the initiative to organize a workshop on Active Learning in History and Cultural Education in partnership with AAHE-Armenian Association of History Educators, CIVITAS Armenia and DVV Armenia on 9 March 2014. The workshop was participated by 30 History, Heritage and Cultural educators in Armenia. As a part of this workshop, Dean Smart, Senior Lecturer History and Citizenship Education, University of the West of England gave a workshop on active learning methods, and Ashot Yeghiazaryan, Civitas Armenia, Teacher and Head of Methodological Unit in Physics Mathematical Special School presented the results of the project of CIVITAS Armenia on political culture. At the end of the workshop, the educators also received more detailed information on the standards and requirements of the educational material of SHCD project and were welcomed to contribute with more new module ideas if interested.

The visit in overall positively influenced on broadening the network of educators in Armenia, and strengthening the partnership with new institutions working in the field of education and culture in Armenia.

For questions, contact Aysel Gojayeva.

“Sharing History” Project Editors Convene in Ohrid

Between 29 March-5 April, the editors team of Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues (SHCD) project met in Ohrid (Republic of Macedonia) to share relevant information (including what is promised in the project proposal, research done within the project, and practices from other EUROCLIO programmes) that helps with the editing process. At least five modules from all countries were reviewed and edited, local editors were provided with clear instructions on working to technical standards and final decisions were made on further steps in the editing procedure. Also agreed upon was copyright policy, the terms and conditions of local editing and the parameters of map standards and the source gallery. The 2nd Editing meeting was embedded in the 21st EUROCLIO Annual Conference ‘History Educational beyond Borders. How we can Share our Cultural Heritage’. In parallel to the editing meeting, the Editors found the opportunity to participate in the biggest EUROCLIO international professional development and training course very valuable for their professional development and international experience. In overall, the editing meeting succeeded to achieve the meeting aims, and resulted in the concrete updates in time-plan of the project on the editing stage. The 3rd Editing meeting of SHCD project is planned to take place in the beginning of July in Chisinau.