At the end of February and the beginning of March, the first three mentoring meetings of the Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues project took place in Baku (Azerbaijan), Tbilisi (Georgia), and Chisinau (Moldova). The work sessions invited the authors of the different thematic modules, who are now finalizing their contributions to the publication, to get additional feedback and support. For this important step in the editorial process, mentors Tamara Eidelman (Russia), Iryna Kostyuk (Ukraine), and Mare Oja (Estonia) intensively reviewed the work of the previous months and met with the authors to discuss how to refine the materials even more. Together with the Azerbaijani, Georgian, and Moldovan authors, the mentors reviewed 18 modules which will form part of a coherent publication with innovative and ready-to-use content. The mentoring process will continue with a similar visit to Armenia during the second weekend of March.
On 14 January Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues project coordinators met with Wim van Meurs (Radboud University Nijmegen), who was proposed as External Reviewer for the educational resources of the project. He showed a positive interest in the project, and accepted the proposal. His experience with and understanding of history teaching in the region will contribute to the development of a successful publication. He will review the final publication of the project and assist with issues of historical sensitivity, where necessary. EUROCLIO is delighted to have him on board in the project.
On 7 December, 5 Members of the Steering Committee of ‘Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues’ project gathered together in Istanbul and broadly discussed project achievements and challenges since the 1st year of the project, and share their expertise on how to further develop the content, network, and support possibilities.
The meeting brought a lot of valuable recommendations on how to act best to overcome the foreseen challenges in the final year, how to strengthen the wider impact of the project in the project countries during and after the end of the project. Moreover, the Members of the Steering Committee shared their recommendations on the candidates for the external reviewer of the project publication which will be taken upon by the project management team.
Steering Committee Members expressed their content with the fruitful outcomes of the meeting and congratulated the project managed team on professional and successful management of a very challenging and big project so far and expressed their willingness to support the project management team within their relevant expertise and resources.
The location and dates of the final Steering Committee Meeting will be decided in 2014.
For more questions about the meeting, contact Aysel Gojayeva.
The first national seminar within the project ‘Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues. Innovating History Education in the Black Sea Region’, addressed to history teachers from the Republic of Armenia, took place on 23rd March 2013 at the Yerevan State University. The trainings were organized by the Armenian Association of History Educators (AAHE) in partnership with EUROCLIO, with an attendance of 42 teachers from the all regions of Armenia. The participants were involved in active workshops, based on the experience of history teachers and trainers from Georgia and Armenia. On the long run working tasks for the national group were established according to the aims and objectives of the project. This training session resulted to be very effective both as for their teaching skills and for the Project’s further planning. Besides, the participation of international trainers as well as University professors was very useful for exchanging experience and developing skills.
On March 4th, EUROCLIO Senior Manager Steven Stegers visited the North South Center of the Council of Europe to help with the preparation of the Workshop Intercultural Dialogue through History Teaching. This workshop will be part of the 2nd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue that will be held from May 29 to June 1, 2013 in Baku. Azerbaijan organises the world forum in partnership with UNESCO, UN Alliance of Civilizations, UN World Tourism Organization, Council of Europe, the CoE North-South Center and ISESCO.
More information about the Forum can be found here.
From the 3rd to the 7th of October, 52 history, heritage and citizenship educators from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine as well as trainers from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, The Netherlands, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine came together in the first regional seminar of ‘Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues. Innovating History Education in the Black Sea Region’ project in Lviv (Ukraine). The First Regional Seminar of the project was co-organised by EUROCLIO, the European Association of History Educators in partnership with Armenian Association of History Educators (AAHE), Public Union of Azerbaijan History Educators (PUAHE), Georgian Association of History Educators (GAHE), The National Association of Young Historians of Moldova (ANTIM) and All-Ukrainian Association of Teachers of History, Civic Education and Social Studies in Ukraine (NOVA DOBA).
During 4 days, the participants got closer acquainted with the programme, aims and expected outcomes of this seminar, actively participated in the workshops by professional trainers from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, The Netherlands, Turkey, Russia and Ukraine, worked in the national and regional groups, reflected together on the themes, topics, methods and prioritized the themes that they would like to include into the educational material.
Lviv, Ukraine on 4-7 October 2012
EUROCLIO Coordinators are planning the 1st Regional Seminar of ‘Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues’ Project. This seminar aims at reaching an agreement on the parameters for the common publication based on input from the round-table discussions, trainings and reflections during the seminar, building on experience from key people from previous projects and transfer key elements learned to the Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues themes, discussing and reflect on innovative methodologies and identify historical themes and topic related to culture that are relevant across the project countries, plan the work of the next semester of the project. The seminar will be attended by 49 participants from 5 project countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine), EUROCLIO Coordinators, as well as International Trainers from Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Balkans. The programme of the seminar is filled with a number of active workshops, project presentations, ice-breaking activity, On-site Learning activities etc.
The first Regional Seminar of ‘Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues’ Project is organized by EUROCLIO in close cooperation with All-Ukrainian Association of Teachers of History, Civic Education and Social Studies in Ukraine (NOVA DOBA). This seminar aims at agreeing on the parameters for the common publication of the project based on input from the round-table discussions, trainings and reflections during the seminar, building on experiences from key people from previous projects and transferring key elements learned to the Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues themes, discussing and reflecting on innovative methodologies and identifying historical themes and topic related to culture that are relevant across the project countries and finally planning the work of the next semester. The seminar will be attended by around 50 History Teachers from Project countries such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The programme of the seminar is filled with active workshop, trainings, panel presentations, round-table discussions which aim at sharing experiences from previous EUROCLIO Projects, deciding on a common framework, gathering inputs of all seminar participants. The participants will also get a chance to discover culture and history of a beautiful medieval city of Lviv during the programme. For more information about this visit and the project contact Aysel Gojayeva.
On the 10th of October, Georgian Association of History Educators (GAHE) in close cooperation with EUROCLIO, European Association of History Educators organized a workshop on New Approaches in History Teaching and Cultural Education in Georgia in the Classical Gymnasium of Tbilisi. Ian Phillips from Edge Hill University in the United Kingdom has been invited to this workshop as the international trainer. The workshop has been attended by 40 participants. The opening remarks in the training were made by Oliver Reisner from EC Delegation to Georgia, Nana Tsikhistavi, President, Georgian Association of History Educators and Steven Stegers, Project Manager. Participants have been widely introduced to the project by Steven Stegers as well as by the country coordinators in Georgia. Followed with the introduction of the project, Ian Phillips gave his workshop on critical thinking, skills and history. As a result of this workshop participant group have been trained in critical thinking skills, were deeply informed about parameters for developing 6 educational modules in Georgia (themes, structure, methodology – focused on developing skills, critical thinking, ability to Inquire/research, promoting positive values and attitude; students age- 14-16 year olds; period: End of 19th Century – Present).
For more information about this project contact Aysel Gojayeva (Project Coordinator).
EUROCLIO Senior Managers Steven Stegers and Blandine Smilansky just returned from a very intensive week in Moldova. This visit took place in the framework Sharing History, Cultural Dialogue, a regional initiative in which EUROCLIO member ANTIM (Association of Young Historians of Moldova) is participating together with partners in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine. During the visit, EUROCLIO project coordinator and reporter were able to gather a lot of input from various stakeholders in the field of history education in Moldova. Thanks to the professionalism of their local partner ANTIM and dedication of its President Sergiu Musteata, they had in-depth interviews with students, teachers, school headmasters, teacher trainers and training centers directors, as well as the Minister of Education of Moldova and her staff dealing with history education. The week ended with a very active training Seminar for teachers at the State Pedagogical University in Chisinau, to which Mare Oja from Estonia and Benny Christensen from Denmark contributed. The Seminar was attended by over 80 history educators from across the country. An Event Report is available below, and a Special Report presenting the findings of this exploratory visit will be published before the end of 2012.