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.
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.
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.