Georgian-German Summer School on Mass Graves held in Tbilisi

From the 14th to the 23rd of September DVV-International has – in cooperation with the German foundations Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur and Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge– conducted a Georgian-German summer school in Tbilisi dealing with the topic “Stalin era mass graves”.

Twenty students from Georgia and Germany accompanied by several experts from both countries – among them Dr. Ulrich Mählert, head of the academic sector of the Bundesstiftung, and well-known Prof. Dr. Jörg Baberowski from the Humboldt University in Berlin – met in Georgia’s capital to discuss the problems and challenges which the Georgian society has to face – as soon as any mass graves are found on Georgian ground. The mixture of sophisticated lectures, joint trips around the city and to presumably sites of mass graves as well as the collective gathering around Georgian food and wine helped to create a fruitful atmosphere of mutual exchange of knowledge and opinions between the students of both countries.

Educators Across Europe Bridge Histories in Bazaleti

From 28-29 November 2014 DVV International, GAHE, the Georgian Association of History Educators and EUROCLIO, the European Association of History Educators jointly organized a regional conference on “Responsible History – Different Ways of Dealing with the Past” in Bazaleti, Georgia. This conference was a part of ‘Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues’ project. The conference was attended by more than 70 education experts and stakeholders from 12 different countries. The conference aimed to encourage the creation of a platform for dialogue and cooperation among educators, policy makers, and stakeholders from different sectors. The programme featured presentations and discussions on various related topics, facilitated opportunities to network and form new partnerships, thematic workshops on teaching methodologies and innovative learning materials, and on-site learning.
One of the main messages of the conference was that the non-formal and formal history educations sectors need to work in collaboration which would stimulate an intensified dialogue. The participants stressed the importance of further developing and strengthening this platform, and maintain long term influence and cooperation on different levels. The conference will lead to the declaration reflecting the thoughts of the participants which will be available on the partner organisation’s websites. This declaration aims at increasing the awareness of different actors related to responsible history on significance of working together with different relevant actors and invite them to join the synergy.

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.