Over 100 Teachers Trained on “Teaching Europe” in Cyprus, Finland, Spain, Czech Republic and Portugal

As part of the Decisions and Dilemmas 3: making learning about the EU motivating and meaningful project, EuroClio member associations in Cyprus, Finland, Spain, Czech Republic and Portugal organised their national events. The events each contained plenary sessions on the project, and the research results of the Teaching Europe research, and workshop sessions focused on teaching about the EU. Materials from the Historiana unit Changing Europe were translated to the local language and used for workshops. The translated materials will become available online after the summer.

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Each association has chosen an angle to the topic that is most relevant for their country context, and invited local speakers and/or workshop hosts. In addition, one of the trainers of another project country joined the event to provide a workshop with one of the Changing Europe materials. More detailed reports on each of the national events will be published on the project page in August.

Learning about the European Union in the Heart of Europe: Final Team Meeting within the Decision and Dilemma 2 project in Budapest.

From 18-20 November 2016 the Decisions and Dilemmas 2 development team had a successful meeting in Budapest, Hungary to work on finalizing their series of learning activities on the European Union through the lens of contemporary issues. The focus in the lessons are related to economic imbalances, energy dependency, trade in global context, the EU as a potential global power and opening Europe’s borders for people. The team also agreed on the details of the workshops during the Annual Conference in San Sebastian/Donostia from 2-7 April 2017 where the final material will be piloted with teachers from all across Europe.

At the same time the historical content team progressed work on World War 2 and the Cold War.

“Ready to Reach Out”: discussing the digitisation of cultural heritage at the NL EU Presidency in Amsterdam

On 29 June 2016, EuroClio Programme Director Steven Stegers had the opportunity to moderate a subsession during “Ready to reach out: Conference on Digitisation of Cultural Heritage”, a two day-conference that was held for the occasion of the presidency of the Netherlands of the European Union during the first half year of 2016. The conference took place in the building of the Netherlands EU Presidency in Amsterdam.

The conference was attended by 250 international participants from sectors as digitisation, culture and heritage, educators and representatives from the tourism sector, EU institutions and EU member states and was organised by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The central topic of the conference was connecting cultural heritage collections and serving wider audiences.

During the subsession that focused on “Making it Visible within Cultural Education”, Steven posed the central question of what can be done to make more and better use of digital heritage in education. There is a lot of digital material available from an increasing amount of cultural institutes throughout Europe, but the material does not reach the students in the classroom. In his opening remarks, Steven stated that it is crucial that high-quality material is selected and made available for educators. The next step is that tools are made available: tools that are free to use and easily understandable for educators. With this, the potential of students rising above possessing knowledge through acquiring competencies increases.

During the rest of the session, attention was given to the questions how ICT can improve the teaching and learning of history, why archives make students think, how cultural institutions can work together, and how the various archives can be combined in one portal. Practical examples and explanations were given by the various speakers.

For a full report on the conference, have a look at the “Ready to Reach Out” report. All parts of the conference are explained and you can read more about the session about visibility in cultural education in the report. EuroClio would like to thank the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science for offering the opportunity to discuss with such a varied audience the possibilities, shortcomings and challenges of digitisation of cultural heritage.

Call for External Evaluation of the EU funded Project “Divided Past, Joint Future”

For the new Project Divided Past, Joint Future – EuroClio is one of the partners – we are inviting  interested candidates to apply for the external evaluation. The project consortium involves multiple CSOs, research institutes, foundations, a resource center, Erasmus NAs and 25 associated business partners.

Divided Past, Joint Future is a long running Project (48 months) in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The ultimate project goal is to create a platform for a strong civil society, that is ready and resourceful to be a main actor in peace and reconciliation policy. Through this CSOs can contribute more to the security and stability of the region in the process of EU integration.

The potential candidates should have at least 3 year evaluation experience and in their application they should demonstrate that they have a sound knowledge and understanding of peace and reconciliation policy in the Western Balkans and Turkey as well as the existence of critical approach to this process on national level. A candidate should also have excellent knowledge of the English language and one of the Western Balkan languages (see PDF document) or Turkish.

The Evaluator will be requested to construct an Evaluation Plan, write the Interim Evaluation Report and eventually produce a Final Evaluation Report in the beginning of 2020.

Our Project allows for a maximum contract price of 20.000 euros. However this tender is transparent, fair and based on principles of equal treatment, which also means candidates are able propose different financial offers according to their own estimated costs.

The application deadline is 9 May 2016. You can send your application to the Youth Communciation Center in Banja Luka. The address can be found in the PDF-document. Selection procedure will be finished around 13 May 2016.

For more information about the project and the external evaluation please download the PDF below.

EuroClio Members from all 28 EU Countries Discuss “Teaching Europe”

From 25 until 27 September 2015, 30 history and citizenship educators, representing Member organisations from all EU-countries met at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona for the first meeting of the project “Teaching ‘Europe’ to enhance EU cohesion: European Integration as a subject of study in secondary school education in the 28 member states”. The overall aim of the project is to improve the way in which teaching and learning about the EU is taking place and is coordinated by professor Fernando Guirao from Pompeu Fabra University in partnership with EuroClio. The research results will be compiled into a research report with a comparative analysis and country case studies and is expected in September 2016.

During the meeting the team discussed their research results of 2 history books for the final 2 years of compulsory education in their country, looking into communalities and differences in approach, number of pages and integration in the national historical narrative. Vadim Oswalt from Giessen University gave a workshop in which he explained his transnational research on history maps in 36 countries and showed methods how to interpret maps. The next phase in the project is the research of 2 textbooks for another social science subject. These results will be discussed during the next meeting, which will coincide with the training seminar for the Decisions and Dilemmas project from 12-15 February. For more information on the project please contact Steven Stegers (steven@euroclio.eu).

Peace Palace Library welcomes New Model of Democracy

Celebrating International Democracy Day on the 15th of September, the Peace Palace Library took pleasure in announcing the emergence of a new model of democracy. Guest blogger Jaap Hoeksma continued his series of blogs about the European Union by submitting that the EU has overcome the deadlock in the debate about its future. He argues that, from a citizens’ point of view, the aim of the EU is neither to become a sovereign State of Europe nor to form a Europe of sovereign States, but rather to function as a European democracy.

EuroClio starts new partner project for Historiana

Europeana Creative is a project funded by the European Union and coordinated by the Austrian National Library with EuroClio as a partner organisation. The project aims to support and promote the re-use of cultural resources that are made available via Europeana – a website that provides access to digital resources of Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. Europeana Creative will stimulate the use of this wealth of digitised material by creative industries active in Design, History Education, Natural History Education, Social Media and Tourism.

Within Europeana Creative, EuroClio and WEBtic will work together to develop innovative online learning activities, making use of Europeana content and services. A group of history educators from Europe and beyond will be actively involved in the development and testing of the online learning activities. The results of this pilot will be integrated in and disseminated via the Historiana website, the EuroClio on-line educational multimedia tool that offers students (aged 14 and older) an ever-growing number of multi-perspective sources, comparative case studies, and innovative teaching material developed by EuroClio and WEBtic.
The project will be implemented from 1 February 2013 until 31 July 2015 in partnership with a unique mix of archives, museums, NGO’s, webdevelopers and other creative industries from 14 different countries.

Contact steven@euroclio.eu for more Information