On April 8, 2016, the newly established Danish National Center of Excellence for the Dissemination of History and Cultural Heritage held its first major conference at the National Museum, Copenhagen. The theme of the conference was: Migration Past and Present - Collapse or Enrichment? Around 50 history and cultural heritage educators from primary to high school education as teacher training institutions attended to the conference that included lectures, workshops, and debates on migration between Members of the Parliament. EuroClio Ambassador Benny Christensen gave a presentation on European History Education initiatives. He presented the Council of Europe Project 'Educating for Diversity and Democracy: Teaching History in Contemporary Europe'that will be launched at a regional seminar in Tallinn, Estonia on June 1-2, 2016. Benny Christensen spoke about the Paris Declaration of EU Education Minister of 2015 leading to the EuroClio Helsingor Declaration April 22, 2015, and he presented the EuroClio input to the European Parliament that is expected to yield project opportunities shortly inside the theme of the conference.
Sports and Education
Football, the most favorite sport of Europe is now more than 150 years old and it has been an important witness of the 20th century history, so there is no wonder why EuroClio is willing to use sports history in the classroom. The history of local football clubs is a great way to build an European wide educational module which connects local sport history to European events and processes through history .
Aim of the Project
The project Football: a people’s history of Europe shows that football clubs all over Europe have their own local history but also operate on international level, it illuminates the relevance of local histories, memories and legacies as well as the connection between the local and the global. Football can teach students the knowledge needed it of local histories to really understand the global history because local and global history are interconnected with each other. By including football in history education, we can include cultural identities that are seen as not important into official school curricula. Six themes will form this project: gender, extremist, conflict, identity, diversity, migration and politics.
The kick-off meeting took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland on the 23th of March 2016. It was the first time that all interested partners were together to discuss the framework and ideas of this projects. The partners, for now are: EuroClio, British Council/Big Ideas Company and the Anne Frank Foundation. In the near future we will find more partners and contacts for this project, set up more meetings and set up the first pilot event in cooperation with Eintracht Franfurt Museum.