Core team members Khaled El Masri (Lebanese Association for History) and Michael Robinson (Facing History and Ourselves) will represent the Dealing With the Past project in a study visit to Cape Town, South Africa. The aim of the visits is to interview civil society actors, teachers and students to find out about the practical challenges related to dealing with conflicting memories and narratives, dealing with emotional and difficult histories, dealing with uncertainties and sensitivities in order to document collected practices and practical recommendations in the form of a blog post and a report based on the findings from this data gathering that can be used for advocacy on global, regional, and national levels.
The study visit is co-organised by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. During the visit itself, El Masri and Robinson will meet with several NGOs, museum educators, and government officials. In addition, the two will attend history classes and discuss and interview students and history educators.
The International Center for Transitional Justice‘s Children and Youth Program, in collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves and Shikaya, has published a an illustrated booklet titled “Learning from our Past”. The booklet is the result of long term project in support of Kenya’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission. The publication aims to build a platform for young Kenyans to learn about past violence and discuss justice, democracy, and their role as Kenyan citizens. You can find the final version of the document as well as discussion on its contents here.
Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.
Facing History aims to do this by offering a wide array of innovative online courses on history and remembrance. One such course, is the recommendable ‘Introduction to Facing History and Ourselves: Judgment, Memory, and Legacy’, the next part of which will go online on 3 February 2016. For more information about the full array of courses, as well as course starting dates and details of webinars, please visit Facing History’s event page.