EUROCLIO is happy to announce that nine new members were accepted into the EUROCLIO family at the General Assembly in Marseille.
Six new organisations have become Associate Members: Holocaust Education Trust Ireland (HETI), the Gernika Peace Museum Foundation from Basque Country, Spain, the Cambridge International School of Tunis, the St. Petersburg Academy of In-Service Pedagogical Education, the Centre for Education and Innovations from Slovakia, and the history department of Hamburg University. According to the EUROCLIO governance structure, Associate Members play a role in network consultations to help set priorities for project fundraising and for the development of educational materials, but do not vote in General Assemblies.
Three new organisations were accepted as Full Members: the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, the Swedish History Teachers’ Association, and the Association for History Education in Greece. In addition, one organisation which had previously held membership as an Associate Member has now been accepted as a Full Member: Education for the 21st Century from Serbia. Full Members have the same participatory rights and responsibilities as Associate Members, and are allowed to vote during the General Assembly.
We at EUROCLIO would like to re-welcome Education for the 21st Century, whose partnership we look forward to continuing, and extend our warmest welcome to the newest members of the EUROCLIO community!
At the General Assembly 2018 in Marseille, France, Lóa Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir formally stepped down as President of the Board. Mrs. Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir was elected to the Board in 2012, and held positions on the membership committee and as Vice-President, before finally becoming President of the Board in 2016. In the past, she has been involved as a contributor to the web application initiative Historiana – Your Tool to the Past on rights and responsibilities.
“EUROCLIO has benefited immeasurably from her knowledge and guidance over the years, and is grateful for all her commitment and dedication,” Steven Stegers, Acting Executive Director, stated in Marseille. “We wish her all the best and look forward to continuing to work with her as an Ambassador of EUROCLIO.”
EUROCLIO is excited to welcome Mire Mladenovski as the new President of the Board. Having been elected as a Board Member in 2013, Mr. Mladenovski served as its Treasurer for four years, and has shown undying support for numerous EUROCLIO projects, most notably serving as an editor for Historiana. In addition to his work with EUROCLIO, he is one of the founders and current President of the ANIM (History Teachers Association of Macedonia), as well as having co-authored and edited supplementary teaching material for secondary school history curricula, such as Understanding a Shared Past, Learning for the Future and Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Country.
The EUROCLIO Board of Members is now composed of Mire Mladenosvki as President, Paolo Ceccoli as Vice-President, Riitta Mikkola as Treasurer, Sinéad Fitzsimons as Secretary, and Frank van den Akker as Board Member. EUROCLIO looks forward to a productive term under their leadership.
During the General Assembly, held at the 23rd EUROCLIO Annual Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, EUROCLIO member organizations elected two new board members. Sinead Fitzsimons was elected board member, while Frank van den Akker was elected financial advisor to the Board. The Association bids farewell to president Marjan de Groot-Reuvekamp, secretary Semih Aktekin, Peder Wiben and financial advisor Erwin Capitain. The Board, in its new composition, elected Lóa Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir as president. Mire Mladenovski was elected vice president, while he also retains his position as treasurer. Paolo Ceccoli now holds the position of secretary, and Riitta Mikkola retains her position as board member.
On behalf of the EUROCLIO family we would like to sincerely thank the outgoing board members for their tremendous efforts and for the important work they have done over the past years! – EUROCLIO Director Jonathan Even-Zohar
New member organizations
In addition to new board members, the General Assembly also approved the application for membership of The School of Creative Teachers and Education for the 21st Century. EUROCLIO is looking forward to establishing a solid cooperation between EUROCLIO, its member organizations and these two new members.
On the 22nd of September, EUROCLIO was present in Brussels to discuss new possibilities of cooperation with several organizations in civil society. Productive talks were had with eTwinning, as well as with EEA Grants/Norway Grants. These talks were productive and fostered possible future cooperation. Furthermore, EUROCLIO was present at the General Assembly of EUCIS-LLL, which agreed on a new logo and official new title, which from now on is “LifeLong Learning Platform“. This was then concluded with an opportunity to discuss further matters of the role of education in European policy making as well as the role of civil society in promoting a stronger focus on education in Europe. To strengthen the event, several European Members of Parliament were present, of which Sirpa Pietikäinen (Finland), led the discussion which followed the G.A. Also present at the G.A. was Jon Hamer, who shared his vision of the importance of history education in promoting democratic citizenship.