From 21 until 27 June the second international Georg Arnhold Summer School on Education for Sustainable Peace took place in Braunschweig, Germany. The summer school was organized by the Georg Eckert Institute [www.gei.de] in partnership with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) on the theme of “Transitional Justice and Education: Engaging Children and Youth in Justice and Peacebuilding through Educational Media, Curricula and Outreach”. EUROCLIO Project Manager Judith Geerling participated in the summer school that brought together 20 participants – combining civil society practitioners and researchers that were coming from all over the world to present their research and work on the theme. She discussed the specific role of history education for sustainable peace and transitional justice processes, and presented the work of EUROCLIO, specifically the History that Connects Programme in the Balkans, and established useful contacts for future cooperation.
Thanks to the generous and kind involvement of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Kingdom of Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Open Society Foundations Education Support Programme, the Georg Eckert Institute and the OSCE Mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina, History Educators from across South East Europe are able to fully participate at the EUROCLIO Annual Conference 2014 in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia entitled “History Education beyond Borders. How can we share our cultural heritage?”. EUROCLIO would like to thank these institutions for promoting the value of capacity building and peer learning among History Educators.
On 2-7 December 2013, EUROCLIO participated in the Seminar “International Comparison of Textbook Content Design” held at Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI) in Braunschweig, Germany. The event brought together 20 history educators, textbook authors, and education experts from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, as well as international research fellows at GEI.
EUROCLIO was represented at the event by Director Jonathan Even-Zohar and Trainee Sven Mörsdorf. EUROCLIO member Besnik Emini, Vice-president of ANIM (Association of History Educators in Macedonia), held an active workshop on using multi-perspectivity in teaching controversial and sensitive history, and also presented the History that Connects the Western Balkans programme.
The seminar provided a unique opportunity to discuss and compare a variety of important influences on history education in the region, e.g. the realities of textbook authorship, the requirements of different curricula and the state of their implementation, and good practices for creating and using innovative teaching materials and learning activities.