Third Capacity Building and Curriculum Workshop in Veles Macedonia

The third Capacity Building and Curriculum Workshop within the EUROCLIO/OSI/UNAOC Program “History that Connects – How to teach sensitive Topics in Macedonia” will be held in Veles, Macedonia, 27-29 June 2012. Representatives from Kosovo and Serbia, as well as international experts from Ukraine and Scotland will actively engage during the workshop. The workshop is co-organized with the History Teachers Association of Macedonia (HTAM), and aims to:·

Present and discuss concrete examples of Integrated History Education in Macedonia, strengthen the

organisational and networking capacity of the Association of History Educators in Macedonia ·

Finalise the practitioners input into the action research report, supported by the Minister of Education of Macedonia, into challenges and solutions for Integrated History Education in Macedonia

Share experiences and challenges for international Education from Serbia, Scotland, UK and Ukraine

Strengthen the connections between different stakeholders in History Education

Bring together History Educators from different regions of Macedonia and activate the Association National Network.

A draft programma can be found here below. For more information please contact Jonathan Even-Zohar or Mirjam Zeilmaker, organizers from EUROCLIO·

Fifth Regional Authors and Experts Work Session

The Fifth Regional Seminar within the EUROCLIO/Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs/OSI Programme “History that Connects. How to teach sensitive and controversial issues in the countries of Former Yugoslavia” will be held in Veles, Macedonia, 29 June – 1 July 2012.

As the date of the event approaches, EUROCLIO’s efforts to increase international awareness for the programme seem to be paying off. At the moment, over 30 participants from 9 different countries will be participating in the event. Representatives from all Former Yugoslavia, as well as a contributors from Switzerland and representatives from Kultur Kontakt will actively engage during the seminar.

The seminar is co-organised with the History Teachers Association of Macedonia, and will focus on further development of Educational Material.

In case you would like more information about the programme or the project, feel free to contact Jonathan Even-Zohar at jonathan@euroclio.eu and Mirjam Zeilmaker at mirjam@euroclio.eu

 

Pula, Croatia: Fourth Regional Work Session – Report Available

From the 1st until the 4th of March 2012 the fourth Regional Work Session in the EUROCLIO Programme History that Connects – How to teach sensitive and controversial history in the countries of Former Yugoslavia took place in Pula, Croatia. The History Teachers Associations from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia participated actively in the event. They were joined by observers, representing the EUROCLIO Member Associations in Turkey, Italy and Switzerland. Moreover, several representatives of the Istrian History Society also attended the meeting. Seven new draft teaching modules were presented by the different History Teachers Associations, and the tewnty-two existing modules were peer-reviewed by the participants, observers and experts. Overall, the meeting was successful in reaching its aims, as well as it created fertile soil for debates, capacity building and engagement across borders. In total 46 people from 12 different countries participated in the event.

Belgrade, Serbia: UN Alliance of Civilisations discusses future Action Plan for South East Europe

The EUROCLIO Programme History that Connects. How to teach sensitive and controversial history in the countries of former Yugoslavia, has been included in the Action Plan of the UN Alliance of Civilisations for South East Europe since 2010 as one of the key proejcts in the field of Dealing with the Past to Build a Better Future – The role of Teaching History. Following this, EUROCLIO had obtained funding from the Kingdom of Norway – Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Western Balkans Unit and the Open Society Foundations Education Support Programme in order to start running this programme. The UN Alliance of Civilisation now convened a meeting in Belgrade in order to prepare the continuation of the Action Plan 2012-2014. Representatives of Ministries of Foreign Affairs were participating as well as specific focal points to assess the progress made since the regional meeting in Sarajevo in 2009. Actions identified at that forum were presented in the UNAOC Forum in Rio de Janeiro. At 31st May and June 1 there will be a meeting in Istanbul, where important projects should be shown and adressed. One of the panels at the meeting was about this specific area. Participants included Professor Marko Suica, Assistant Professor University of Belgrade, Robert Kozma, Grupa484 and EUROCLIO Manager Jonathan Even-Zohar. The panel was chaired by Titiana Milko, Head of the History Teaching Division of the Council of Europe. History Teaching was again seen as a key issue for the UNAOC and South East Europe, and EUROCLIO’s work with History Teachers Associations in former Yugoslavia is seen as a key implementer of the new strategy.

Pristina, Kosovo: EUROCLIO explores new projects

Between 24-27 April, EUROCLIO Senior Manager Jonathan Even-Zohar, accompanied by the Vice-President of the Association of History Educators in Macedonia, Mr Besnik Emini, had a series of meeting in Pristina to find out if EUROCLIO could organise a new project in Kosovo – under the umbrella Programme History that Connects – How to teach sensitive and controversial history in the countries of former Yugoslavia. Mr Arber Salihu and Ms Donika Xhemajli, who have founded the Association of History Teachers in Kosovo very warmly hosted the delegation and made sure a full programme with relevant meetings was set up. Amongst many others, the delegation met Mr Usmen Baldzi, the Deputy-Minister of Education, Science and Technology, and with Mr Rame Vataj, Chair of the Education Committee of the Kosovo Assembly. Both expressed a clear positive awareness of the work of EUROCLIO and wished very much for new projects to be implemented. In order to gather a better understanding of current donor programmes involving history education, the delegation met with Ms Sophie Beaumont at the EU Delegation, who shared a manifold of relevant contacts, ideas and projects. Similar meetings were held with the Missions/Offices of USAID, British Council and OSCE. All resulted in positive new information. In the coming time, EUROCLIO and the Association of History Teachers in Kosovo will work to gather the required support to organise a new project in Kosovo. For more information, please contact Jonathan Even-Zohar at jonathan@euroclio.eu

Istanbul, Turkey: Developing History Teaching Material on 1900-1945 takes big steps forward

On 28-30 April, the Country Coordinators of the EUROCLIO Programme History that Connects, met for two intensive days of thinking together about the next steps, in Istanbul, Turkey. On Saturday the 28th of April, during the first meeting, a discussion took place focusing on the next steps regarding the modules in development. It was decided that that all of the modules can be divided into four different categories according to theme. These four thematic categories are Assassinations & ResistanceEconomy, Everyday Life and Civil Wars. Furthermore, it was also decided that at the next seminar in Macedonia, the participants will be divided into groups of two (from different countries), with each group assigned to one module. On Sunday, the focus shifted to the more practical aspect of the meeting – assessing the work done so far in relation to the modules under development. Each participant was given a chance to show their progress since the last seminar (Pula) after which they would receive positive criticism and constructive suggestions about their modules. It was agreed that, due to the regional nature of these modules, the participants would provide their help when it comes to accessing archives of their country by colleagues from other countries. Throughout these two days, the participants generally showed a great deal of enthusiasm for the project as well as the motivation to work hard to produce quality material.

EUROCLIO First Exploratory visit to Kosovo

Within the framework of the EUROCLIO Programme History that Connects – How to teach Sensitive and Controversial History in the countries of former Yugoslavia, one of the main aims is to involve more History Educators in Kosovo into the regional work. Thus from 24 -26 April 2012, Senior Manager Jonathan Even-Zohar, along with Mr Besnik Emini (Vice-President of the History Teachers Association of Macedonia, ANIM) will go to Pristina. A wide variety of activities will take place, including lobby and network meetings with representatives of USAID, OSCE, EU and several embassies, but also collaboration meetings and talk with University, Museum and School Heads and official of Ministry of Culture and Education. The exploratory visit is hosted by leading representatives of the History Teachers Association of Kosovo, Ms Donika Xhemalji and Mr Arber Salihu.

Third Country Coordinators Meeting from former Yugoslavia in Istanbul

On28-29 April, the Country Coordinators from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia will convene in Istanbul. After the last Regional Work Session that took place in Pula on 1-4 March, they will meet in order to further the framework of the educational material that is under development, and work to prepare the proceedings of the 5th (and final) regional work session, which will take place in the end of June in Veles, Macedonia.

Second Capacity Building and Curriculum Workshop in Stip, Macedonia

The second Capacity Building and Curriculum Workshop within the EUROCLIO/OSI/UNAOC Program “History that Connects – How to teach sensitive Topics in Macedonia” will be held in Stip, Macedonia, 20-22 April 2012. Representatives from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, as well as contributors from The Netherlands and Turkey will actively engage during the workshop. The workshop is co-organized with the History Teachers Association of Macedonia (HTAM), and aims at:·

* To strengthen the organisational and networking capacity of the Association of History Educators in Macedonia

* To present and discuss concrete examples of Integrated History Education in Macedonia

* To continue the research, supported by the Minister of Education of Macedonia, into challenges and solutions for Integrated History Education in Macedonia

* To share experiences and challenges for international Education from UNICEF and the Turkish Association of History Educators.

* To strengthen the connections between different stakeholders in History Education

* To share and reflect on different experiences from the region under the umbrella of EUROCLIO

* To bring together History Educators from different regions of Macedonia and activate the Association National Network.

Furthermore, the Workshop will be a good opportunity to network, to build the capacity of the Albanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek and Turkish History Teachers Associations, as well as the overall regional capacity and the capacity of individual professionals and to present the current state of history education issues of the countries of Former Yugoslavia. For more information please contact Jonathan Even-Zohar or Mirjam Zeilmaker, organizers from EUROCLIO.

History Teachers in Macedonia actively reconsider the State of History Education in their country and region

During one of the coldest weekends of this winter, 36 History Educators, mostly from the Western part of the Republic of Macedonia, met in Ohrid for the first Capacity Building and Curriculum Assessment Workshop in the EUROCLIO/Belgium Ministry of Foreign Affairs project History that Connects – Republic of Macedonia. The workshop aimed to strengthen the organizational and networking capacity of the Association of History Educators in Macedonia ANIM. This was achieved by having a series of group discussions about strategies forward for the Association. It was very helpful that valuable expertise from Finland and Estonia (both of them like Republic of Macedonia, also multi-lingual countries) could be shared by the trainers and association activists Ms Mare Oja (Estonian Association of History Educators) and Riitta Mikkola (HYOL – Finnish Association of History and Social Studies Teachers). They also gave insightful and active workshops about sensitive history and multiperspectivity. Observers from the Slovenian, Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian and Kosovar History Teachers Associations also shared and discussed with the participants the current affairs in History Teaching in their countries. The bulk of the workshop was spent on kick-starting a new and exciting research programme, supported by the Minister of Education of Macedonia, into challenges and solutions for Integrated History Education in Macedonia. This was done using the so-called World Café method. A detailed report will soon be available for download.