Between 12th -14th September, in Prizren (Kosovo), EUROCLIO in partnership with the History Teachers’ Association in Kosovo undertook a successful training seminar within “History Matters. New Steps for History Education: Supporting the Successful Implementation of the Kosovo Core Curriculum for History” embedded with the launch of the educational publication ‘Once Upon A Time… We Lived Together’ developed in History that Connects project ‘How to Teach Sensitive and Controversial History in the countries of former Yugoslavia‘ (2011-2014) project.
The training was attended by more than 30 history educators across Kosovo. The training programme which started with an official welcome and speech by the representatives of EUROCLIO continued with an active workshop day, led by teacher trainers from United Kingdom focusing on the use and analysis of sources, and workshops based on the modules from Kosovo and Macedonia. Trainers in the seminar introduced the participants to the online tools and sources available on the Historiana Programme (online history teaching portal) and instructed them to develop their own module using the sources in the Historiana collection, and to share their ideas with their peers.
The Ambassador of Norway to Kosovo, Jan Braathu who joined the concluding session of the seminar stressed the importance of the work to be achieved in this project. During his inspirational speech, Mr Braathu stressed: “It is not only history project, not only about methods, association building, it is about all of these, it is developing critical thinking among young people in your country. This is an overall objective, alongside some other objectives”.
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From 23-25 May, the first EUROCLIO teaching training seminar within the ‘History Matters’ project was held in Pristina, Kosovo, marking a successful culmination of several years of sustained cooperation between the secretariat and the growing History Teachers Association of Kosovo (SHMHK). The event involved teachers and curriculum developers from the capital and surrounding areas, and was organised in order to assist in the practical implementation of Core Curriculum, which was developed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) in 2011. Three international experts were invited to provide workshops on pedagogical aspects of the new curriculum, which places strong emphasis on student-centred learning outcomes.
After the event was formally opened by Vice-Minister Mr Nehat Mustafa, who voiced his support for the project and emphasised the importance of an enhanced teacher understanding of how to develop key competences in the classroom, background information about the work of EUROCLIO, SHMHK and MEST was given to participants. The following day consisted of a full programme of workshops, during which EUROCLIO’s experts Luisa Black (Portugal), Martin Liepach (Germany) and Ian Phillips (United Kingdom) led interactive sessions encouraging teachers to think about how key competences could be developed through classroom activities. Luisa’s practical introduction to the full range of competences de was followed by more thematic workshops given by Ian and Martin, focusing on continuity, change and multiperspectivity.
On the final day teachers were encouraged in groups to use their newly acquired skills to begin developing new exemplar teaching material. Teaching topics grouped into time periods were brainstormed and then presented to the rest of the participants, with consideration of how these topics can be taught in connection to the new curriculum’s learning outcomes. Following these presentations and a final group discussion the seminar was closed by Ambassador Jan Braathu of the Royal Norwegian Embassy to Kosovo, which is providing the funding for the project. Mr Braathu expressed his delight that teachers were able to come together and take initiative in curriculum reform, and made clear the embassy’s enthusiasm to continue to support the project in the future.
This event was the first to take place within the ‘History Matters’ project, which aims to help develop the professional capacity of SHMHK in addition to supporting the process of curriculum reform. The next event is due to take place in September and will focus on the concrete development of exemplar source-based teaching activities. More details will be announced in due course on the ‘History that Connects’ section of the website and EUROCLIO social media.
An (Albanian) article about the event was also published on the Ministry’s website and can be read here.
On 23-25 May 2014, the History Teachers Association of Kosovo (SHMHK) will host the inaugural training seminar of the EUROCLIO-supported project ‘History Matters: New Steps for History Education in Kosovo’ in Pristina
The seminar will be the first in a series that supports the implementation of the Kosovo Core Curriculum, which was produced by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in 2011 as part of its broader strategic plan for education. Specifically, it will train the developers of the history syllabus as part of the ongoing reform by initiating collaboration between historians, textbook authors, history educators, and curriculum developers with a focus on innovative pedagogy and methodologies of learning as well as the use of corresponding materials. This will enable history educators in Kosovo to actively contribute to the reform process with their share of the responsibility for its implementation.
The seminar will be attended by approximately thirty participants comprising of prominent history teachers and key figures within the education sector in Kosovo. International experts Luisa Black (Portugal), Martin Liepach (Germany) and Ian Phillips (UK) will host workshops based on learning outcomes of the Core Curriculum in order to train participants on how these objectives can be implemented on a practical level in the classroom. On the final morning of the seminar, participants will be encouraged to use their newly acquired knowledge to help develop new curricula material. The event will also include a study visit to a site of historic interest near Pristina.
More information about the event can be found in the attached draft programme, and on the website page of the project, which will be updated with further content as it progresses.