History Educators from Across Euro-Med Region Finalise Educational Resources in Cairo

From 5 to 8 May, the team of EUROCLIO’s Learning about (y)our Past project met in Cairo, Egypt for the final project meeting. The six educators from countries across the Euro-Mediterranean region presented their developed learning activities to their peers in order to prepare the finalisation of the educational material. The learning activities cover a wide range of issues, from the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), to national museums of history, encounters through food across the Euro-Mediterranean, the migrations of 1923 between Turkey and Greece, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Golden Age in 10th century Bagdad. What unites these learning activities is their aim to help young people acquire skills for intercultural citizenship based on the recommendations presented in “On a Common Path”. As in the previous project meetings, the team of authors has been supported by Michael Riley (editor of the Guidebook for History Textbooks Authors “On a Common Path” and director of Schools History Project) and long-time textbook author and SHP fellow Jamie Byrom.

This final project meeting was organised by EUROCLIO at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in the vibrant city of Cairo, Egypt. While during the first meeting in Nicosia, Cyprus, authors prepared a list of topic on which they would like to focus on in the learning activity, the second meeting in Beirut focused on the collaborative process of developing transnational educational material. Since this second meeting, the authors further developed their learning activities which consist of several, mutually dependent lessons that are ready-to-use for teachers. The six learning activities will be translated from English into Turkish, Greek, and Arabic in order to ensure a wide applicability of the project’s educational material across the Euro-Mediterranean region.

The aim of this final project meeting was to present and pilot the developed learning activities with the project team in order to find areas within the learning activities that still can be improved prior to the editing process. Unfortunately one of the team members was unable to travel to Cairo and attend the meetings. However, they were still able to participate and present their materials via Skype. On Saturday, the project team had the opportunity to see Cairo from a different angle, by visiting the Azhar Park.

In the following weeks, each author will finalise their learning activity so that the editor, the Jordanian project team member Kariman Mango, can start the editing process in June. By the end of July, all educational material should be edited and translated, so that the educational resources can be appropriately disseminated in August throughout the Euro-Mediterranean region.

EUROCLIO implements the “Learning about (Y)our Past” project in partnership with the member organisations Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (Cyprus) and the Lebanese Association for History. The project is funded by the Anna Lindh Foundation, and runs until September 2017. For more information on this project, please visit our project page.

First Planning Meeting Anna Lindh Foundation – Learning about (Y)our past in Nicosia, Cyprus

The project “Learning about (y)our past. History lessons for intercultural citizenship in the EuroMed region” aims to help young people in the Euro-Mediterranean region to acquire competences for intercultural citizenship by learning about identity and diversity, about positive intercultural encounters and addressing emotive and controversial issues in history education. The project will achieve this through collaborative design, piloting, peer-review, editing, design and publication of six learning activities that can be used as alternative educational resources. The development of these resources will be done by an international team with various cultural and professional backgrounds. This team will meet three times throughout the project, to work on the initial planning, peer-review and final editing of the resources. In between meetings the project team will work on the collecting of source material and piloting of the resources in practice. The project meetings will take place in Cyprus and Lebanon. The learning activities will be translated and published in Arab, English, Greek and Turkish and made freely available for use on the website of EUROCLIO and licensed in such a way that reuse is possible. To ensure that the main relevant stakeholders are informed about the learning activities and encourage its widespread use the project team will develop and implement a communication plan targeting the professional community of history educators in the EuroMed.
In November 18-21, the group will meet in Nicosia, Cyprus with the aims of;
  • Providing the project team with better understanding of project aims, logic and outputs.
  • Introducing the project team to guidebook for history textbooks authors ”On a Common Path. New Approaches to Writing History Textbooks in Europe and the Arab and Islamic Worlds: The Case of the Mediterranean” and discuss possible thematic connections to the project.
  • Providing a guidance on how to collect and work with sources in developing transnational educational resources.
  • Sharing initial ideas on the content, topics of the educational resources.
  • Agreeing on division of content amongst team members and common framework for the lessons and technical standards.
  • Agreeing on the timeline of the actions to come after the planning meeting and choose a date for the next development meeting.

Call for Authors from the Euro-Med Region

How can learning about history help young people from across the Mediterranean become intercultural citizens?

That is the central question of “Learning about (y)our Past, new project of EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators, the Lebanese association for History (LAH) and the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) that we will implement in the coming year, and are now looking for authors.

As author in the “Learning about (y)our Past. History lessons for intercultural citizenship in the Euromed region” you will work with a team of 6 authors on the development of exemplar lessons that demonstrate how the recommendations from the guidebook for history textbook authors can be applied in practice

You will have the opportunity to go to Cyprus and Lebanon during three project meetings, become a part a transnational team, broaden understanding of intercultural citizenship, work with professionals in the field, travel and explore new cultural horizons.  Your costs will be covered and there will be small fee (for the full information, see the link below).

About the project

The project aims to help young people in the Euro-Mediterranean region to acquire competences for intercultural citizenship by learning about identity and diversity, about positive intercultural encounters and addressing emotive and controversial issues in history education. The project will achieve this through development and peer review of six learning activities that can be used as alternative educational resources in history, heritage and citizenship education. The development of these resource will be done by an international team with various cultural and professional backgrounds.  The learning activities will be translated and published in Arab, English, Greek and Turkish and made freely available for use on the website of EUROCLIO and licensed in such a way that reused is possible. The project will run until 31 August 2017.

Candidate’s profile

Applicants need to be history, citizenship, or heritage educators from Euromed region. In selection of applicants, special attention will be given to the representation of various cultural, religious and professional backgrounds in the authors ’team.

Applicants should be intrinsically motivated

  • To join an effort that addresses the challenge of teaching of history and citizenship for intercultural citizenship
  • To lead the initial planning and development of at least 1 transnational educational resource is source based, engaging for learners, linked to curricula and help students to acquire competencies needed for intercultural citizenship
  • To work together with educators across borders and peer review and support the development of educational resources by other authors in the project
  • To help with piloting of the existing educational resources of the project in practice

To apply, please send your CV, letter of motivation, letter of support from your organization to aysel@euroclio.eu before 17 October 2016. The candidates will be contacted about the results of the selection within a week after the deadline for applications.

Click on the following link to find more about eligibility criteria and additional information.