Within the Education Partnership for Advocacy, Capacity-Building and Transformation (ePACT) project, 6 national Peer-Training events will be organised in close cooperation with our 6 local partners in the Western Balkans. To prepare for these meetings, the national coordinators together joined forces with additional members from the associations for a Preparatory Meeting integrated in the second Regional Summer School in Lovćen, Montenegro from 12-17 July 2016. The coordinators discussed the timeline and planning of the upcoming national events that are designed to get valuable feedback to the Regional Needs Assessment that is planned within the ePACT project, on a national level. The survey for the Needs Assessment is planned to be disseminated in early 2017 and already received feedback from regional experts during the first Standing Working Group meeting on History Education in Vienna (June, 2016). Now project researchers Dea Marić and Rodoljub Jovanović hosted another feedback session to the survey during the summer school.
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During the Second Regional Summer School organised by EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators, a preparatory meeting as well as a needs assessment review for the ePACT project was implemented at the same time. The Summer School brings together history teachers from all over the region as well as from all over the world. Among the participants were also the national coordinators appointed within the ePACT project. It was important for the coordinators to discuss the timeline and planning of the upcoming national events. Regarding the Needs Assessment, which is planned to be disseminated in January or February next year (2017), it was important for project researchers Dea Maric and Rodoljub Jovanovic to once again pilot their survey and have more feedback. The first time feedback was given, was during the Regional Expert Meeting in Vienna (June, 2016). It was important for both researchers and national coordinators to be able to discuss the next steps face to face. Essential issues about timeline of activities, implementation of the survey as well as the translation of the questions were tackled.
The EUROCLIO’s Regional Summer School in Lovćen, Montenegro was the second summer school organised by EUROCLIO in the Balkan region and it brought together 12 nationalities and representatives of eight history teachers’ associations. The first Regional Summer School was held in 2015 in Šipovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The History Teachers’ Association of Montenegro (HIPMONT) and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) were partners in organising the event. The Summer School provided in the unique combination of theory, workshops and on-site learning. This year the focus was discovering the “entangled legacies” of East and West in Montenegro and empathize the important connection between history educators and cultural heritage workers. During the Summer School educators working in history and heritage could participate in an interactive programme in which organisations like the RCC, Yad Vashem and Cultural Heritage without Borders gave interesting and inspiring presentations and workshops. It turned out to be a capacity-building event which provided transnational transfer of knowledge and experience in formal and informal way. Through lectures, workshops, discussions and study visits, participants could learn more about the history of Montenegro and the region in general, but also about history teaching from their peers. In the evaluation participants indicated they enjoyed the combination of presentations, workshops and on-site learning, they learned a lot about the history of Montenegro and the Balkan region in general and expressed their hope for joint cooperation with fellow participants and their students. The 2017 Regional Summer School location will be announced next month, so keep an eye on the website!