Inspirational week in Warsaw kicks-off development process of inclusive educational materials

In Warsaw, Poland 16 educators from Armenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom met from 3 until 8 April for the first combined special interest group meeting within the project ‘Strategies for Inclusion’. The project contributes to make the teaching and learning of history and citizenship at schools more inclusive and accessible, and within the special interest groups educators will develop educational materials with this aim. In Warsaw the group, together with EUROCLIO project managers Aysel Gojayeva and Judith Geerling, and project advisors Steven Stegers and Kate Lapham (Open Society Foundations) met for one week to discuss the concept of high-quality history and citizenship education, and the barriers to this, which will form the basis of the educational materials. They started group work on learning ideas, reviewed existing EUROCLIO resources using the Universal Design for Learning. One of the highlights of the week was the visit to schools for children with autism and deaf or hard-of-hearing students, and the visit to POLIN museum where they assessed the strong and weak points of the museum when it comes to inclusive education. The group members will develop their first educational materials before the next meeting in November, after which they will go through a piloting and peer-review process. At the end of the project the materials will be offered in an International Training event in spring 2018. For more information keep an eye on the project page.

Regional Participation of History Educators in Ohrid Conference Boosted

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.

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.