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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The series of seminars organised at national level by EUROCLIO and its member Associations in the Western Balkans in September and October are the platform for the launch of EUROCLIO’s new multilingual teaching tool entitled ‘Once Upon A Time … We Lived Together’. Attended each by 50 to 100 participants on average, the seminars are a unique opportunity for history educators in the region to discover exemplar material for the history classroom. An almost Live Report of the series of Training can be seen on the EUROCLIO Facebook Group or for example the report on the Croatian National History Portal.
This publication is the main outcome of the History that Connects project ‘How to Teach Sensitive and Controversial History in the countries of former Yugoslavia?‘ (2011-2014), which was officially introduced at the 21st EUROCLIO Annual Conference in Ohrid. It contains 23 innovative exemplar workshops focusing on some of the most sensitive and controversial topics of regional history between 1900-1945, with contributions from educators of all seven project countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia).
Between 11 September and 5 October, 6 national launch and training seminars will take place in the project countries. In particular, Kosovo (Prizren: 12-14 September), Slovenia (Ljubljana: 19 September), Croatia (Zagreb: 20-21 September), Montenegro (Podgorica: 3-5 October), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo: 10-12 October).
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The seven skilled History That Connects editors will have their final editing meeting in The Hague, The Netherlands from 8 to 13 January 2014. The History That Connects programme is running very well and the ‘How to Teach Sensitive and Controversial History in the countries of former Yugoslavia?’ project has reached its final stage. The seven editors from seven different countries will have their final meeting of the project and new educational material will be launched in the beginning of 2014.
From 19 to 21 October the sixth and final work session within the EUROCLIO/Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs/OSI programme ‘History that Connects: How to Address Sensitive and Controversial History in the countries of former Yugoslavia’ will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. During these days teachers from all former Yugoslav countries will finalize the workshops for the period 1900-1945. After this weekend the workshops will be translated in each language, and are than ready for use in the classroom.
We as EUROCLIO are very satisfied with the work that has been done on very sensitive and controversial issues in the history of the countries of former Yugoslavia by all the authors. If somebody is interested in attending this session, or has any questions, please contact the EUROCLIO secretariat.
The final Capacity Building and Curriculum Workshop of the EUROCLIO/Belgium Ministry of Foreign Affairs project “History that Connects – Republic of Macedonia” took place in Veles, Macedonia. Over thirty history teachers from Skopje, Veles and the region gathered between 27- 29 of June. The structure of this event was similar to the teacher training sessions in Ohrid and Stip. There were several presentations from regional observers about the educational status in Scotland, Ukraine, Kosovo and Serbia. Also international experts Neil McLennan and Iryna Kostyuk, gave interesting and dynamic workshops about active learning and interactive history teaching. Participants were given new insights how to teach sensitive topics in history and how to promote active learning in the classroom. These activities and aims where strengthened by guest speaker Albert Hani from the ZDF Forum, who gave a clear overview of the activities of his organization. Joke van der Leeuw-Roord, activated the participants in discussions about the recommendations that were suggested during the previous two seminars in Ohrid and Stip about textbooks and curriculum. The participants discussed actively and the end result was very inspiring. During the concluding session many expressed the intention to actively use these active learning methods in the classes and to participate in the first annual conference of ANIM in august. This project will be concluded in august when the ANIM and EUROCLIO will present their recommendations to the Macedonian Minister of Education.
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.
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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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.