Council of Europe Teacher Training Workshop in Cyprus

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The bi-annual workshops provided by the Association of Historical Dialogue and Research in cooperation with the Council of Europe in the area of history education are back! This year’s conference takes place on 23 & 24 October. With the theme of “Teaching and learning history in the digital age”, a number of contemporary questions will be examined by the instructors and the participants.

Please ensure you register by 19th October by sending at e-mail at For more information, visit the AHDR website.

Call for Workshops for EuroClio Annual Conference 2016

EuroClio is delighted to announce the official Call for Workshops for the 23rd EuroClio Annual Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland (19-24 March 2016).

Interested parties are encouraged to participate in the call and realise their own workshop project during one of the most significant conferences in the field of history, heritage and citizenship education across Europe.

Workshop application forms (see below) should be filled out and sent in to before 15 December 2015.

The authors of the selected workshop proposals will get an opportunity to take part actively in the conference programme and engage other participants in interactive learning, reflecting the aims of the conference. By leading your small workshop project you can spread your word and experience across Europe!

If you are not registered in the conference yet, please complete your registration here. The deadline for registrations is December 1, 2015.

The conference aims to explore the question of “How to teach controversial history in a responsible manner” through a highly (inter)active and engaging programme with workshops, dialogue tables, open spaces, on-site study visits, public debate and reflective and interactive panels. The conference will provide a platform of intercultural exchange in which the participants will actively learn, share best practices and network.

For more information, see the conference page.

EuroClio workshop on Avoiding Rigid Thinking at DARE Conference in Oslo

From 29 September until 1 October, EuroClio project manager Judith Geerling participated in the conference EDC-HRE against extremism How to share and develop good participating methods against extremism among youth in Oslo, Norway, that was organised by DARE (Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe) Network together with the Human Rights Academy. Around 30 participants from organisations across Europe working on democracy and human rights education came together for the annual General Assembly of DARE, in which their action programme for next year was approved and a new board was elected. The Assembly was embedded in a bigger seminar that focused on combatting extremism and radicalisation amongst youth through education. EuroClio facilitated a workshop on avoiding rigid thinking with practical examples from history education.

In her workshop, Judith Geerling presented three learning activities developed in different projects that all try to promote critical thinking amongst the youth and create an open and inclusive space for the students to debate and discuss. This included the learning activity ‘Mechanisms for Inclusion and Exclusion’ developed by Daniel Gaede with Leonie Wieser within the Multi-faceted Memory project, an activity made for the “Handbook on Values for Life in a Democracy” by Bob Stradling and Chris Rowe, 'Free Speech or Religious Offence: The Case of the Danish Cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed’, and finally ’Sarajevo Assassination’ developed by Melisa Foric for the publication ‘Once upon a time… we lived together’.

Successful Launch of Macedonian Language Version “Once Upon a Time…We Lived Together”

On 3-5 July 2014, in Mavrovo, Republic of Macedonia, nearly 70 History Educators from all over the country and from different backgrounds came together for the launch and teacher training seminar within the EuroClio Project “History that Connects”. Over the two days, participants engaged with the material through active workshops provided by local and regional trainers, including the Project Editors Bojana Dujkovic-Blagojevic, Milos Vukanovic and Mire Mladenovski, as well as one of the module author Iljo Trajkovski. In addition, an active group discussion was held on the future plans for the Association of History Educators in Macedonia, including Study Visits abroad, national projects and new themes to develop. A full report will be made available after the summer. The Macedonian-language version of the book “Once Upon a Time…We Lived Together” can be requested free of charge via e-mail (due to filesize). Unfortunately it was not possible to finalise the Albanian-language version on time for the event. This is expected before September.

Eastern Partnership Culture Programme Convenes Over 50 Actors in the Cultural Sector

The last cycle of workshops on cross cutting themes lead by Regional Monitoring and Capacity Building Unit EASTERN Partnership Culture Programme (RMCBU) took place in a small Georgian town of Kachreti between 29-31 May 2014. This final Workshop hosted representatives of six grant projects with 30 months duration, in particular, Caucasus Cultural Initiatives Network (CAUCULT), Directors Across Borders (DAB), Equal Opportunities for National Minorities and Disadvantaged Groups in Realising Cultural Rights: Richness through Diversity, Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues, Sustainable Development of Local Communities through the Actualisation of the Cultural Heritage, and Sustainable Public Areas for Culture in Eastern Countries (SPACES), as well as over 50 representatives of project beneficiaries, stakeholders, Ministries of Culture of Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, and representatives of local and regional authorities and NGOs.

Early Spring Mission of “Sharing History” Mentors to Yerevan

Between 7-10 March 2014, Dean Smart (United Kingdom), Olha Pedan-Slyepukhina (Ukraine), Tsira Chikvaidze (Georgia) hereby as referred as the mentors to the authors in Armenia, and Project Manager Steven Stegers undertook a visit to Yerevan to support the authors in Armenia to improve their educational modules before the April Editing Meeting of Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues (SHCD) project in Ohrid (Republic of Macedonia).

During the visit, the mentors were actively engaged in working individually with the authors and sharing their oral and written remarks on each module.  In the course of this visit, the EuroClio took the initiative to organize a workshop on Active Learning in History and Cultural Education in partnership with AAHE-Armenian Association of History Educators, CIVITAS Armenia and DVV Armenia on 9 March 2014. The workshop was participated by 30 History, Heritage and Cultural educators in Armenia. As a part of this workshop, Dean Smart, Senior Lecturer History and Citizenship Education, University of the West of England gave a workshop on active learning methods, and Ashot Yeghiazaryan, Civitas Armenia, Teacher and Head of Methodological Unit in Physics Mathematical Special School presented the results of the project of CIVITAS Armenia on political culture. At the end of the workshop, the educators also received more detailed information on the standards and requirements of the educational material of SHCD project and were welcomed to contribute with more new module ideas if interested.

The visit in overall positively influenced on broadening the network of educators in Armenia, and strengthening the partnership with new institutions working in the field of education and culture in Armenia.

For questions, contact Aysel Gojayeva.

Educators, authors, policy makers from South-east Europe discuss textbook design

On 2-7 December 2013, EuroClio participated in the Seminar “International Comparison of Textbook Content Design” held at Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI) in Braunschweig, Germany. The event brought together 20 history educators, textbook authors, and education experts from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, as well as international research fellows at GEI.

EuroClio was represented at the event by Director Jonathan Even-Zohar and Trainee Sven Mörsdorf. EuroClio member Besnik Emini, Vice-president of ANIM (Association of History Educators in Macedonia), held an active workshop on using multi-perspectivity in teaching controversial and sensitive history, and also presented the History that Connects the Western Balkans programme.

The seminar provided a unique opportunity to discuss and compare a variety of important influences on history education in the region, e.g. the realities of textbook authorship, the requirements of different curricula and the state of their implementation, and good practices for creating and using innovative teaching materials and learning activities.

On 14 and 15 May EuroClio and Europeana organise a co-creation workshop in The Hague

The aim of the co-creation workshop is to facilitate cooperation between the partners working on Historiana and the other EuropeanaCreative partners in order to further stimulate the re-use of Europeana’s cultural heritage resources through the Historiana portal. To reach this goal there will be attendants from the field of content providers and history educators. Web developer Webtic and editors Bob Stradling and Ineke Veldhuis-Meester will participate on behalf of the Historiana team.

The topics that are on the agenda for day 1 of the co-creation workshop are: various ways of presenting Europeana content on the Historiana portal; ways in which this content can be used for online learning; how these online learning activities can be used in the classroom; the further dissemination of Historiana and lastly: new features, uses or improvements for the history education pilot.

Day 2 will be about the ways in which content providers and web developers can support the process of stimulating the re-use of cultural heritage resources from the Europeana database through the Historiana portal.

Intercultural Dialogue Through History Teaching at International Forum Azerbaijan

On March 4th, EuroClio Senior Manager Steven Stegers visited the North South Center of the Council of Europe to help with the preparation of the Workshop Intercultural Dialogue through History Teaching. This workshop will be part of the  2nd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue that will be held from May 29 to June 1, 2013 in Baku. Azerbaijan organises the world forum in partnership with UNESCO, UN Alliance of Civilizations, UN World Tourism Organization, Council of Europe,  the CoE North-South Center and ISESCO.

More information about the Forum can be found here.

History Educators in Georgia (GAHE) Organise Workshop on New Approaches in History and Cultural Education

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On the 10th of October, Georgian Association of History Educators (GAHE) in close cooperation with EuroClio, Inspiring History and Citizenship Educators organized a workshop on New Approaches in History Teaching and Cultural Education in Georgia in the Classical Gymnasium of Tbilisi. Ian Phillips from Edge Hill University in the United Kingdom has been invited to this workshop as the international trainer. The workshop has been attended by 40 participants. The opening remarks in the training were made by Oliver Reisner from EC Delegation to Georgia, Nana Tsikhistavi, President, Georgian Association of History Educators and Steven Stegers, Project Manager. Participants have been widely introduced to the project by Steven Stegers as well as by the country coordinators in Georgia. Followed with the introduction of the project, Ian Phillips gave his workshop on critical thinking, skills and history. As a result of this workshop participant group have been trained in critical thinking skills, were deeply informed about parameters for developing 6 educational modules in Georgia (themes, structure, methodology – focused on developing skills, critical thinking, ability to Inquire/research, promoting positive values and attitude; students age- 14-16 year olds; period: End of 19th Century – Present).
For more information about this project contact Aysel Gojayeva (Project Coordinator).