October 22 – 23, 2012, an International conference of history teachers “Intercultural dialogue and image of the other in history teaching and learning” was held in Tallinn and was visited by 130 participants from various European countries. The conference was supported by Council of Europe, Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, and it was organized by Estonian History and Civic Teachers’ Association headed by Mare Oja. Speakers were history teachers from countries participants, international experts, and Estonian historians. The subject of Intercultural dialogue and image of the other in history teaching and learning was discussed on example of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Participants discussed usage of course books and study material, possible partnership with history museums and archives. Conference visitors tried to figure out a professional portrait of a history teacher in the 21st century, and how past events become history. The workshops in the frame of the conference supported discussions of study environment, digital study tools, sensitive issues teaching, and further cooperation forms. Several Tallinn museums were visited.
Danute Dura, EUROCLIO Ambassador from Latvia, gave a presentation on EUROCLIO's work in the field of intercultural dialogue and a general update on the Association's current activities. This session was an opportunity for history educators coming from various EUROCLIO member organisations to exchange their views on how to be involved in transnational cooperation through the Association.
Elle Seiman, Board member of Estonian History and Civic Teachers’ Association