This Newsletter is again full with many interesting reports of EUROCLIO Programme activities, events organised by our members and partners, as well as news and announcements from many different organisations working in the field of History Education. For instance, have a look at the following "In Focus" announcements:
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Message from the President
Dear friends and colleagues,
how time flies! In my last letter, I suggested projects for the then upcoming school term after the summer break and now it´s early autumn already …
Let me inform you that in August, Board and Secretariat were coming together in The Hague for another Board meeting, mutual exchange and very fruitful discussions. It was the first meeting of that kind for our new Board member, Loa Steinunn Kristjansdottir from Iceland and let me tell you she embraced this task like she had never done anything else! Among all the decision-taking, we also enjoyed a very inspiring workshop by Jonathan and Steven.
May I forward a request from the Board to you all: We would like to participate in projects organized by and with the EUROCLIO family even more. So it would be very nice if you could forward information about activities of that kind to me so that I can pass it on to my colleagues in the Board. As I´m sure you all know, my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org . I already look forward to meeting you during your events!
Our next Board meeting has been set for November to meet in Erfurt in order to prepare our 2013 Annual Meeting further.
I have also got a sad task this time: I must inform you that my colleague Gertrud Liedtke, who used to be representative of our German History Teachers´ Association with EUROCLIO before me, passed away. I have known her to be a highly motivated teacher , very active and devoted to her various fields of interest and we will always remembers her this way.
My best wishes to you all, Sylvia
EUROCLIO in Brussels:
EUCIS-LLL and EUROCLIO meet with culture and education professionals from Central and Eastern Europe in Brussels
On 19 September EUCIS-LLL Project Officer Noé Viedma and EUROCLIO Senior Manager in Brussels Blandine Smilansky welcomed a transnational group of young civil society activists for a two-hour interactive session on the work of educational NGOs in Brussels. The visit was organised by MitOst, an association based in Germany which runs project in the fields of active citizenship and cultural management with a focus on Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. This event was an opportunity for EUCIS-LLL and EUROCLIO to explain their work to national and local stakeholders in education, and to harvest ideas on how to improve dialogue between local, national and European civil society actors and institutions.
At its plenary session on 11 July 2012, the European Economic and Social Committee, one of the two main consultative bodies of the European Union, adopted an opinion on the future Europe for Citizens programme for the period 2014-2020. This document is a strong plea for increased institutional recognition and support to civil society work. In the part on the content of the Europe for Citizens programme, which includes a strand on remembrance, the European Economic and Social Committee makes the following statement: "Special attention should be given to young people's historical awareness, which represents the cornerstone of the EU's shared future, freedom and prosperity." EUROCLIO praises this acknowledgement of the role of history education and hopes it will contribute to raise the profile of the subject throughout Europe. You can read the full text of the opinion here and learn more here.
School subjects such as “History”, “Political/Civic Education” and/or “Social/Cultural Studies” are expected to form the socio-political identity of the future citizens of Europe. Teachers of these subjects are expected to develop the pupils’ skills and competences towards democratic citizenship, intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding and tolerance.
During the last three years, the LLL-project (KA1)
“Assessment, tutorial structures and initial teacher education of trainee students in the subjects Political/Civic Education, Social/Cultural Studies and History in Europe – a comparative study”
has collected data on tenets, structures and standards of initial training for teachers in the abovementioned subjects in Europe. Members of more than 30 European universities and institutions from East and West, North and South, including the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Turkey, completed a thorough questionnaire with regard to the situation of the initial teacher training (ITT) in their country.
The result is now the first comparative study on teacher training in Civic/Citizenship Education and History, which includes not only the analysis of the questionnaire’s answers, but also the outcome of the four thematic working groups: All partners and experts took part in this qualitative research on different fields of interest (conflict prevention – conflict analysis, interdisciplinarity – history and civic education, media didactics – media analysis, professional development of trainees of history and civic education).
Simultaneous with the study, a smaller booklet comprising the most relevant outcomes of the project, will be published in December 2012.
Facing History and Ourselves has created an online tool that allows educators in our network to easily gather a customized collection of our online resources and create a “mini-website” to use with students and is now able to offer the Educator Path technology in time for the new school year. The website and online modules offer a wealth of information across a broad range of themes and topics related to the work of the International Organisation. The path tool allows you to pick and choose only those resources—readings, video clips, primary source documents, etc.—that are pertinent to the specific content you are teaching. Visit the Educator Path page and follow along with the instructional video to begin building your own paths or to search for paths made by Facing History staff and educators.
On the 2 November the KNHG-congress will take place at the Royal Bibbliotheek in The Hague. Under the theme "Objects make history. Non-written sources in historical research" the participants will discuss the growing importance of objects as histroical sources to gain new insights on traditional themes in Dutch History.
For more information on the programme, click here.
On Wednesday, 19 September, the NIOD organized its annual lecture, given by guest Speaker Dr Bob Moore from the University of Sheffield on the topic of surviving genocide, in particular Jewish survival during the Second World War. The book “The Holocaust and Other Genocides, An Introduction” was there introduced as new useful teaching tool for teachers. EUROCLIO-Board-Member Marjan de Groot-van Reuvekamp received the first two copies. The NIOD hopes that this book can contribute to the deepening of knowledge of secondary education teachers and other professionals engaged in teaching about genocide.
This study explores pre-service teachers’ attitudes toward heritage education, an approach to teaching history grounded in first-hand experiences with material culture. The research was conducted at a large Midwestern university in the United States, in a methods course that included 28 pre-service teachers. Data were derived from both quantitative and qualitative instruments, including attitude surveys completed before and after classroom activities and a field trip to a local history museum; these activities aimed to introduce teachers to the meaning and purpose of using material history in elementary classrooms. We found that pre-service teachers already had highly positive attitudes toward inclusion of heritage education; that they considered heritage resources educationally valuable; and that they wanted to use such resources in their teaching. Participants’ attitudes, however, showed little or no change after participating in classroom activities, presumably because their initial perceptions of heritage materials were so uniformly positive."
People who are interested in Heritage Education can reach the full paper from this link. The article is written by Cemil C. Yesilbursa and Keith C. Barton was published in Journal of Social Studies Education Research.
The Colloque international des didactiques de l’histoire, de la géographie et de l’éducation à la citoyenneté organizes from the 25 - 28 October 2012 a bilangual symposium "De nouvelles voies pour la recherche et la pratique en Histoire, Géographie et Éducation à la citoyenneté / New Paths in Research and Practice in History, Geography and Citizenship Education" in Quebec City (Canada). To access the symposium website, click here!
The Teaching with Gender series has two major aims: to foster European cooperation in the field of gender studies and to promote teaching in the field of gender studies. ATGENDER members are entitled to publishing of approved, peer-reviewed manuscripts. Teaching “Race” with a Gendered Edge responds to the need to approach the idea of race from a feminist perspective. This collection of essays aims to broaden our understanding of both race and gender by highlighting the intersections and intertwinedness of race, gender, and other axes of inequality. The book also points to the importance of taking colonial legacies into account when it comes to the understanding of contemporary forms of racisms. In an increasingly globalised and interconnected world this perspective is essential for understanding the dynamics of identity politics but also for pointing towards possible ways of intervention and change. The essays in the book discuss historically contextualised examples of the intersections of race and gender from different localities in Europe and beyond and provide readers with a rich body of resources and teaching material.
Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photo contest for monuments, organized by Wikimedia this September. Wikimedia is the movement behind Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – a global collaboration authored by volunteers. Cultural heritage is an important part of the knowledge Wikipedia collects and disseminates. Everybody can contribute images as well as write articles. An image is worth a thousand words, in every language at once and local enthusiasts can (re)discover the cultural, historical, or scientific significance of their neighbourhood. Every national contest will be able to nominate some of their winning pictures for the international contest. These nominated pictures will be judged by the international jury, which will then award extra prizes to the best images from all participating countries.
The pictures must contain an identified monument, have to be self taken and self uploaded until the end of September 2012. For more information click here.
EUROCLIO Senior Managers Steven Stegers and Blandine Smilansky just returned from a very intensive week in Moldova. This visit took place in the framework Sharing History, Cultural Dialogue, a regional initiative in which EUROCLIO member ANTIM (Association of Young Historians of Moldova) is participating together with partners in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine. During the visit, EUROCLIO project coordinator and reporter were able to gather a lot of input from various stakeholders in the field of history education in Moldova. Thanks to the professionalism of their local partner ANTIM and dedication of its President Sergiu Musteata, they had in-depth interviews with students, teachers, school headmasters, teacher trainers and training centers directors, as well as the Minister of Education of Moldova and her staff dealing with history education. The week ended with a very active training Seminar for teachers at the State Pedagogical University in Chisinau, to which Mare Oja from Estonia and Benny Christensen from Denmark contributed. The Seminar was attended by over 80 history educators from across the country. An Event Report is available below, and a Special Report presenting the findings of this exploratory visit will be published before the end of 2012.
Register now and save your participation in the 2nd EUROCLIO-Yad Vashem Partnership Development Seminar “Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st Century” to be held in Jerusalem (Israel).
Together with Yad Vashem Institute, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority (www.yadvashem.org) EUROCLIO, European Association of History Educators (www.euroclio.eu) has started the preparations for the 2nd Partnership Development Seminar on “Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st Century”. This seminar is the follow up of the 1st EUROCLIO-Yad Vashem Partnership Development Seminar which took place in December 2011 in Jerusalem. The 2nd EUROCLIO-Yad Vashem Seminar will take place again in the holy city of Jerusalem (Israel) on 4-9 December 2012.
The seminar aims at stressing a common search to implementation of innovative and responsible approach to the History of the Holocaust, with the possibility of setting up a project, platform or future partnership seminars which would take place in Europe, involve more teachers and strengthen the network among the history teachers in Europe and Israel. It will focus on content, and brainstorm with leading members of EUROCLIO. The programme will be filled with interesting workshops, presentation and discussions regarding the challenges of the history of the Holocaust and methodical approaches for the classroom, on-site learning activities in Yad Vashem and Jerusalem and a meeting with a Holocaust-survivor.
We welcome you all to join this seminar, explore new methods of teaching the Holocaust in the 21st century, meet your teacher colleagues along Europe and in Israel, network, share, and learn new experiences!
Participation fee is the seminar is 335 EURO if you stay in the double room, 460 EURO if you stay in the single room. The seminar fee includes preparatory online seminar, 5 nights accommodation in the hotel, all meals, airport transportation to/from the hotel, cultural programme.
The first Regional Seminar of ‘Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues’ Project is organized by EUROCLIO in close cooperation with All-Ukrainian Association of Teachers of History, Civic Education and Social Studies in Ukraine (NOVA DOBA). This seminar aims at agreeing on the parameters for the common publication of the project based on input from the round-table discussions, trainings and reflections during the seminar, building on experiences from key people from previous projects and transferring key elements learned to the Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues themes, discussing and reflecting on innovative methodologies and identifying historical themes and topic related to culture that are relevant across the project countries and finally planning the work of the next semester. The seminar will be attended by around 50 History Teachers from Project countries such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The programme of the seminar is filled with active workshop, trainings, panel presentations, round-table discussions which aim at sharing experiences from previous EUROCLIO Projects, deciding on a common framework, gathering inputs of all seminar participants. The participants will also get a chance to discover culture and history of a beautiful medieval city of Lviv during the programme. For more information about this visit and the project contact Aysel Gojayeva (email@example.com) Click here to visit the project page at EUROCLIO Website.
The seminar took place in a beautiful seaside city of Ballycastle from the 19th to the 23rd of September 2012. It was participated by 25 participants from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, England, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, The Netherlands. On the 19th of September, some of the participants joined an optional on-site learning programme in the city of Belfast which included introduction to History of Northern Ireland by Peter Collins from St. Mary’s College and visit to Murals in Belfast. The rest part of the programme took place in Derry/Londonderry and Ballycastle at the Corrymeela Community Centre. After the introduction to the programme and key note lecture on the Northern Ireland Context by Alan McCully from University of Ulster which took place in Corrymeela, participants visited the Nerve Centre in Derry/Londonderry and participated in the workshop on Teaching History through Multi-Media Approaches run by a project, Teaching Divided History’ by Matthew McAleer (The Creative Media Facilitator and Trainer on the Teaching Divided Histories project). The programme in Derry/Londonderry was followed with the visit to Free Derry Museum and optional on-site learning programme in Bogsides. The second and the third days of the programme were filled with different interesting workshops by local and international trainers, panel presentations on ‘Dealing with Sensitive Issues in Contemporary History Teaching’, presentation of Historiana project and case studies. On the last day of the seminar, participants had the chance to reflect on the issues that stroke them much during the programme and think about the best gained knowledge and experience they will take home. The participants described the seminar as the great learning experience. All activities in the programme served to build a better understanding about the nature of conflict in Northern Ireland, share experiences and feelings of people who experienced conflicts in their countries and think together on best ways how to deal with troubles, sensitive and controversial issues in the classroom among their students. The seminar will be followed up with the report describing broader context of the event and interesting quotations by local and international History teachers. Click here to download the programme of the seminar. Click here to visit the seminar page at EUROCLIO website.
A full report will be available in the comming weeks.
On the 13th of September, EUROCLIO Executive-director Joke van der Leeuw-Roord and project manager Geert Kessels presented the latest development on the online educational environment ‘Historiana – Your Portal to the Past’ for an audience of experts on heritage education. The session was moderated by professor Maria Grever, director of the Center for Historical Culture. Dr. Stephan Klein provided the audience with another perspective on online history and heritage education by presenting his own project on the development of an online module on transatlantic slave trade. The audience participated actively in the discussion afterwards and came up with very valuable insights on a number of fundamental aspects of Historiana and provided EUROCLIO with feedback in regard to the next steps of the development of Historiana.
EUROCLIO Ambassador Benny Christensen and EUROCLIO project manager Geert Kessels each delivered a presentation during the event ‘Teaching History in Higher Education: the 14th annual Higher Education Academy Teaching and Learning Conference 2012’. This event took place from 12 to 13 September in London. Benny Christensen gave a workshop on the Danish history exams in secondary education. His work was valued as a very interesting new perspective on examination traditions by the international audience. Geert Kessels presented the educational learning platform ‘Historiana – Your Portal to the Past’ to an audience of academic researchers and teachers. He aimed at promoting Historiana as a tool for researchers to be able to better connect themselves to the world of secondary education teaching.
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.
History as an academic discipline as well as a subject in schools does not only deal with the past, but also with its presentation and commemoration in nowadays culture. “History Culture” and “Memorial Culture” have become a field of research and of didactical discussion and of teaching within the last decades.
The Department for History Didactics at Hamburg University takes - together with University of Education Winneba, Academy of Mission at Hamburg University and Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial - the initiative for organising a conference for historians and history teachers, architects, artists, educationalists, social scientists, theologians as well as professionals engaged in teaching and learning at memorial sites. The conference is a first joint effort to compare Ghanaian and German memorial cultures and their didactics. Within this conference, specialists both on the history of the commemorated history and on commemorations as well as on their ntegration and shaping in teaching processes in schools and outside are invited to a) present the structures, developments, open questions and perspectives of their own country's resp. their culture's memorial culture, and b) to discuss questions/topics and new insights which may be derived from comparison.
For more information and the programme of the conference please see below.
The 19th Summer School of the Estonian History Civics Teachers’ Association took place from 7 to 10 August in Narva, Estonia. About 90 teachers, including guests from Finland and Latvia, participated in it. The participants were introduced Narva and East-Virumaa cultural legacy and history, lectures on history and social sciences were given and vital topics were discussed. Subject area of lectures covered history as well as social sciences. Vivid discussions were held about euro area future, situation of Estonian media, religiousness of Estonians and experimental archaeology. The Summer School covered various issues and has brought history teachers together once more. Next year the 20th Summer School will be held in North-East Estonia, Põlvamaa.
The Historical Association will hold its 2013 annual conference in the beautiful and historic city of York on May 10th and 11th 2013. The Conference will include a wide range of secondary and primary workshops, talks from leading historians, visits and walks around beautiful and historic York and heritage workshops from a variety of museums and archives plus the chance to peruse resources in our growing resources exhibition.
To register your interest contact Suzannah.firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher trainers in the district of Tirana, Albania are concerned about the teaching methods in Albanian schools. The Teachers of Albania still find it difficult to break with traditional methods in which the teacher is the center of attention. The traditional approach results in short-term knowledge of students, which are less prepared for life. The teachers find is difficult to accept the “noise” that is created as a result of the modern learning-by-doing techniques of teaching, which includes questions and discussions. But in order to make the history lessons interesting the teacher must be creative in his methods and interaction with his students. By engaging in an active teaching, the teacher enriches the students’ consciousness. The new curriculum requires new ideas; teachers must be the director, scenarist but not the main actor in the class. This should be the student role.
“The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment has proposed the removal of all subjects at Junior Certificate level to be replaced by Statements of Learning. Under these changes, it is possible that History may not be studied at all by most Irish students as a discrete subject. The HTAI takes the view that it is unclear exactly how students would fulfill this statement of learning. Despite meeting with the Minister for Education and Skills, the HTAI is very concerned about the lack of clarity in these proposed changes as well as the cost involved in fully implementing them. The Minister for Education has stressed to the HTAI that these changes are just framework proposals, however many Irish schools are treating them as official government policy and, in several cases, History has been reduced in timetables or removed altogether. The HTAI asks Euroclio members to lend their support to their campaign to save History in Irish Schools.
From august, 16-18, I participated in the Third All Russian School Teachers Festival organized by the Yelabuga Branch of Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University. There were plenary meetings, public lectures of authorities in the field of modern education, round tables on actual questions, master classes, trainings, presentations of advanced teaching experience, exhibitions, social events, and creative and professional competitions.
More than 200 school teachers from 20 different regions of the Russian Federation took part in the work of the Festival and there were contributions from Russian and international experts from Bulgaria, Latvia and Germany. On the second day of the festival I conducted 3 master-classes for school teachers, teacher trainers and students about the Dutch system of history education and working with historical time in the Primary History Curriculum in England and the Netherlands. The participants showed great interest and asked lots of questions. Marat Gibatdinov took care of the translations during these master-classes.
Marjan de Groot-Reuvekamp, board-member of EUROCLIO
The book "Crossing analysis of school textbooks of South Caucasus", published by the Public Union of Azerbaijan History Educators , is the analysis of school textbooks of the history of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia on the theme "The Image of the enemy, an image of another, an image of other" in the given textbooks. For one year three historians from Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia worked on these schools textbooks. The Historians have shown as the image of another and an image of other are presented an image of the enemy and have given the recommendations to the Ministry of Education on how to solve the given problem.
The book is published in Russian through the financial support of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
The European Commission's proposal "Erasmus for All" for the EU Education & Training Programme 2014-2020 is currently under discussion at the European Parliament. The legal text, after it was approved by the Council of Ministers of the European Union, is now in the hands of the Parliamentarians, according to a co-decision mechanism. Ms Doris Pack, head of the Education & Culture Committee at the European Parliament, prepared amendments to the legal text which she presented during a Committee Meeting on 19 September. Other Members of the European Parliament have now about a month to react on Mrs Pack's proposal before final approval of the legal text. The civil society of European associations working in the field of education and training is actively lobbying European parlementarians under the umbrella of EUCIS-LLL. Read the latest EUCIS-LLL press release to find out about their main demands.
This significant innovation has come about thanks to the vision shown by all of you, the cultural heritage organisations that make up Europeana. This release, by far the largest one-time dedication of cultural data to the public domain using CC0, represents a real step change for cultural organisations in open data access and it offers a new boost to the digital economy as open data can fuel enterprise and create opportunities for those in the creative industries. Click here to read today’s press release. Next week we will be further highlighting the news at the Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki. We would be very grateful if you could help spread the news of what, together, we have achieved with this step. Please communicate this release widely, to bring it to the attention of policymakers, politicians and the digital community.
On 20 September the Steering Committee of the European Civil Society Platform (EUCIS-LLL) on Lifelong Learning met in Brussels to discuss a extensive and varied agenda. The first focus was on the European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2012,Investing in Growth and Jobs, which is organized on 18 and 19 October in Brussels, with the support of EUCIS. The Commission aims on a participation of more that 300 national and European stakeholders in the to the Forum related fields. It was considered good news that so much effort is put into creating more synergy between national educational authorities and civil society stakeholders. However the bad news was that it seems that education within the EU is reduced to the skills for employability and new jobs, without specifying such skills. The Steering Committee discussed how the EUCIS members could reinforce their message that education is also about personal development, active citizenship and social inclusion. The next EUCIS-LLL Working Group EU2020, which will convene on 17 October will be asked to prepare a clear message for this Forum.
The Steering Commission also looked into the Lifelong Learning Week “Re-thinking skills: a Civil Society Perspective”, which is planned for 27-29 November. In this week a public hearing on foundation skills will be organized and meeting with politicians and Educational Administers are foreseen. Various EUCIS member Associations have promised to organize related events. EUROCLIO will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a Brussels launch of Historiana-Your Portal to the Past and a reception.
The last important issue to be discussed was the present developments regarding the future education programme “Erasmus for All”. EUCIS has worked very hard to influence decision makers in order to bend the programme more towards the interest Lifelong Learning Civil Society Organizations. For EUROCLIO, as for other EUCIS member Associations, the continuation of the Operational Grants, which are not foreseen at the moment, are vital. Progress is made but only after agreement of the European Parliament and the European Council we will be able to assess how successful this lobby has been. The date planned for the Parliament vote is planned for 6 November.
The exhibition Being European brings together source materials from providers across the continent and is divided into multiple strands that showcase what European culture and identity may signify. The EUscreen project makes thousands of items from Europe’s television history freely available through its online portal and through Europeana. Its collection goes back to the early 1900s and gives a unique overview of European societies, cultures, folklore and habits. A recently released string of online exhibitions, built by researchers, broadcast employees and archivists, puts these items in context and helps users, educators and the general audience to get the most out of this exciting collection. The exhibitions cover historical events, political debates and everyday life in Europe. The innovative exhibitions offer a range of audiovisual content and give you the ability to click through to the original materials on EUscreen.
SHP’s London Day Conference in partnership with the British Library
On Saturday the 24th of November 2012 SHP will have a one day conference from 10.00am-5.00pm at the The British Library, St Pancras, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2 DB.
The day will include:
Keynote presentations from Jamie Byrom/ Michael Riley and Chris Culpin to help you plan for the new history curriculum
Six workshops focussing on a range of strategies to enrich your students’ learning in history including Dale Banham on Raising Attainment at GCSE and Christine Counsell on Wrestling with Enquiry Questions.
An opportunity to view the British Library’s Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire exhibition
Course Fee: £120.00
(including lunch, refreshments and exhibition entry)
The programme and the application form can be found below.
Are you a member of an organisation in one of the 42 Euro-Med countries? Would you like to take part in a unique training opportunity in another Euro-Med country? This is your chance. Apply now through your organisation! In the framework of the Regional Programme Citizens for Dialogue (2012-2014), the Anna Lindh Foundation is launching the Citizens Exchange Programme in the Euro-Med Region, with particular focus on the exchange among Arab civil society organisations, and between European and Arab civil society organisations. This twinning scheme seeks to support exchange of people for grassroots expertise, field work actions and awareness campaigns among Civil Society Organisations members in the Euro-Med region. To apply for the Citizens Exchange Programme, please check here. Deadline for receiving applications: 3 October 2012 at 16:00 EGY time. For more information, please write to: email@example.com
The History Educators International Research Network HEIRNET 2013 will be held in Nicosia, Cyprus. The conference’s host is the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research [ADHR] at its headquarters in central Nicosia, The Home of Cooperation. The conference theme is History, Conflict and Identity. HEIRNET aims to reflect the interests of the History Education community. So, if you have a research topic or theme that you would like us to include, please let us know by 5th October as we aim to circulate the conference details by late October.
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) presented two new sets of guidelines on human rights education at the OSCE’s annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw on 24 September 2012. The Guidelines on Human Rights Education for Law Enforcement Officials - designed for decision-makers, police trainers, university lecturers, as well as for national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations - and the Guidelines on Human Rights Education for Secondary School Systems, addressing relevant programme designers, teachers, policymakers and other stakeholders, were produced to promote effective human rights education and to support OSCE participating States in the implementation of their human dimension commitments in this area.
“The Guidelines were developed in recognition of the key role law enforcement officials play in safeguarding human rights, as well as the importance of schools in helping young people better understand and defend their rights,” said Snježana Bokulić, the Head of ODIHR’s Human Rights Department.