Dealing with the Past in History Education

Dealing with the Past in History Education

The project creates, empowers and increases the impact of a global core group of civil society actors that have a mission and relevant experience on the promotion of innovative and responsible history education and work on a cross-regional level to work on Dealing with the Past in History Education. This project enables this core group to learn from each other and other stakeholders during joint project meetings and international study visits. The core group members will experience first-hand how other organizations implement their mission. They will explore what history education can contribute to conflict prevention and transnational justice and identify ways to overcome the practical challenges related to dealing with conflicting memories and narratives, dealing with emotional and difficult histories, dealing with uncertainties and sensitivities. The result of this exploration will be the documentation of existing practices and practical recommendations that can be used for local and cross-regional implementation and joint advocacy on global, regional and national levels.

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Project Aims

The overall objective is to create, empower and increase the impact of a global core group of civil society actors that have a mission and relevant experience on the promotion of responsible history education and work on a cross-border level on dealing with the past in history education. More specific objectives are:

  • To build the professional capacity and extend the networks of leading civil society actors who work on dealing with the past in history education through a series of peer learning activities (project meetings and study visits).
  • To build, provide access to and promote the use of a knowledge base consisting of teaching resources, multi-lateral textbooks, relevant stakeholders, policies and recommendations, journals, (action) research and strategies that are not yet sufficiently disseminated.
  • To engage in joint advocacy to inter-governmental organizations and targeted media on regional and global levels, raising awareness amongst policy makers and civil society actors on the importance of responsible history education on dealing with the past for sustainable peace.

Expected Outcomes

Supported by

Robert Bosch Stiftung

Project managers

Jaco Stoop
Network Coordinator, EUROCLIO - European Association of History Educators

Aysel Gojayeva
Project Manager, EUROCLIO - European Association of History Educators