Public Report Utrecht Training August 2019

The fourth training of the Learning to Disagree project took place in Utrecht (The Netherlands) from 19 to 21 August 2019 and was organised by EUROCLIO and Utrecht University. For the training 23 history and citizenship educators were present from the following 16 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and United Kingdom. This includes staff of the project partners, and a core team of Historiana volunteers that was formed during the previous short-term training that took place in 2018 Serbia. During this training, they continued to work more intensively on the project results, especially on  the historical content that will be featured on Historiana[1], lesson plans that will accompany the content, and National Trainings that will be organised between February and July 2020 to disseminate the final products to the wider community of history educators.


This meeting was conducted within the framework of the EUROCLIO-led Erasmus+ project “Learning to Disagree” (L2D) which runs from September 2017 – August 2020.


The 3-day training consisted of a variety of activities that were relevant to the project topic, including the visualisation of the online environment where the final results will be published. In addition, participants received an active training session on multiperspectivity in history education. There were also 11 active workshops on the leasson plans developed by the core team, and an interactive session (World Café) on controversial buildings, monuments, and changing street names in the countries represented at the training. Further work was done on the Variety of Viewpoints, one of the key project outputs, and finally the participants learned more about the controversy around street names related to the colonial past of the Netherlands.


The main aims of this meeting were:

  • To work together on designing source collections and learning ideas related to Cultural Heritage.
  • To enhance knowledge on the controversies and sensitivities related to Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands.
  • To peer-review the developed lesson plans and provide inputs for finalisation for piloting process.
  • To be trained in the use of dialogue, debate and discussion in relation to the topics 1) People on the Move, 2) Changing Borders and 3) Surviving under Pressure.
  • To agree on the piloting procedure including what inputs to collect, how to integrate this, and timing.
  • To co-design the framework for the training package that will be used to organise the 13 national training events in Spring 2020.

[1] Historiana is a webplatform build by EUROCLIO that Historiana offers free historical content, ready to use learning activities, and innovative digital tools made by and for history educators across Europe. For more information see:


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