Minister of Education John O’Dowd Welcomes Participants to EUROCLIO Annual Conference 2016
Dealing with the Legacy of a Violent Past in History and Heritage Education
- To engage in a Europe-wide debate on the experience of Northern Ireland civil society as to how sensitive events should be remembered.
- To compare and contrast the experiences of Northern Ireland as well as other countries across Europe and beyond on teaching sensitive history in a divided society and adopting different approaches in applying the historical process to sensitive events from the past.
- To share educational initiatives which help young people better understand the 1912-22 decade’s historical and contemporary importance and to reflect on how similar events are remembered in their own countries.
- To exchange innovative tools, methods and professional knowledge with all other Educators in Europe to aid teaching locally and in their own countries.
- To develop a common understanding of innovative and responsible history education as a bridge foreducation for reconciliation, peace education, intercultural education and human rights education.
- To disseminate and explore implementation of innovative history teaching resources and guidelines produced by national, international, NGO’s and intergovernmental organisations.
- To transform the shared experiences of integrated and cross-border history education in diverse societies into tangible guidelines for European educators and policy-makers.
- To explore the role of local (educational) authorities in bridging cultural/historical viewpoints in divided societies taking the example of the city of Belfast.
- To strengthen synergies between EUROCLIO and history educators in Northern Ireland in order to establish and build the capacity of History Teachers’ Association of Northern Ireland.
History, Heritage and Citizenship Educators are encouraged to take part in this unique International Training Course, as it aims to achieve for individuals the following outcomes:
- Increased participation and dialogue in European Community of History Educators.
- Raised awareness of cultures and identities through field trips, and reflection on the teaching of history across Europe.
- Access to new partnerships, including schools, local, regional, national and international educational authorities and institutes in different fields and sectors.
- Recognition of developed competences in history education through lifelong learning in the international context.
- Access to innovative history education tools from across Europe with a focus on education for peace.
- Improved English-language competence through facilitated and engaged dialogues.
- Understanding the challenges related to dealing with public commemoration in divided societies.
- Conference report for wider dissemination, including educational resources, and academic papers.