Many historians are afraid to teach young people in school about the recent past. However, if school does not address such issues, it will be left to the street, the family, and the peer group to deal with this often sensitive past. It is therefore that the project Macedonia, Retelling the History has decided to focus on history lessons addressing the short history of the Macedonian Independence, placed within the multiethnic setting of the country.
On Wednesday 21 November Retelling the History, a publication in Albanian, Macedonian and English has been presented in the Institute for Macedonian Language, Krste Misirkov within the framework of the International Conference History, Historiography and History Teaching, organised for the 55th Anniversary of AHRM the Association of Historians of the Republic of Macedonia. The publication is the result of the project Macedonia: Retelling the History, a one year common project between the AHRM, and EuroClio, the European History Educators Association, funded by the United States Institute of Peace.
The project aimed to address four urgent demands in the Macedonian Learning and Teaching of History: the innovation of the traditional content of twentieth century Macedonian history, the development of creative and active methodology, the insertion of diversity in narratives and perspectives and an adaptation to the multicultural environment of present day Macedonia. The AHRM in close cooperation with their EuroClio counterparts wishes with this project to empower Macedonian history and citizenship educators with the creation of practical, active teaching materials which acknowledges diversity in modern Macedonia.