School classrooms across Europe are continuing to become more and more diverse. At the same time, controversies over contested historical legacies in public spaces across the world have increasingly led to contestations over cultural heritage and conflicts over the interpretation of national histories. The new EuroClio project Monument(al) Challenges, collaboratively implemented with the Contested Histories Initiative and funded by the European Union, aims to respond to some of the challenges faced by educators across Europe in teaching history. Specifically, we aim to address teachers’ requirements for resources and training materials which equip them with the skills for discussing sensitive and complex histories, including colonialism and slavery, in their classrooms.
Together with our consortium partners, we will conduct research to develop a set of educational resources. These will include an educational toolkit and various teaching-learning materials consisting of lesson plans, learning strategies, learning activities, and source collections related to contested cultural heritage. These resources will be piloted in school classroom settings and teacher training workshops. They will be disseminated with a wider audience through further workshops, a webinar series, and an accredited and self-paced online course, all of which aim to further support educators’ professional development.
The Contested Histories Initiative (CHI) studies disputes over statues, street names, and other historical legacies in public spaces with an aim to identify principles, processes and best practices for decision-makers, civil society advocates, and educators confronting the complexities of divisive historical memory. These are published in the form of impartial expert-reviewed case studies.More than 500 cases in 120 countries have been researched, with circa 225 focused on Europe.
The National Centre of Excellence for the Dissemination of History and Cultural Heritage is part of University College Lillebaelt (Denmark), and works to strengthen history and civics education in primary school and teacher education through applied research and development. The Centre has hosted several projects and initiatives with museums and heritage sites on innovative ways to communicate culture and cultural heritage to pupils and children. It is also the co-organiser of a summer school on cultural heritage and national identity, and is currently also involved in a project to strengthen teachers’ abilities to teach about the Holocaust and genocide.
Independent and International Baccalaureate-accredited school based in Cyprus, with a diverse student population representing 45 nationalities and 35 languages. The school’s mission is to instil in students that everyone must be valued as a unique individual, and that an understanding and appreciation of diversity are critical to peace and harmony. This is achieved through history, civics, and theory of knowledge education. In addition, the school’s teachers are affiliated with the Cyprus-based Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, carrying out joint activities such as workshops, where an understanding of contested symbols in public spaces is also needed.
Non-profit association founded in 2011 in Serbia to enhance educational reform and promote human rights values in a multicultural society. The Association supports all innovation in education system, following the documents adopted by the Republic of Serbia as part of its EU accession and the documents and the recommendations of the Council of Europe in the fields of education and human rights. The organisation’s activities are focused on teaching training, youth projects, and international projects concerning education and cultural heritage. Education for the 21st Century is a member of EuroClio, Europeana, and the Serbian National Convention on the European Union.