In the past few years, various events including terrorist attacks in Europe have exposed divisions within our societies, and in particular a growing tendency to think in terms of “us” and “them”. Against this background, memorial institutions and democracy-building NGOs have designed programmes that promote tolerance and respect towards diversity, while developing media literacy and critical thinking skills.
The RETHINK project (Remembrance Education for THINKing critically) facilitated the collection and spread of these programmes as a tool to promote the development of remembrance education across Europe, showing the origins and consequences of exclusion and prejudice. We believe that remembrance education, in linking past and present, sheds valuable light on the historical significance of polarised identities, offers insight into European history, and tools to combat intolerance.
Within a project consortium of eight different memorial institutes and organisations working in the field of education, EuroClio was responsible for managing the process of upscaling (that is, the collection and adaptation to new contexts) models and good practices of non-formal remembrance education, especially looking at how to bring these practices to the classroom. We formed a group of experts, who analyzed practices from the partner organisations, as well as practices collected through an open survey. With them, we produced a teachers’ guide on how these practices could be adjusted to make them fit for use in a wider context, in the formal education sector.
For more information about the consortium and the project’s results, please visit rethink-education.eu.