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Strengthening Capacities in Cultural Education in the Black Sea Region

In the Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues project educators from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine worked together on the development of a multilingual teacher and student book titled “Crossroad of Cultures. Countries of the Black Sea Region and social and political changes in the 19th and 20th centuries”. The books are organized in three parts: cultural heritage, culture and politics, and family and everyday life. Each part consists of ten learning activities that are source-based, learner-centered and that use active learning methods.

Throughout the project the partners worked together intensively on training, research, drafting, peer-review, mentoring, piloting, editing, design, map-making, translation and proofreading. More than a hundred people from over twenty countries have contributed to the development process. The fact that the team working on this project has been able to develop and agree on this publication despite the language barriers, and cultural and political sensitivities, demonstrates a strong willingness of the educators communities in the project to work together across borders.

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  • To strengthen the capacities of civil society actors in the field of cultural education in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to implement an education contributing to mutual understanding.
  • To strengthen the capacities of educators in cultural education in implementing critical thinking, multi-perspectivity, mutual understanding, and a pedagogy fostering independent, self-directed and creative learners through research, training, and the development and testing of quality educational resources
  • To cooperate regionally on history, heritage, and citizenship education, focusing on shared historical experiences and cultural changes that took place when the project countries moved from empire to independence, creating sustainable national and cross border networks
  • To build the professional capacity of the partner organisations as active, effective, and independent civil society organisations
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The project has resulted in:

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  • Trust building between the educators and their associations working in the field of culture in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine through four years of intensive cooperation.
  • The professional development of over 500 educators in the development of innovative educational resources using a critical and student-centered pedagogy during active workshops in national, regional and international capacity building events.
  • Three special reports on the state of cultural education in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Moldova summarizing the findings of one week exploratory visits.
  • A Joint multilingual students and teacher books to learn about the culture and history of countries in the Black Sea Region with 30 ready to use learning activities that are designed to make students think critically for themselves and make their own interpretations.
  • A positive external review of the publication.
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After the project had ended, all project partners expressed an interest to continue to cooperate and do more transnational work. The partners have presented the national language versions of the publications to their respected networks. It is our wish to make the students and teacher book also available in English and to use it for further trainings.

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  • Educational Resource: “Crossroad of Cultures. Countries of the Black Sea Region and social and political changes in XIX-XX centuries” (in: Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Rumanian, Russian and Ukrainian).
  • External Review: “Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues”, Wim van Meurs, University of Nijmegen.

The educational resources and the external review will be available online as soon as possible. If you are interested in our special reports, dealing with cultural education in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova, please contact Aysel Gojayeva (Project Manager).


Crossroad of Cultures Now Available!

Crossroad of Cultures - Ukrainian (Teacher's Book)

Crossroad of Cultures – Ukrainian (Teacher’s Book)

Crossroad of Cultures - Ukrainian (Students Book)

Crossroad of Cultures – Ukrainian (Students Book)

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The European Union’s programme Investing in People (Development Cooperation Instrument) and Eastern Partnership Culture programme (European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument).

The European Union’s programme Investing in People (Development Cooperation Instrument) and Eastern Partnership Culture programme (European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument).

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Editor-in-Chief: Julia Kushnereva.

Technical Editor: Iryna Kostyuk.

Designer: Olga Borysenko.

International Editors: Iryna Kostyuk, Dzintra Liepina and Elene Medzmariashvili.

National Editors: Fuad Agayev, Besik Lordkipanidze, Aleksandra Kozoroh, Nikol Margaryan and Pavel Cerbusca

National Coordinators: Kerim Abidi, Mkhitar Gabrielyan, Haykaz Hovhanisyan, Amiran Jamagidze, Sergiu Musteata, Timur Luchin, Rauf Rajabov, Olha Pedan Slyepukhina, Nana Tsikhistavi and Polina Verbytska.

Authors: Vagif Abbasov, Fuad Agayev, Gulnare Abidi, Aydin Aslanov, Vera Balan, Karen Bayramyan, Elisabed Busxrikidze, Pavel Cerbusca, Varvara Chiperi, Otar Dzhanelidze, Mkhitar Gabrielyan, Ludmila Gurschaia, Haykaz Hovhanisyan, Lilya Hovhannisyan, Samira Iskandarova, Nazmin Jafarova, Amiran Jamagidze, Lela Kakashvili, Artak Khachatryan, Olga Kovalevska, Aleksandra Kozoroh, Besik Lordkipanidze, Lyudmila Males, Mikhael Malkhasyan, Nikol Margaryan, Natalia Markus, Liuba Melnic, Madona Mikeladze, Oksana Mikhejeva, Nugzar Molashvili, Angela Musenko, Ekaterina Odagiu, Hrant Ohanyan, Olha Pedan Slyepukhina, Narmin Rajabova, Nastas Rodica, Vera Sahakyan, Lucia Sava, Manana Shekiladze, Nodar (Nukri) Shoshiashvili, Tatiana Tiganu, Ruzanna Tsaturyan, Polina Verbytska, Vera Vrabie and Angela Zeama.

Co-Authors: Olha Pedan-Slyepukhina, Fuad Agayev and Aleksandra Kozoroh.

Contributors: Arzu Abbasova and Lali Pirtskhalava.

Mentors: Tsira Chikvaidze, Tamara Eidelman, Dean Smart, Julia Kushnereva, Iryna Kostyuk, Mare Oja and Olha Pedan-Slyepukhina.

Trainers: Semih Aktekin, Carol Căpiță, Tsira Chikvaidze, Benny Christensen, Bojana Dujkovic-Blagojevic, Irina Gogonai, Amiran Jamagidze, Igor Jovanović, Huseyin Koksal, Iryna Kostyuk, Olga Kovalevska, Oleksandra Kozorog, Julia Kushnereva, Richard McFahn, Seda Melkumyan, Madona Mikeladze, Oksana Mikheieva, Claudia Lenz, Mare Oja, Olha Pedan-Slyepukhina, Dean Smart, Nana Tsikhistavi, Gulsen Tural, Ineke Veldhuis-Meester and Polina Verbytska .

Reporters: Patrick Barker and Blandine Smilansky.

External Reviewer: Wim van Meurs.

Steering Committee Members: Aleksandra Hnatiuk, Stefan Ihrig, Kate Lapham, Nino Kighuradze, Matthias Klingenberg, Joke van der Leeuw-Roord and Octavian Ţîcu.

Trainees: Pieter Baeten, Guy Counet, Iris Dijksterhuis, Ivan Marković, Sven Mörsdorf, Cristina Popescu and Francesco Scatigna.