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21-23 September - 2012: Third meeting of the initiative "Dynamic teaching: knowledge and tools", Sarajevo

The international team of cognitive psychologists and education experts from the Western Balkans, Cyprus, Germany and the US continued its work on building capacities that would bring education more in line with the requirements of a rapidly changing society. The team is currently producing a manual for teachers with the aim of providing guidance for moving from teaching techniques to learning techniques.

8-10 September 2012: Teacher Training Workshops, Przno

The workshops, funded under the IPA programme of the European Commission, welcomed 20 teachers and provided them with an opportunity to learn about the JHP methodologies and familiarise themselves with the workbooks. The participants were assisted in creating their own model lessons based on the training, so as to consolidate their new skills for further use in class.

1 September 2012 - Kosovo (UNSCR 1244) Sources Meeting, Thessaloniki

Members of the History Education Committee (HEC), Professors Christina Koulouri (Chair), Bozo Repe, Halil Berktay and Helian Demiri met with Professors Frasher Demaj, Jusuf Bajraktari and Fehmi Rexhepi and the CDRSEE to discuss additions to the Kosovo sources for the compilation of the Joint History Project workbooks.

1 September 2012 - Kosovo (UNSCR 1244) Sources Meeting, Thessaloniki

Members of the History Education Committee (HEC), Professors Christina Koulouri (Chair), Bozo Repe, Halil Berktay and Helian Demiri met with Professors Frasher Demaj, Jusuf Bajraktari and Fehmi Rexhepi and the CDRSEE to discuss additions to the Kosovo sources for the compilation of the Joint History Project workbooks.

21 July 2012 - Alpbach IG Workshop: Youth's role in the development of democracy, Belgrade

The CDRSEE was invited to take part in this event to discuss the importance of youth for democracy, their role and responsibilities for the future of the region and the needs and challenges they have in common when participating in democratic decision-making processes.

28 June 2012: Panel discussion on EU and Western Balkan relations, Brussels

The European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) in cooperation with the CDRSEE and the European Policy Center (EPC), organized a panel discussion on EU and Western Balkan relations on Thursday, 28 June 2012. Topics discussed included promises made by EU regarding the integration of the Western Balkan states in the European Union, the success of Democracy in the region, the progress made towards EU integration, future challenges related to a future within the EU, and the uncertainties and changing perceptions the region currently faces.

New Perspectives for the CDRSEE

Climate change, at least in Southeast Europe, seems to have abolished spring and autumn. We seem to go straight from winter into the summer and vice versa. And so, after a long hot summer, the Balkans are still waiting for a little mild weather! And no, I am not referring to elections, the political climate, progress or lack of progress towards the EU, just the weather!

9-10 June 2012: Teacher Training Workshops, Podgorica

The workshops, funded under the IPA programme of the European Commission, welcomed 24 teachers and provided them with an opportunity to learn about the JHP methodologies and familiarise themselves with the workbooks. The participants were assisted in creating their own model lessons based on the training, so as to consolidate their new skills for further use in class.

8-9 June 2012: Sofia Forum for the Balkans Conference: The Balkans in the Globalized World, Sofia

The CDRSEE was invited to take part in this event hosted by the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Center for Liberal Strategies. The aim of this conference was to gather policy and opinion makers from the Balkans, together with their counterparts from the EU, the United States, the Middle East and North Africa, for in depth discussions about key issues that concern Europe and the transatlantic relationship.

1-3 June 2012: Shared teacher training event for Albanian and Serbian communities in South Serbia (Vranje)

Together with the Serbian Ministry of Education and the Coordination Body for the Municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja, the CDRSEE invited 31 history teachers from the Albanian and Serbian communities of South Serbia to a weekend that was dedicated to discussing history teaching in Albanian speaking schools with Serbian colleagues and vice versa.