Making history by changing the education of history is the longstanding goal of the Joint History Project, under which the CDRSEE invited 15 Albanian history teachers from Kosovo* for an educational workshop in Pristina. The purpose of the two-day JHP teacher training workshop was to mobilise the teachers as agents of an educational change in the Balkans by introducing alternative classroom methodologies and multi-perspective teaching material.
For two days the teachers, from high schools in the cities of Mitrovica, Decani, Viti, Glogovac and Pristina, worked with the Joint History Project’s education material by testing and retesting its usability by stepping into their students’ shoes. To encourage participation, the teachers were divided into smaller groups where they had the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss the content of the lectures. Petrit Tahiri, the programme coordinator from CDRSEE’s local partner, Kosovo Education Center, was an effective moderator of the workshop.
Trainers Frasher Demaj, Besim Haliti, and Enver Sadiku helped the teachers to debate even sensitive aspects of the Balkan history in an encouraging and constructive environment. Following the Joint History Project’s principle of freethought, the teachers were encouraged to voice their opinions and present their arguments and thoughts publically. After two days of presentations and group work, the seminar culminated in the CDRSEE donating the teaching material to all participants for future use.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.