THE HAGUE, 27 March 2014 – The CDRSEE played a major role in an educational focal point meeting in The Hague, talking about “Teaching History in Ethnically Divided Societies” and presenting the Center’s flagship programme, the Joint History Project.
The event was sponsored by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s High Commissioner on National Minorities. It was an all-day event, and many sub-topics were covered, with the objective of highlighting the role of history education in the conflict cycle and its relevance to the OSCE’s mandate.
Specifically, CDRSEE Executive Director Nenad Sebek spoke on the role of history education in reconciliation processes, including CDRSEE’s participatory approach as a means towards reconciliation and the concept of promoting multiple interpretations of historical events. This is something with which the CDRSEE has extensive experience through the JHP. A case study of the JHP was presented to attendees, including good and bad practices in developing commonly accepted history curricula, and experiences with gaining support of education ministries and governments, as well as measuring tangible achievements.
The CDRSEE was one of a number of experienced groups presenting at the conference. Eckhardt Fuchs of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research also provided important insights.
The result of the conference was the mapping of the OSCE’s 2014 education activities in Southeast Europe, as well as the establishment of several points to follow up on at the next conference.