Following the launch of the English language workbooks in seven capitals across the region, the CDRSEE was delighted to organise another launching event, this time to present to the public the Albanian and Serbian language editions of its innovative, supplementary history education books.
The successful launch was welcomed by Ambassador Jan Braathu, Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo* and Mrs. Annette Fath –Lihic, Chief Political Adviser/Executive Coordinator to the European Union Office in Kosovo* joined by Dr. Frasher Demaj, Scientific Advisor in the Institute of History in Pristina on a roundtable discussion. All speakers outlined once again the importance of the Joint History Project in building peace and reconciliation for the entire region and especially for Kosovo. “The perspectives and stories from the shared past matter. That’s why history teaching in an adequate manner will help children of today pose new questions and gain deeper understanding of events that interest them. Asking questions and listening carefully to what others have to say is instrumental for dealing with the past and for gradually paving the way toward reconciliation. These joint history source books should be used in that direction [….] and the Ministry should continue to support the JHP and the training of history teachers with these workbooks” said Ambassador Braathu. On her part, Mrs Fath-Lihic, stressed that the project’s force lies in the fact that history matters. ”Why history matters? Because through history we can connect with other people and witness societal evolution. In this manner, historians are like prophets looking backwards” she added.
Held on 24 May 2018, the high-profile launch was attended by Heads of diplomatic missions, representatives of international organisations in Kosovo*, teacher associations, historians and journalists. Both language editions were presented in an event hosted by Swiss Diamond Hotel, in Pristina; a city symbolic of both co-existence and divide along ethnic lines.
A teacher training workshop on the content and methodology of the workbooks followed the presentation. The workshop was conducted by Dr. Artan Puto, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Tirana University and was attended by school teachers from across Kosovo*.
The event marked the first regional launch of the local language editions of project.
* 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.