With an interesting and busy project kick-off meeting successfully concluded on 29-30 January, the RETHINK project has got off to a great start. Hosted by CIEP (Centre International d'Etudes Pedagogiques), the consortium leaders, in Sevres, the meeting brought together the project partners from all over the EU: Shoah Memorial (France), Euroclio (based in the Netherlands), The Living History Forum (Sweden), The House of the Wannsee Conference (Germany), Kazerne Dossin (Belgium) and CESIE (Italy), all leading names in remembrance education, history education or educational methodology for critical thinking. On behalf of the CDRSEE Programme Adviser Mr Antonis Hadjiyannakis and Development Officer Ms Ruth Sutton attended the launch of the new project.
The project aims to utilise and harness the capacities of remembrance education practices to prevent radicalisation and violent extremism through critical thinking education. RETHINK will bring together programmes and approaches that have been developed in remembrance education and make them more easily accessible to teachers who will be assisted in dealing with critical and controversial issues and to students who will be prompted to develop critical thinking skills towards prevalent prejudices in history education.
The project will run for 3 years and the first phase will entail research on best practices in both the formal and non-formal education sectors to build up a database which can be used by educators in a multitude of settings (schools, museums, memorial sites, training government officials etc).