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04Apr

Teaching for Learning Evaluation Takes Place in Belgrade

 

The CDRSEE in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia facilitated an evaluation session of the Teaching for Learning Manual: A reference guide for results-oriented teachers. The event took place in Belgrade on April 1st in the facilities of the Primary School, Vladislav Ribnikar. Approximately forty guests who have been or will be beneficiaries of the manual attended the event. The guest included relevant university professors, select primary school teachers and directors, advisors to the Ministry, and researchers in the field of education reform. The event was be moderated by Biljana Stojanovic, Ministry of Education, while the CDRSEE’s Nenad Sebek and the school director, Snezana Knezevic gave the opening remarks.

Ana Pešikan, co-author of the manual, fellow professors Dr. Ivan Ivić and Dr. Marko Šuica, and Dr. Ljiljana Levkov, coordinator on the project, Supporting Education Development and Research, provided valuable insight on the usefulness of the manual. Dr. Šuica spoke on the various methods of history education and the critical need for the manual to be included in compulsory education, while Dr. Levkov emphasized how the manual has contributed to education reform. Several useful suggestions were gained from the panel’s commentary and the project team will take those in stride as teacher trainings and other activities in relation to the manual continue to take place. Following the presentations, the attending guests engaged in an open dialogue to further discuss the benefits and best practices of utilizing the manual.

02Apr

2nd Teacher Training Workshop in Kosovo

 

March 29 - 30, Peja - In the city of Peja near the Rugova mountains, the 2nd Kosovar Teacher-Training Workshop took place. Twenty-one teachers from the Peja District gathered at the Dukagjini Hotel for two days of training on 29-30/03/2014. They were introduced by the trainers to new methodologies of history teaching and also to successful ways to use the Joint History Project workbooks. Prof. Frasher Demaj, Mr Afrim Balaj and Mr Besim Halit were the trainers for the workshop who engaged the attending teachers in active participation and stimulating discussions.

 

 

01Apr

CDRSEE presented the Joint History Project at an educational focal point meeting in The Hague

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.

31Mar

CDRSEE at an international history perspectives conference in Vienna

Vienna, 20 - 24 March - CDRSEE’s Corinna Noack-Aetopulos as well as two members of our History Education Committee, Snjezana Koren and Dubravka Stojanovic, were invited to speak at an international history perspectives conference in Vienna.

The conference, which gathered academics, researchers and educators from around the world from March 20 to 22, 2014, was entitled “The First World War in Central European Memory -- Trans/national Perspectives, European Contexts”.

Ms. Noack-Aetopulos, CDRSEE’s Programmes Director, presented the CDRSEE’s flagship project, the Joint History Project, which was specifically included as a “Good Example” of Transnational History Projects.

The conference also included discussions on national narratives and current educational approaches. Dr. Stojanovic, also of University of Belgrade, was a guest in the discussion on “The First World War in Central European Memory: Perspectives on the Years 1914–1918: Hungary, Austria and Serbia”.  Dr. Stojanovic also moderated a working group on education approaches in the classroom.

Dr. Koren, also of the University of Zagreb, moderated a working group on Transnational Projects/Perspectives, and Ms. Noack-Aetopulos was the Rapporteur for the group.

 

31Mar

Apply for a spot in Hands on the Balkans!

28 March 2014 – Applications are now being accepted for the Hands on the Balkans program, a blend of skill-building and field-experience seminars set to take place this coming summer in Belgrade, Serbia.

The seminars are geared to provide emerging professionals, as well as students and graduates of political science, with on-site educational experience in international development in the Balkans and to hone their skills as policymakers, practitioners of international development, civil servants, and civil society activists.

The seminars will take place July 11 to 21, and August 15 to 25. For more information on program activities, as well as applying, check out our Web site at http://www.hobseminar.com and our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hobseminar. Some funding will be available to select applicants.

There will be three application rounds. Deadlines for each are April 30th, May 31st, and June 10th, 2014. To apply, send your CV, contact information and the seminar you are interested in attending to office@hobseminar.com. Please direct any questions to the same email address, and we will get back to you quickly!

31Mar

CDRSEE to Host Panel Discussion at 24th Economic Forum in Poland

The CDRSEE has partnered with the Institute for Eastern Studies from Warsaw to cooperate in the organisation of a discussion panel, Are Divided Memories a Threat to a United Europe?

The Panel will be part of the 24th Economic Forum to be held between September 2 - 4, 2014 in Krynica Zdroj, Poland. The CDRSEE will gather a small group of prominent individuals to speak at the panel. The speakers, representing different countries and backgrounds, will constitute of politicians, businessmen, journalists, NGO representatives, and academics with profound knowledge on the panel’s theme. The panel will be moderated by the CDRSEE’s executive director or other senior official.

The Forum will address the social, political, and economic consequences of the global crisis and challenge the established economic theory that has been the staple of financial institutions throughout Europe. Discussion will also center on Europe’s revision to social policy, as well as relations with emerging economic powers, competitiveness, and the development of a stronger and more durable economy.

Read more about the 24th Economic Forum here: http://www.forum-ekonomiczne.pl/

26Mar

CDRSEE' Executive Director at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Sarajevo, 18-20 March – The NATO Parliamentary Assembly invited the CDRSEE’s Executive Director, Nenad Sebek, to speak at its 85th ROSE-ROTH Seminar held in Sarajevo.

Parliamentarians, ministers, military officers and policy makers attended the seminar, on “Security and Democratisation in the Western Balkans: Consolidating Stability, Pushing Reforms”.

Mr. Sebek  provided attendees with a view from civil society on “The Prospects for EU and NATO Enlargement in the Western Balkans”. He was one of four on a panel discussing the civil society angle.

 

07Mar

CDRSEE Launches Seminars in International Development in Belgrade

March 6, 2014, Belgrade - We have just launched our most recent initiative, Hands on the Balkans (HoB). Hands on the Balkans is a blend of skill building and field experience seminars set to take place this coming summer in Belgrade, Serbia. The seminars are geared to provide emerging professionals, as well as students and graduates of political science, with on-site educational experience in international development in the Balkans and hone their skills as policymakers, practitioners of international development, civil servants, and civil society activists.

We are implementing these seminars because we deem it essential that emerging professionals and practitioners of social sciences have actual field-based experience to compliment their academic education. Over the course of our 15-year existence, we have often come across policymakers, practitioners of international development, civil servants, and civil society activists who lack critical knowledge and are unfamiliar with the politics of the regions and communities they are operating in. In order to understand the realpolitik of transition and development, practitioners working in the region and beyond require a reliable means of contact with relevant actors on the field. Direct access and contact with local organizations, NGOs, politicians, and journalists in tune with a supplementary program curriculum would be valuable in equipping practitioners of the region with the tools to solve major policy issues, as well as with helping them gain a heightened awareness of the organization, personnel, and services of government as they relate to development.

We have secured funding for a limited number of participants. To read more about the seminars, nominate or apply, visit the HoB web and Facebook pages.

www.hobseminar.com

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