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20Nov

17-19 November 2012: Teacher Training Workshops, Tuzla

 

The CDRSEE’s Joint History Project continued to expand its reach with another teacher-training workshop, this time in Bosnia and Herzegovina. With the financial support of the European Commission’s IPA programme, 24 teachers were shown the multi-perspective history teaching methods that have helped make the JHP such a success.

The participant teachers learned how to create their own lesson plans, tailored to their schools and their students, incorporating the JHP workbooks. The JHP, through its teacher training and workbooks, helps educators across the Balkans give their students engaging history lessons that encourage critical thinking and debate, recognize shared suffering and achievement, and provide the base for life-long democratic values.

The workshops were carried out in cooperation with Dzevdet Tuzlic and the associations of history teachers. They were moderated by four trainers: historians Nijazija Maslak and Munib Efendić, and teachers Admir Ibricic and Zivana Ilic.

 

07Nov

2-4 November 2012: Teacher Training Workshops, Podgorica

 

The workshops, funded under the IPA programme of the European Commission, welcomed 20 teachers and provided them with an opportunity to learn about the JHP methodologies and familiarise themselves with the workbooks.

As with all the JHP workshops, the training aimed at allowing history teachers to provide their pupils with participative, balanced and critical lessons, to foster tolerance and mutual understanding among the next generation of SEE citizens. It was with great enthusiasm and creativity that the participants learned how to create their own model lessons so as to consolidate their new skills for further use in class.

The workshops, implemented in cooperation with the Bureau for Education Services, were moderated by six trainers: historians Zivko Andrijasevic and Dragutin Papovic, pscyhologist Vesna Milovic and teachers Ljiljana Bajcetic, Vesna Kovacevic and Rade Vujovic.

Also present was Vanja Vukovic, president of the history teacher association (HIPMONT) which the CDRSEE supports.

29Oct

(Euro)pe, an open-end crisis - What is the vision for Europe in the 21 century?

The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO), together with the Institut d'études politiques (IEP) de Grenobles, Chair for South-East European History at the Humboldt University, and the CDRSEE are piloting a project dialogue between young French, Greek and German citizens. With this initiative it wants to explore and enable a deeper analysis of how the young generation perceives the crisis, and offers to discuss its views with public policy makers and private economy decision takers.          

The CDRSEE invites Greek PhD students to apply for participation. Please send your requests of interest by 5 November 2012 to antonis@cdsee.org and elena@cdsee.org.

22Oct

7-13 October 2012: Third international workshop and study trip - Dealing with difficult pasts in the Western Balkans and Western Europe - Platform for Trans-European exchange and cooperation, France

 

The CDRSEE’s Director of Programmes Corinna Noack-Aetopulos was invited to attend this event organized by the French-German Youth Office, the Youth Initiative for Human Rights BiH, Documenta-Centar for Dealing with the past (Croatia) and the Centre Andre Malraux in Sarajevo.

This event included visits to memorials, battlefields, internment camps, and was interspersed with presentations by historians on public remembrances in France, the Shoah, current challenges in the field of memorialization, constructing the future with and despite the past, and testimonials.

As part of its mission of fostering reconciliation, the CDRSEE is fully committed to taking part in such events.

19Oct

15-17 October 2012: NATO Parliamentary Assembly, 81st NATO PA Rose-Roth Seminar - Anchoring Stability in the Western Balkans: Fulfilling the Promise of Euro-Atlantic Integration, Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

The CDRSEE was invited to take part in this event to discuss whether European Union Membership is still a magnet for the Western Balkans.

Other issues discussed dealt with the economic situation and prospects for regional cooperation, energy policies, strengthening the rule of law, Euro-Atlantic integration, perspectives for NATO enlargement in the Western Balkans, political developments and the future in Serbia, prospects for defense, and the future of the international presence in Kosovo.

16Oct

11-14 October 2012: Regional conference for scholarship holders from South-East Europe and Germany - Learning from the Past: Remembering and Reconciliation in Europe, Sarajevo

The CDRSEE was invited to take part in this event hosted by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation.

The aim of this conference was to gather policy and opinion makers and scholarship holders for in-depth discussions on reconciliation in Europe: experiences from Germany, France and Poland, a country analysis of prejudices and clichés (how they were generated and how they can be overcome), the past in Southeast Europe – challenges and approaches, and discussions on conflicts and the past through four working groups, with Nenad Sebek as moderator for the working group on Reconciliation and Journalism, whereby the CDRSEE's Joint History Project was presented as a successful model for fostering reconciliation in the region.

 

01Oct

28-30 September 2012: Launch of the second JHP Bosnian language edition and Teacher Training Workshops, Sarajevo

 

Following the highly successful launch of the second Bosnian language edition of the Joint History Project with extensive news coverage by main Bosnian television broadcasters (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtRlBaMKT8c), the workshops, funded under the IPA programme of the European Commission, welcomed teachers and provided them with an opportunity to learn about the JHP methodologies and familiarise themselves with the workbooks. The participants were assisted in creating their own model lessons based on the training, so as to consolidate their new skills for further use in class.

The workshops, implemented in cooperation with Dzevdet Tuzlic and the Association of History Teachers HIP BIH (Sarajevo), were moderated by Enes Milak, editor of the Bosnian language edition. They were guided by historians Nijazija Maslak and Munib Efendić who both provided working documents opening a discussion on the life of women and children during war, and Vesna Milovic, psychology professor from Montenegro who used conflict resolution skills when applying the lessons. As with all the JHP workshops, the training aimed at allowing history teachers to provide their pupils with participative, balanced and critical lessons, to foster tolerance and mutual understanding among the next generation of SEE citizens.

24Sep

21-23 September - 2012: Third meeting of the initiative "Dynamic teaching: knowledge and tools", Sarajevo

The international team of cognitive psychologists and education experts from the Western Balkans, Cyprus, Germany and the US continued its work on building capacities that would bring education more in line with the requirements of a rapidly changing society. The team is currently producing a manual for teachers with the aim of providing guidance for moving from teaching techniques to learning techniques.

The team is led by Professor Lorin Anderson who is well known for his revision of Bloom's Taxonomy. A special Guest at the meeting was Professor Hasim Basic from the University of Sarajevo.

The establishment of the regional knowledge pool on tools that can make education more effective has been inspired by the CDRSEE’s teachers’ network within the framework of the Joint History Project. The first draft of the manual was tested in a Focus Group with teachers in Sarajevo, and prompted to potential benefits and limitations for generating change in Southeast European classrooms. The committee will establish five more focus groups of teachers in Albania, Croatia, Kosovo UN1244, Montenegro and Serbia by the end of October. 

The manual will be available in English by the end of 2012 and will then be translated into Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian in 2013.