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13Jun

8-9 June 2013, Gračanica, Joint History Project Teacher Training Workshop

In the historic setting of Gračanica, 20 Serb history teachers from Kosovo* gathered for a weekend of vigorous yet constructive discussion and debate on the Balkan past, as part of the Joint History Project’s teacher training workshop series. Complicated issues from the past, such as the Ottoman period, the building of Balkan nation states and propaganda, were put on the table and discussed openly only a stone’s throw away from Gračanica’s Medieval Orthodox monastery, whose historic importance was not left unmentioned by the participants.

With the help of four experienced trainers from Belgrade and Leskovac - Sandra Grbin Udovicic, Ljiljana Lazarevic, Aleksandar Todosijevic and Ivan Becic - the teachers worked in small groups, familiarizing themselves with the methodology and workbooks of the CDRSEE’s Joint History Project.  In the spirit of cooperation, the teachers were not mere listeners but active participants who demonstrated the results of their group work with public presentations, giving the others an opportunity to comment and ask further questions. Particularly inspiring was the input of the workshop moderator Goran Miloradovic, President of the Association for Social History in Belgrade.

The thematic group work, presentations and public discussions were well received by the history teachers, who worked hard practicing the participatory teaching methodology endorsed by the Joint History Project in Southeastern Europe. The Joint History Project was noticed by three local media outlets, which reported on the opening remarks of the two-day workshop. On the second day, the project was featured live on TV Most.

* 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.

03Jun

30-31 May 2013 - 4th Teacher Training Workshop in Podgorica, Montenegro

 

The fourth JHP workshop in Montenegro was completed with great success, with the participating teachers asking for more workbooks and opportunities to attend additional workshops. The CDRSEE, together with its local partner, the Bureau for Education Services, hosted 22 teachers in Podgorica for the last two days of May.  The participants showed great interest in the trainers' presentations, and discussed at length the successful use of the JHP workbooks in the classrooms.

The team of trainers comprised historian Prof. Dragutin Papovic,  psychologist Prof. Vesna Milovic and history teachers Ljiljana Bajcetic, Vesna Kovacevic, Rade Vujovic and Marc Juncaj.

The workshop was funded by the European Commission's IPA programme.

20May

17-19 May 2013 - 3rd TTW in Pula, Croatia.

 

The CDRSEE successfully completed the 3rd  Teacher Training Workshop in Croatia. Twenty history teachers from the beautiful Istria province gathered on May 18th and 19th in Pula and participated in another Joint History Project Workshop that CDRSEE organized in Croatia together with its local partners, the Croatian History Teachers Association (HUNP) and the Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency.

The teacher trainers Ms. Snjezana Koren, Mr. Kresimir Erdelja, Ms. Tamara Jankovic and Sonja Bancic delivered four model lessons that corresponded to the JHP workbooks. This way the participants were also introduced to new teaching methodologies demonstrating how they can use these workbooks in the classrooms.

The seminar was funded by the European Union under the IPA programme and by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

 

09May

9 May 2013 - The 8th Economic Forum of Young Leaders - from September 3rd - 6th in Nowy Sącz near Cracow (PL)

Das Economic Forum of Young Leaders is being held every year in Nowy SÄ…cz near Cracow (PL) - this year’s edition takes place from September 3rd - 6th. Trade mark of the conference are the top-class guest speakers from all over the world. However, it is the participants from over 40 countries from Norway to Azerbaijan who create the Forum’s spirit! In the previous years we were honored by the visits of, amongst others, Günter Verheugen and Lech WaÅ‚Ä™sa.

The young leaders meet annually in Poland to debate salient political, social and economic events. The mission of the Forum is to create ideas and a vision for the future of Europe. Almost 350 young and committed people from Europe and beyond take up this challenge every year.

The Forum follows an interdisciplinary approach - applications by activists of NGOs and youth organizations, business clubs and party members are as welcome as such from young entrepreneurs, scientists or journalists.

The program of the Forum consists of panel discussions, lectures, presentations, workshops, a reception in the town hall of Nowy Sacz and a banquet. Strategic partner of the Economic Forum of Young Leaders is the Economic Forum in Krynica. The Forum is broadcasted live by the team of transmisje.org.

Please apply for the Forum until May 17th by clicking on the link below: http://www.forum-leaders.eu/2013/application_form.php

In case of any questions the Forum team is happy to help you: http://www.forum-leaders.eu/forum/en-kontakt.php

 

 

30Apr

27-28 April 2013 - 2nd TTW, Beli Manastir, Croatia

 

A lively and young group of teachers from the Osijek-Baranja county in North-east Croatia gathered in the town of Beli Manastir just 16 Km from the boarders with Hungary for the second TTW in Croatia. In the last weekend of April (27-28/4) the 19 participants  were introduced to the JHP and trained to new methodologies by the trainners Mr. Kresimir Erdelja,  Ms. Snjezana Koren, Ms. Tamara Jankovic and Mr. Ivan Dukic.

The workshop was organized again with the support of the Croatian History Teachers Association (HUNP) and Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency.

 

 

26Apr

Euro(pe) Crisis without End?

 

It was in a spirit of cooperation and hope that 24 students from Greece, Germany and France gathered in Thessaloniki for the third and final part of this seminar.

The PhD, MA and BA students from different backgrounds and positions came together to listen, debate and create, as part of a meaningful and successful pilot project that allowed youth to take charge of their future and come up with solutions to the current global economic crisis. Through this unique and successful exchange, the leaders of tomorrow provided a reflection on and an analysis of concrete solutions for the crisis through the looking glass of diversity and open-mindedness.

The week in Thessaloniki was the culmination of a three-city project, Euro(pe) Crisis without End?, which included workshops in Berlin in December and Paris in March. The project was spearheaded by the French-German Youth Office (OFAJ/DFJW), the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe, Humboldt University of Berlin and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble (Sciences Po). The German and French Foreign Offices provided financial support

The conference was divided into three main topics: populism and the rise of extremism as a threat born of the crisis, the social price of the current economic situation, and how the young generation will overcome the obstacles in a creative and productive way. The Mayor of Thessaloniki, the German and French Consuls, prominent professors and journalists contributed by adding content to the students’ analysis and their path to reaching the final results. Thessaloniki functioned as a beneficial contributor to the future plans of the students. The students created a new movement, Demos Europa www.facebook.com/demos.europa aimed at strengthening the voice of young people of Europe so that it can be clearly heard. The creation of the website http://www.europewithoutcrisis.eu/en/ about a Europe without Crisis, proves that young people are ready to build a stable constructive foundation with ambitions, better perspectives and inspirations.

12Apr

Berlin, 10 April - Vicinities II in Berlin

 

Vicinities II, the second season of the region’s hard-hitting news talk show, impressed young government officials from the Western Balkans who not only saw the programme but also got a taste for what it might be like to be a guest.

Vicinities Editor in Chief Zvezdana Kovac, in Berlin, introduced the second season with a video montage from the show’s rehearsal and presented four key Vicinities guests, who engaged the young officials in lively debate and conversation about prejudice and identity, just as is expected on the show itself.

The guests were Ambassador Ernst Reichel, who spoke on behalf of Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Biljana Vankovska, Professor and Head of the MA Program in Peace and Development at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Skopje; Nenad Sebek, Executive Director for the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe; and Sandi Blagonic, a cultural anthropologist. The participants were part of the Fellowship for Young Government Officials in the Western Balkans, held in Berlin and Potsdam from April 5 to 16, and sponsored by the University of Potsdam and the European Fund for the Balkans.

Vicinities was the first news talk show to bring together guests from across the Balkans in one room, for a weekly debate and conversation about a topic of real relevance, broadcast simultaneously in a number of countries. All the guests spoke in their native tongue, as the languages are mutually understandable, and presented their own ideas and opinions. The result was real reconciliation and a critically acclaimed show that left viewers asking for more – leading to Vicinities II.

The second season will be even more ambitious – last count, eight TV channels across the region will broadcast the series, which will take on difficult but necessary topics.
08Apr

6-7 April 2013, Bihac - Joint History Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The CDRSEE's Joint History Project successfully completed the program's third Teacher-Training Workshop in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the active participation of 16 teachers from the Kanton of Una - Sana. CDRSEE organized the training session in the border town of Bihac on 6-7 April.

The teachers had the opportunity to benefit from the extensive experience of trainers Mr Nijazija Maslak and Mr Behrudin Besirevic, who presented three model lessons. They also received an introduction to the workbooks by Bosnian language editor Prof. Enes Milak and a firsthand account of using the workbooks in the classroom by Ms Nada Dakovic, teacher and former trainee.

The CDRSEE had the pleasure of hosting Mr. Senad Haurdic, advisor of the Pedagogical Institute and local partner, who spoke to teachers about the importance of multperspectivity in history teaching