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.




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 aimed at strengthening the voice of young people of Europe so that it can be clearly heard. The creation of the website about a Europe without Crisis, proves that young people are ready to build a stable constructive foundation with ambitions, better perspectives and inspirations.


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.

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


29-31 March 2013 - JHP Teacher Training in Krusevac


The weekend Joint History Project training seminar, “Teaching Southeast European History”, that was offered to schools in Krusevac and surrounding municipalities, sparked unexpectedly robust interest amongst teachers in the region. The CDRSEE initially offered 20 places and finally accommodated 34 participants in order to respond to the huge demand.

Sixty sets of the CDRSEEE’s innovative teaching materials were donated to teachers. The materials include a guide that provides ideas on how original historical source materials can be used for comparative history classes that stimulate critical-thinking skills. During the seminar, teachers practiced using the materials and created a range of model lessons for their colleagues. Goran Miloradovic, CDRSEE’s long standing partner and chief trainer, also introduced techniques for interpreting historical photographic materials in classes.

The seminar was funded by the European Union under the IPA programme and by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. It is part of a regional initiative that empowers history teachers in Southeast Europe to use modern teaching methods and multi-perspective materials in their classrooms, thus enabling them to deal with the events of the past, in a manner that breaks the pattern of ethnocentric and stereotypical history teaching.  


28 March 2013, Tirana: Another Successful launch of the 2nd Edition of the Albanian Language JHP workbooks


The CDRSEE successfully launched the 2nd Edition of the Albanian Language JHP workbooks in Tirana, as the Joint History Project continues its very important mission of enhancing history teaching across the region. At the Tirana International Hotel, the panel welcomed the Minister of Education, Mr Myqerem Tafaj; the CDRSEE Board Chairman, Dr Erhard Busek; JHP- Local Language Editor, Mr Helian Demiri; Advisor to the Prime Minister on Educational Issues, Mr Bardhyl Musai, and the CDRSEE’s Executive Director, Mr Nenad Sebek. The moderator of the discussions was the Vice Dean of the Faculty of History and Philology of Tirana University, researcher and historian, Professor Valentina Duka.

Among the representatives from local and international civil society organizations who attended the event, the CDRSEE had the honour of the presence of the Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Paskal Milo.


26 March 2013, Pristina: Successful launch of the 2nd Edition of the Albanian Language JHP workbooks


The CDRSEE successfully launched in Pristina the 2nd Edition of the Albanian Language JHP workbooks, as the Joint History Project continued its important mission to enhance history teaching across the region and in Kosova in particular. In the elegant Swiss Diamond Hotel, a panel of distinguished guests joined numerous representatives from local and international civil society organisations, donors, as well as the teachers and their students who directly benefit, to praise the new edition. 

The panel consisted of: Deputy Minister of Education, Mr Nehat Mustafa; CDRSEE Board Chairman, Dr Erhard Busek; IHP Executive Director, Mr Frasher Demaj; KEC Executive Director, Mr Dukagjin Pupovci; CDRSEE Executive Director, Mr Nenad Sebek. The moderator of the discussion was the prominent journalist, Mr Baton Haxhiu.

The guests outlined once again the importance of the JHP in building peace and reconciliation for the entire region and especially for Kosovo.


Croatian Radio Television (HRT) to join Vicinities


7 March 2013 - Following a meeting with Acting Chief Editor of HRT (Croatian Radio Television) Domagoj Novokmet and Executive Director of CDRSEE, Nenad Sebek, HRT is yet another broadcaster to join the current affairs of TV series "Vicinities".

As with the previous partner, Kapital Network TV, we wish for a successful and fruitful cooperation.