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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. 

12Sep

8-10 September 2012: Teacher Training Workshops, Przno

 

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. 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.

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. The workshops, implemented in cooperation with the Bureau for Education Services, were moderated by Vanja Vukovic. They were guided by prominent Montenegrin historian Zivko Andrijasevic, historian and one of the two editors of the Montenegrin language edition - Dragutin Papovic, Professor of Psychology Vesna Milovic, Professors of history Vesna Kovacevic and Ljiljana Bajcetic. Also present was Cristina Koulouri, series editor of the JHP workbooks and Chair of the History Education Committee (HEC) of the CDRSEE.

For information on the workshops in Montenegrin from the Ministry of Education, please click here.

02Sep

1 September 2012 - Kosovo (UNSCR 1244) Sources Meeting, Thessaloniki

Members of the History Education Committee (HEC), Professors Christina Koulouri (Chair), Bozo Repe, Halil Berktay and Helian Demiri met with Professors Frasher Demaj, Jusuf Bajraktari and Fehmi Rexhepi and the CDRSEE to discuss additions to the Kosovo sources for the compilation of the Joint History Project workbooks.

Following the outcome of the first Sources Committee on 13 February 2011, whereby a report that presented a structured overview of available sources, overlaps and gaps was presented to the editors, this second meeting of academics refined the analysis further in order to produce a final compilation of sources.

02Sep

1 September 2012 - Kosovo (UNSCR 1244) Sources Meeting, Thessaloniki

Members of the History Education Committee (HEC), Professors Christina Koulouri (Chair), Bozo Repe, Halil Berktay and Helian Demiri met with Professors Frasher Demaj, Jusuf Bajraktari and Fehmi Rexhepi and the CDRSEE to discuss additions to the Kosovo sources for the compilation of the Joint History Project workbooks.

Following the outcome of the first Sources Committee on 13 February 2011, whereby a report that presented a structured overview of available sources, overlaps and gaps was presented to the editors, this second meeting of academics refined the analysis further in order to produce a final compilation of sources.

26Jul

21 July 2012 - Alpbach IG Workshop: Youth's role in the development of democracy, Belgrade

 

The CDRSEE was invited to take part in this event to discuss the importance of youth for democracy, their role and responsibilities for the future of the region and the needs and challenges they have in common when participating in democratic decision-making processes.

In particular, the CDRSEE mentioned how both the Joint History Project and Vicinities project dealt with the difficulties Civil Society NGOs had in dealing with overcoming the past in the region.

03Jul

28 June 2012: Panel discussion on EU and Western Balkan relations, Brussels

The European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) in cooperation with the CDRSEE and the European Policy Center (EPC), organized a panel discussion on EU and Western Balkan relations on Thursday, 28 June 2012. Topics discussed included promises made by EU regarding the integration of the Western Balkan states in the European Union, the success of Democracy in the region, the progress made towards EU integration, future challenges related to a future within the EU, and the uncertainties and changing perceptions the region currently faces.

Panellists included Director General of the EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefano Sanino, Deputy of Croatian President Josipovic for Southeast Europe Romana Vlahutin, Executive Director of the EFB Hedvig Morvai, Roza Balfur, political analyst at the EPC, Executive Director of the CDRSEE Nenad Sebek, and journalist Tim Juda from the London weekly paper "The Economist". For more information, click here for an article published in DANAS magazine.