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27Nov

13-15 November 2012: Alps Adriatic Conference, Peace Education, Villach, Austria

 

Organised by the Centre for Peace Research and Peace Education (Alps-Adriatic University of Klagenfurt), this event aimed to initiate long-term trans-border cooperations on a university level as well as on a school and non-school level, to develop and initiate of an “Alps-Adriatic Youth Association (YAAA)” following the example of the “German-French Youth Association” and the “German-Polish Youth Association” as an example to other similar European border regions.

Nenad Sebek, Executive Director of the CDRSEE, was invited to take part in the workshop on Conflict Transformation and, in particular, to present the JHP as an illustration of teaching materials for the promotion of peace.

Other topics of presentations, panels and workshops during the conference included: History of the region and its minorities, Culture of Remembrance/Politics of Memory, Culture of Peace Global Learning, Multilingualism, Trans-borderTeaching and School Development, and Peace Education.

21Nov

9-11 November 2012: Shared teacher training event for Albanian and Serbian communities in South Serbia Part II, Bujanovac

 

The second workshop of shared teacher training in South Serbia took place in Bujanovac and followed up on the positive experiences of the first workshop in Vranje in June of this year.  This time, 19 teachers worked in mixed groups and proved that different ethnic backgrounds-even in this sensitive area-do not constitute a barrier to successful co-operation. The trainers team consisted of two young professionals from the University of Tirana, Dr. Andi Pinari and Dr. Ermal Baze, who worked together with a Serbian historian from the Institute of History in Belgrade, Dr. Goran Miloradovic, two Serbian history teachers from our history teacher network and an Albanian history teacher from Montenegro.

Several positive and enthusiastic comments were made by teachers, such as: "I am participating in this seminar from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on a weekend because I believe that if I understand at least 80% of what is taught here and if I can pass on 25% of it to my students, then I believe we can create a better future". Another participant said "We should re-think who deserves to be called a ‘hero’ - someone who destroys, or someone who creates? Some of our heroes did terrible things to other ethnicities."  Participants stated that meeting each other was a strong motivational element in pushing for more tolerance within the communities, a tolerance that grows from personal experience and therefore stands on solid grounds.
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.