28-30 October, 2011: History Education Meeting in Petrovaradin, Serbia

The Joint History Project’s History Education Committee continued its push to expand this highly successful history book series to cover more recent times. During a three-day meeting in Petrovaradin, the Committee discussed the strengths and weaknesses of current history curricula and made great strides in developing themes and topics for the new additions to the JHP series. The fruitful meeting was the second of three made possible by the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The third will be held in mid-December.

October 19, 2011: "Remembrance Culture, Politics of Memory and Education in Europe", Vienna


Some of the most accomplished educators and researchers from the region and from the United States gathered in Thessaloniki to create the framework for a new dynamic teaching methodology tool. This talented, multi-faceted group will ultimately publish a manual that will provide teachers with the latest research on teaching methods and ideas on how these methods can be used in their classrooms.

While this project builds upon CDRSEE's highly successful Joint History Project, the information and ideas within will not be limited to history classes, but rather will be focused on the art of teaching in a rapidly changing society.

The manual will be translated into six different languages. This was the first meeting, with the next scheduled for spring 2012 in Tirana.

The project is funded by the European Union, under the IPA Programme.


3-4 September 2011: History Education Committee meeting in Belgrade

The Joint History Project’s History Education Committee began making exciting new plans for further development of the JHP series, in the first of three History Education Committee meetings in Belgrade. The committee members gathered from all over Southeast Europe to discuss new needs of the JHP. The committee, the most respected team of historians in the region, said their success to date is due to their spirit of team work, and vowed to continue working in close cooperation. The next meeting will be held in late October, and the final meeting in the series in mid-December. All meetings are held in Belgrade and are made possible by the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the “Civil Society Advocacy Initiative” program, implemented by the Institute for Sustainable Communities. 

1-3 July 2011: Teacher Training Workshop in Subotica

The JHP keeps up its pace in Serbia, with its upcoming workshop in Subotica on 2-3 July! The workshop, funded under the IPA programme of the European Commission, will welcome 29 teachers and provide them with an opportunity to learn about the JHP methodologies and familiarise themselves with the workbooks. 

The participants will be 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 will aim 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 workshop, implemented in cooperation with the Croatian National Council in Subotica, will be guided by Goran Miloradovic, from the Association for Social History (Belgrade). Mr. Miloradovic, CDRSEE's long-standing partner and experienced trainer, will work jointly with Kresimir Erdelja, key member of the History Education Committee, and member of the CDRSEE's implementing partner (HUNP) in Zagreb.

June 2011 - JHP in Montenegro

Montenegro is one more country which will join the JHP and which will, in its own language, offer to its teachers and students a new manner of understanding history. Two prominent Montenegrin historians, Zvezdan Folic and Dragutin Papovic, are editors of the Montenegro language edition which will be printed by the end of the year. It is also our pleasure to collaborate with the Ministry of Education and the Institute for textbooks as a co publisher.



30 May - 1 June 2011: Set up meetings in Tirana, Albania

CDRSEE kick started the next phase of the Joint History Project (JHP) in Albania, with a series of meetings with partners and local authorities. More specifically, the CDRSEE met important actors in the education sector such as the Center for Democratic Education and the History Teaching Association in Albania, as well as the Educational Advisor of the Prime Minister and the Head of European Integration at the Ministry of Education. The aim of these meetings was to draw up an action plan that will ensure successful implementation of the JHP in an inclusive and cooperative manner. The JHP in Albania strongly benefits from the valuable contributions of its local representatives Mr. Helian Demiri, who is the Editor of the Albanian language version of the JHP Alternative Educational Materials and Dr. Valentina Duka from the Faculty of History and Philology at the University of Tirana.

20 May 2011: CDRSEE donates books


On 20 May 2011, the CDRSEE made two donations to two local institutions in Subotica, the heartland of the Croatian national minority in Serbia. The donations were organised by a supporter of the JHP, Mr. Gojko Miskovic.

The first donation was made to the City Library of Subotica, and was received by the Director of the Library, Mr Dragan Rokvic. It consisted of a number of sets of JHP books in the Serbian, English, Greek, Macedonian, Croatian, Turkish and Albanian languages. Mr. Rokvic was very grateful for the donation, and said upon receiving the books that they are sure to make a popular read.

The second donation was to the Croatian National Council in Serbia. The CDRSEE donated 12 sets of JHP books in the Croatian language, as well as a couple in the Serbian and English languages.

The event was witnessed by local and Croatian media, and the Chair of the Croatian National Council, Mr Slaven Bacic , received the books with great interest and expressed his gratitude for the donation.


1-7 May 2011: CDRSEE takes part in Regional Conference, Belgrade

The CDRSEE was invited to participate by the YIHR (Youth Initiative Human Rights) to the conference Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina – yesterday, today, tomorrow, which took place between 1 and 7 May 2011 in Belgrade, Serbia. Prominent people from the political, judiciary, media and academic circles discussed the problems which burden the two societies as well as the solutions which would lead to better neighbourly relations and trust. Find out more about the event and the YIHR at