CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND RECONCILIATION IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Perspectives for the CDRSEE

Climate change, at least in Southeast Europe, seems to have abolished spring and autumn. We seem to go straight from winter into the summer and vice versa. And so, after a long hot summer, the Balkans are still waiting for a little mild weather! And no, I am not referring to elections, the political climate, progress or lack of progress towards the EU, just the weather!

Chairman's conclusions

In follow up to the EU Programme for the Prevention of violent Conflicts endorsed by the European Council at Goteborg, the Greek Presidency convened a seminar in Athens on 5 & 6 May 2003 on lessons in conflict prevention learned from the Western Balkans. This seminar was jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy and the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeastern Europe.