HISTORY EDUCATION AND REGIONAL POLICY HARMONIZATION

17-20 November 2005, Pristina, Kosovo
“REMEMBER FOR THE FUTURE” CONFERENCE 2005

Auf dem Weg zu einem neuen Geschichtsunterricht in Südosteuropa (auf Deutsch)
Von Dr. Sören Phillips , Universität Hannover

Creating New Approaches to History Teaching in South Eastern Europe (in English)
By Dr. Sören Phillips, University of Hannover

Kosovo

The “Remember for the Future” conference comes as a consequence of all activities of the regional History Project 2005 with an intention to discuss the present trends and the future of history education and confront issues raised during the project implementation.

From May to October 2005, four teacher trainings took place in four different countries of the region (Albania, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia). Each of the trainings revolved around a specific topic and aimed at developing and upgrading various skills as well as exploring innovative methods intended for enriching the history curriculum. In overall, 70 history teachers were trained (some of them attending more than one activity) coming from 9 countries of the region.

The conference was held from 17-20 of November, and over the course of four days it created grounds for collaboration of a wide array of experts including historians, history teachers, experts from the ministries of education, representatives of diverse institutions dealing with non-formal history education, memorial and museum employees, and others who actively strive to make history a medium for change in the societies of the SEE countries.

Kosovo

The invitees came prepared to share present trends of history education and to discuss and tackle various challenges that are facing us in the near future. Around 3-4 representative coming from the already mentioned institutions from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, and Romania were invited to contribute to the history teaching discourse and practice as it considerably determines the future of peoples and states as well as the integration processes of the Balkan countries into the EU. Moreover, some of the trained teachers had the opportunity to lead a workshop and present methods to participants that were elaborated during the course of the year.

Lastly, the participants were presented with the Open Space Technology method, and invited to create tangible initiatives for the purposes of enhancing the quality of history education in their locality and in Balkans in general.

The diversity and knowledge in the conference room allowed for the creation of three insightful and practicable propositions as a potential added value to the field of history education. Besides benefiting from sharing experiences and knowledge, the participants left the conference eager to partake and commit to the projects they developed. The subsequent feedback received, suggests that the Open Space Technology workshop and the conference itself was deemed a great success by participants and speakers alike.

PROGRAM AND PPPs

17 NOVEMBER 2005 / THURSDAY

Up to 15:00 Arrival
15:00 – 16:00 Welcome speech
  • Mr. Ramadan Aliu, Education of Adults in Kosovo
16:00 – 17:00 Opening speeches
  • Mr . Fevzi Berisha, Deputy-Minister of MEST
  • Dr. Johann Schrumpf, UNMIK
History project and aims of the conference
  • Ms. Vanya Ivanova, History Project Coordinator, Bulgaria
17:00 Cocktail & City History Museum
19:30 Welcome Dinner

18 NOVEMBER 2005 / FRIDAY

9:00 – 11:00 Some History Project Results 2005
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 13:00 History Teaching and the Experience of the Candidate Countries
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 History Teaching Experiences in Countries from the Region
16:00 – 16:30 Break
16:30 – 18:30

19 NOVEMBER 2005 / SATURDAY

9:00 – 11:00 New Dimensions & History Teaching
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 13:30 Researches in the Region in Use of History Teaching
  • Parishes and Orthodox Priests in Bulgaria, Mr. Christian Geiselmann (Researcher, UNI-Munich, Munich)
  • Historical Sites of Consciousness and Historical Memory, Prof. Dr. Karmit Zysman (Founder, Discovery Center,Kosovo)
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:00 Parallel Workshops
17:00 – 17:30 Break
17:30 – 18:30 Feedback in Plenary
20:00 Dinner at Villa Germia

20 NOVEMBER 2005 / SUNDAY

9:00 – 11:00 Opening Space for History Education and Regional Policy Harmonization – Open Space Technology and Planning for the Future
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 13:00 Final discussion and evaluation
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch & Departure

The conference was led by Ms. Vanya Ivanova, IIZ DVV-Sofia, with the support of the Adult Education Association of Kosovo (ARrK).

The report was prepared by Ms. Ana Milanovic, IIZ DVV-Sofia.


13 - 16 October 2005 - Everyday Life Before And After The Fall Of Communism

Teacher Training IV 2005, Ljubljana-Maribor, Slovenia

Slovenia
  • Teachers experienced exchange, knowledge and practice of adult education while taking part in Lifelong Learning Week in Ljubljana;
  • They discussed and created different approaches of teaching at school about Communism;
  • The participants had the chance to work on a controversial topic and experienced interactive environment;
  • They created the ground for dialog and understanding regarding the intercultural dimension in multicultural communities;
  • They worked on the awareness that being part of EU is a gradual process in which education and active citizenship play an important role.

PROGRAM

13 OCTOBER 2005 / THURSDAY

Up to 12:00 Arrival in Ljubljana
14:00 – 19:00 Lifelong Learning Week in Slovenia – taking part in the Day of Open Door at the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education
19:30 Dinner (in City Hotel)

14 OCTOBER 2005 / FRIDAY

9:00 – 11:00 Ljubljana in History & The City Museum
11:30 – 13:00 Official Opening of the Lifelong Learning Week and Presentation of SIAE Awards for Outstanding Achievements in Adult Learning
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
15:00 – 19:00 9th Adult Education Colloquium: Effective education and learning for active citizenship
19:00 Departure to Maribor

15 OCTOBER 2005 / SATURDAY

9:00 – 11:00 Communism: Defining Terms and Concepts
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 13:00 Before & After Communism: Pro and Contra
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 How we Teach about Communism? Vs.
How to Teach about Communism?
16:00 – 16:30 Break
16:30 – 17:30 Student’s and Teacher’s Life Before and After
17:30 – 19:30 Discovering Places
20:00 Dinner

16 OCTOBER 2005 / SUNDAY

9:00 – 11:00 Media as a Modern History Writer
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 13:00 Teaching about Communism
13.30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30- 16:30 Final discussion & Evaluation
After 17:00 Departure

Input and moderation:
Dr. Andrej Hozjan, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Vasja Rovsnik, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Vanya Ivanova, IIZDVV – Regional office - Sofia


Accommodation in Ljubljana: Accommodation in Maribor:
CITYHOTEL Ljubljana
Dalmatinova 15
+ 386 1 23 49 130
www.cityhotel.si
OREL City Hotel Maribor
Grajski trg 3a
+ 386 2 25 06 700
www.termemb.si
Slovenian Institute for Adult Education
Smartinska 134a
Ljubljana
Phone: + 386 1 5842 560 www.acs.si

1 - 6 July 2005 - From Seed To Fruit Doing And Teaching An Oral History Research Project
Teacher Training III 2005, Sibiu-Fagaras, Romania

Aims of the seminar:

Romania
  • Providing the basis for doing Oral History
  • Enable teaching Oral History as a result of theoretical and practical experience
  • Develop key abilities and skills for a wider range of professional fields of work by using Oral History as a multidisciplinary method
  • Experience exchange and knowledge transfer between participants. Create a network for dissemination and information circuit among practitioners
  • Create the ground for dialog and understanding regarding the intercultural dimension in multicultural communities
  • Create the awareness that being part of EU is a gradual process in which culture, education and an active citizenship play an important role.

Teacher Training Report - Word 165 KB
Teacher Training Materials - Word 133 KB


PROGRAM

1 JULY 2005 / FRIDAY

Up to 17:00 Arrival & Accommodation
17:00 – 19:00 Introduction
Who am I and Why am I here for?
What did I bring with me and what will I take?
Sharing understanding: definition, role and place of Oral History. History versus Oral History?
19:00 Dinner

2 JULY 2005 / SATURDAY

9:00 – 11:00 The research
Stages of an Oral History project
The reality of a fruit lays in the idea of a fruit: finding the research theme
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 13:00 Sources and resources: Planning the strategy and finding resources for the research
Identifying and selecting information sources
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Contributions and limitations of various information sources
16:00 – 16:30 Break
16:30 – 19:00 Discovering places and people - rally through the old city of Sibiu
19:00 Dinner

3 JULY 2005 / SUNDAY

9:00 – 11:00 Eye witnesses and Interviews
The eye witnesses - the focus of Oral Historians
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 13:00 Subjectivity and objectivity in interviewing
All about an interview: before, during and after
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Setting, equipment and crew
The interview guide: what questions to ask Conducting the interview: DOs and DON’Ts Concluding the interview
Preparing for the interview with an eye witness
19:00 Dinner

4 JULY 2005 / MONDAY

9:00 – 12:00 Working visits:
The German Forum
  • Institute for Social and Human Sciences
  • City Hall of Sibiu
12:30 Departure from Sibiu
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 15:00 Visit at the Monastery “Simbata de Sus”– the role of the monastery during the anticommunist resistance
15.00 – 18.00 Conducting the interview - in practice
Learning by doing: interview with the leader of the Anticommunist resistance Group from Fagaras
19.00 Accommodation & Dinner in Fagaras

5 JULY 2005 / TUESDAY

9:00 – 10:30 Presenting Oral History
From sound to paper: transcribing and editing Who is my target group?
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 13:00 What am I presenting, How and Where?
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
15.00 – 16.15 Examples of good-practice
Workshop at the “Negru Voda” Cultural Foundation
A project in the make: the Anticommunist Resistance Museum in Fagaras
16.15 – 16.30 Break
16.30 – 17.30 Conclusions, feed-back and evaluatio
17.30 - 18.30 Visit at the medieval Fort in Fagaras
20.00 Farewell dinner

6 JULY 2005 / WEDNESDAY - DEPARTURE

Input and moderation:
Prof. Drs Iulia Pop, collaborator at the Oral History Institute, „Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca
Researcher Drs Cosmin Budeanca, Oral History Institute, „Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca
Ioana Florescu, IIZ/DVV - Romania
Vanya Ivanova, IIZDVV – Regional office - Sofia


9. - 12. June 2005 - The Balkans Between Stigmatization and European Integration
Teacher Training II 2005, Bankia, Bulgaria

Bankia

The seminar aims at:

  • Presenting Europe as something that is not utopian , but tangible
  • Presenting Europe as a concrete issue for education
  • Affirming that all Europeans are active creators of the idea of Europe, and European identity

Bankia Teacher Training Report (Word 114 KB)

PROGRAM

9 JUNE 2005 / THURSDAY

Up to 17:00 Arrival of the participants & Accommodation
17:00 – 17:30 Welcome and aims of the training
Getting to know each other Expectations
17:30 – 18:30 Intro to the Topic
19:30 Welcome Dinner

10 JUNE 2005 / FRIDAY

9:30 – 11:00 Europe and its Regions
North/South – East/West
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 13:00 The Balkans – A Region in Europe
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Pro- and Contra- Balkan Identity
16:00 – 16:30 Break
16:30 – 18:30 Switching Images and Identities

11 JUNE 2005 / SATURDAY

9:30 – 11:00 Expanding European Union I
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 13:00 Expanding European Union II
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 They are here: EU on the Balkans
16:00 – 17:00 Closing round discussion

12 JUNE 2005 / SUNDAY - DEPARTURE

9:30 – 11:00 Teaching about EU 2025
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 13:00 Final discussion and evaluation
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
After 14:30 Free time
  Departure

Input and moderation: Prof. Assoc. Aleksei Kalionski (University of Sofia) & Prof. Assoc. Aleksandar Nikolov (University of Sofia) & Vanya Ivanova (IIZ/DVV, Bulgaria)


19. - 21. May 2005 - Oral History In The Classroom
Teacher Training I, Tirana, Albania

Tirana

Oral History as a teaching method is becoming more popular in many European countries. There are innovative teachers who use it to design classes where social interaction is encouraged with families and the local community. Students are asked to bring in family stories and explore the local community, to find resources and information from witnesses of historical events.

The aim of the training is to present the method and to show different ways of using it in the classroom. There will also be a discussion on what topics are appropriate, and how interactive methods can affect someone on a personal level. After experiencing oral history students bring to class not only the perspective of the witness, but also what they see, what they learn and what they feel. The method provokes curiosity and interest in the humanitarian field and especially in history teaching. It allows from emotional intelligence to successful students’ and social development.

Tirana Teacher Training Report (Word 117 KB)


Teachers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro and Slovenia will have the chance to share their experiences, gain new knowledge and skills, and create concrete steps in interactively teaching history in the region of SEE.

PROGRAM

19 MAY 2005 / THURSDAY

Up to 16:00 Arrival of the participants & Accommodation
16:00 – 17:00 Welcome and goals of the training
Getting to know each other Expectations
17:00 – 18:30 Oral History Method: Theory & Program
19:30 Welcome Dinner

20 MAY 2005 / FRIDAY

9:30 – 11:00 World Cafe & Oral History
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 13:00 Reflections on World cafe
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Interactive Approach in Teaching History
16:00 – 16:30 Break
16:30 – 20:00
20:00
Visit to the Fair of Life Long Learning
Dinner

21 MAY 2005 / SATURDAY

9:30 – 11:00 Experiential learning skills
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 13:00 Development of Lesson Plans: Planning for Experiential Learning in History through Oral History Method
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Challenges to Face in Oral History Teaching
16:30 – 18:00
18:00 – 20:00
20:00
Evaluation
Visit to the National Museum
Dinner

Tirana

22 MAY 2005 / SUNDAY – DEPARTURE

Task for the teachers: Present shortly what you know about Oral history. Do you use Oral History in your classroom? Give some examples. Is the usage of the method popular in your country?

Interactive approach, input and moderation: Prof. Assoc. Dr. Milika Dhamo (University of Albania) & Vanya Ivanova (IIZ/DVV, Bulgaria)

Accommodation at:
Hotel “Diplomat”
Rr. „ Muhamet Gjollesha“, Tirana, Albania
Tel.: 00355 4 258 468
Fax: 00355 4 230 457
www.hoteldiplomathy.com