Planning History Project 2009

18 – 21 December 2008, Sofia, Bulgaria

At the last days of December 2008 the Bulgarian core team and Mr Tommaso Diegoli gathered in Sofia to discuss the development of the History project in 2009.

Wishing all our colleagues and friends all the best for the New Year and will let you know soon on what has been discussed.


Oral History in the Classroom

13 - 14 December 2008
National History Seminar in Belgrade, Serbia

The history seminar had been held in Belgrade on 13th and 14th December 2008., for the first time organized on a national level in the organization of IZZ DVV office in Belgrade. The seminar gathered 16 history teachers mostly from the capital city of Serbia. The seminar "Oral history in the classroom" was moderated by the trainers Bojana Loncar and Jelena Zivkovic who had been trained in all the methods, they represented, on the DVV history project (2005-2008). The main aim of the seminar and workshops (World cafe, Rally method etc) was to broaden the history teachers? knowledge about the implementation of the Oral history method in their classrooms, through showing the theory, a practical work, an interactive methods and workshops. The teachers had chance for the first time to practice "World cafe method" and they were impressed by it. The seminar was attended by guest trainers Dimitrinka Arnaudova from Bulgaria and Teon Dzingo from Macedonia. The participants enjoyed their presentations and sharing an ideas about teaching history and using oral history method in the classroom. At the end of the seminar, the particiapants asked for more similiar seminars and stress the need for learning more about oral history and other useful methods which would improve their work in the classroom and make history more interesting subject for the students.


“THE ORAL HISTORY METHOD AS A RESOURCE OF THE MODERN EDUCATION”
NATIONAL SEMINAR IN VRATSA, BULGARIA

29 - 30 November 2008

The seminar, held in the beautiful town of Vratsa, gathered 33 history teachers from the North-Western part of Bulgaria. The core idea of the workshops was to broaden the history teachers’ idea about the implementation of the Oral history method in their classrooms. The friendly and creative atmosphere encouraged the participants to share their professional experience and motivated them to introduce what they had learned at the seminar to their colleagues and use it in their future work with the students. The trainers- Dimitrinka Arnaudova and Petya Georgieva, showed different approaches in the work with the Oral history and other interactive methods. The teachers were impressed by the World Cafe and Rally methods and found them very useful and inspiring. It was the first National seminar in Bulgaria, organized by DVV, attended by a guest- trainer from a neighbouring partner-country. Aurora Orzan from Romania introduced her work and acquainted her Bulgarian colleagues with the Romanian education system. The participants agreed with the idea that at the end of the school year they would meet again to share their achievements and work results, based on the theoretical frame and practical advice they had recived at the seminar in Vratsa.

Program - PDF 10 KB

Modern History Education -
from Ethnocentrism to Multiculturalism

16 - 19 October, Piran, Slovenia

The third regional seminar of the History project in 2008 had the following aims:

  • to bring together history teachers from the countries in the region to work together on good practices of history teaching in the region;
  • to give space for discussion how the experience of the teachers could be developed as models and guidelines to be used by other history teachers and thus to give the bases for a publication of good practices of history teaching in the Balkans;
  • to further train the teachers in the multicultural approach, how controversial issues should be thought in a tolerant way.

Program - PDF 147 KB

A PORTRAIT OF A NEIGHBOUR
TEACHING HISTORY ON THE BALKANS II

24-27 July 2008, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The second regional seminar of the History project in 2008 had the following aims:

  • to bring together history teachers from the countries in the region to share the results of their micro projects work on how to teach the history of the region, discussed and developed during the first seminar in Skopje and afterwards;
  • to give space for discussion how the experience of the teachers could be developed as models and guidelines to be used by other history teachers in the region and Europe;
  • to further train the teachers in the multicultural approach, how controversial issues to be thought in a tolerant way, and how to work in museums.

Program - PDF 150 KB

A PORTRAIT OF A NEIGHBOUR
TEACHING HISTORY ON THE BALKANS

27 - 30 March 2008, Skopje, Macedonia

The frame of the History project in 2008 will continue the general idea of the project – to develop the professional qualification of the history teachers on the Balkans and to train them to teach the history of the region in a tolerant way through teacher trainings on regional level combined with dissemination activities on local level.

During the previous years of debates and discussions, it was pointed out how important is to keep on working on the positive image of the others on the Balkans. So, the focus of the project for 2008 is on building a positive image of the neighbouring countries on the Balkans through teaching the young adults of the history of South Eastern Europe.

The topic is not new, there are many researchers, projects, conferences already done on the issue of the “image of the other” on the Balkans, what new is: it has never been done through micro projects of teachers and students together.

Along with the fact that 2008 is the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, it is even more important to work together for understanding better our past and our cultures, to work for overcoming the prejudices and the stereotypes, to work for dialogue and cooperation.

DRAFT PROGRAM

27 MARCH 2008 / THURSDAY

Evening Arrival in Skopje
19:00 Dinner

28 MARCH 2008 / FRIDAY

9:30 – 11:00 Introduction
The Other – Our Experiences
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee / Tea Break
11:30 – 13:00 Presentations
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Balkan Memories – Stereotypes & Challenges
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break
16:00 – 18:00 Balkan Realities – Identity & Citizenship
18:00 Departure from the hotel – walking to the Old town
18:00 – 20:00 Discovering Historical Sights in Skopje
20:00 Dinner

29 MARCH 2008 / SATURDAY

9:30 – 11:00 The Image of the Neighbour – from theory to practice
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee / Tea Break
11:30 – 13:00 Micro Projects
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Working groups
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee / Tea Break
16:30 – 17:30 Presentations
17:30 – 18:30 Evaluation & Closing
19:30 Dinner

30 MARCH 2008 / SUNDAY
DEPARTURE


Childhood under Socialism

7 March 2008, Sofia, Bulgaria

Within the program of the Center for Advanced Studies joint workshop of the Atelier for Biographical Research and History Club was presented the Bulgarian part of the History project Traveling Exhibition devoted to the topic “The Bulgarian Socialist Youth”. The story of the exhibition was presented by Vanya Ivanova. The workshop gathered about 30 historians and other scholars from Sofia and other cities in Bulgaria.