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Connecting Central Europe through Local History

We are happy to inform you that the EUROCLIO Project “Connecting Central Europe through Local History” has been successfully completed. This Project was supported by the Visegrad Fund and it was realized in the time framework of the year 2009-2010. Please find hereby more information about the Project’s aims, workshops and final outcomes.

Workshop Authors and Experts in Slovakia (12 participants)

The take-off meeting of the EUROCLIO Project Connecting Central Europe through Local History took place on October 2-4, 2009 in the city of Komárno, Slovakia which borders Hungary. The Project Team including 10 history teachers, historians and didactical experts from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine formed a good working group. Presentations and workshops were given by: Edward Skubisz, Viliam Kratochvil and Vajda Barnabás, Monika Szurlej, Dominik Kretschman, Iryna Kostyuk and Wendy Shapiro. This project meeting was the first opportunity for the coordinators to introduce the project aims to the team and for the team members to meet. They were asked to present their organisation’s relevance for the project and to share examples of good practices in the field of local history and history teaching in Central Europe. Photo

Workshop Authors and Experts in Poland (13 Participants)

On February 19-21 2010 the second Authors and Experts meeting within the Project ‘Connecting Central Europe through local history’ took place. The historical surroundings of Krzyzowa Foundation with the former residence of Fieldmarschalk Vol Moltke, meeting place of the ‘Kreisau Circle’ during the Third Reich and site for the Mass of Reconciliation between Germany and Poland in 1989 was a source of inspiration for the project team members from Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Ukraine. The team discussed the format of the final material, the collection of sources and decided to work in smaller groups on modules on ‘Celebration’, ‘Monuments’, and ‘Public Spaces’ in relation to changing borders after 1945. Some group members would develop guidelines on the critical analysis of sources and making interviews and they renewed their meeting for June 2010. Photo

Presentation of the material and feedback in Hungary (30 participants and guests)

From 25 to 27 June, the project team met each other for the last time at the Joseph Károlyi Foundation in Hunga ry. All the project team members presented the sources they had collected and shared their suggestions on how to work with available resources. Participants from other countries (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, the Netherlands and Turkey) were present to share expertise and give feedback to the project team. Presentations were given by Yosanna Vella, Mire Mladenovski, Joke van der Leeuw-Roord and Robert Stradling. The contributors worked together to give feedback to each other’s work and come up with suggestion on how to make the sources and teaching ideas more accessible, flexible and user-friendly. In the end, the project team decided to arrange the website in the sections ‘teacher material’, ‘student material’, ‘methodology’ and ‘sources’. The methodology-section on how to work with sources refers to the exemplary sources whereas the sources refer to the relevant teaching ideas that are included. During the final session in Hungary the remaining work to finalize the website was divided within the project team.

Outcome

The project aims have been achieved as a network of history educators from Central European region has been strengthened. Professionals in the field of history education in the Visegrad countries exchanged good practice with each other and also with colleagues from neighbouring countries, such as Germany and the Ukraine. The project partners from the Visegrad countries expressed their interest to be involved in new cross-border initiatives, and several representatives of their organisations registered for EUROCLIO training events. By working together to develop materials, project team members got better insight in the connections between the historical developments of their respective countries. The materials are now available in downloadable format and can be used by teachers, students and others who are interested in the history of Central Europe. These include suggestions on how to do interviews and how to work with testimonies, but have been expanded with suggestions on how to work with other sources (such as cartoons, video, images) as well. The team members have been active in collecting materials, translating them in English and providing them in a format. At the same time they had the chance to discuss with their colleagues from other neighbouring states how history education was being thought.

Under the umbrella of EUROCLIO, the material that are collected in this project are to be build upon in the Historiana initiative where the sources and teaching idea will be used for the development of case studies on Life and Leisure

People Involved in the project

Barnabas Vajda, Association of Hungarian History Teachers in Slovakia

Dagmar Kusá, Bratislava International School of liberal Arts

Dominik Kretschman, Krzyzowa Foundation, Poland

Edward Skubisz, Foundation „Dom Pokoju‟ (House of Peace)

Eva Zajicova, ASUD, Czech History Teachers Association

László Beró, Association of Hungarian History Teachers

Miroslav Michela, Historical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Viliam Kratochvíl, Pedagogical Faculty, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Iryna Kostyuk, ‟Social Inclusion for civic engagement in Ukraine‟ Project, UNDP

Olha Pedan-Slyepukhina, «Nova Doba», All-Ukrainian Association of Teachers of History,    Social Studies and Civic Education

Sylvia Semmet, EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators and German History Teachers Association

For more information about the project, please see at www.euroclio.nl

For more information about the Project’s website, please see: http://www.forumhistoriae.sk/euroclio/index.html

For the Final Report of this Project, please see:  http://www.forumhistoriae.sk/euroclio/index.html

For more information, please contact Eleni Kanava eleni@euroclio.nl

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