Prehistory of Project
The idea of project for history educators based on regional and across-boarder aspects comes from several previous international meetings of history educators and History Teachers’ Associations in Europe. In 2005 the Annual Conference of European Standing Conference of History teachers’ Associations (EUROCLIO) was organised by EUROCLIO and HTA of Latvia in Riga. The main topic discussed in this conference was about balance of national, regional, European and world history in history teaching and one of decisions was that a very little attention is paid to the teaching of regional history and there are only a few examples when history teachers from neighbouring countries have discussed on history teaching and especially on content and approaches when we teach about neighbours.
In 2006 participants from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Finland, Denmark, St. Petersburg and Ukraine were gathered by HTA of Estonia to discuss about similarities and differences in National examination systems.
In 2007 HTA of Latvia took initiative to organise a project on what do we teach about our neighbours. The project application was sent to the competition of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ support programme for NGOs in the Baltic Sea region and received a grant.
Time: 01-06-2007 – 01-02-2008
- History Teachers’ Association of Latvia
- History Teachers’ Association of Archangelsk, Russia
- History Teachers’ Association of St. Petersburg, Russia
- History Teachers’ Association of Finland
- History Teachers’ Association of Poland
- Danish History Teachers’ Association
- History Teachers’ Association of Estonia
- History Teachers’ Association of Belarus
- History Teachers’ Association of Iceland
- History Teachers’ Association of Sweden
- History Teachers’ Association of Norway (only at the start of project)
- History Teachers’ Association of Lithuania
- European Standing Conference of History teachers’ Associations (EUROCLIO) as an expert was involved in project
The project was financed and supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ support programme for NGOs in the Baltic Sea region, Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Latvia and Society Integration Foundation of Republic of Latvia.
Goals of the Project
- Cross-border co-operation and network building of History Teachers Associations from North-West Russia, Belarus, Nordic and Baltic countries involving persons of both genders on equal basis
- Practical implementation of civil society values and transfer of skills for strengthening NGO-s in North-West Russia and Belarus working together in the project
- Collecting and analysing what kind of information do we give to our pupils in history course about our neighbours and what knowledge do we expect to be necessary to know about ourselves
- Discussing and developing guidelines for textbook authors and educators what should be the approach when teaching about neighbour countries
- Collecting information from history standards, syllabus and textbooks in national project teams, cooperation with National Ministries of Education
- Analysing collected information and developing ideas about what neighbouring countries should teach about us, exchanging materials
- Project seminar in Riga, September 6-9, 2007: school visits, presentations and round table meetings
- Local seminars in participating countries, preparation of guidelines
- Evaluation of project results and publishing guidelines and report, distributing information using also the other History teachers´ organisational networks and publishing possibilities
- Really existing network and contacts for future cooperation including North-West Russia, Belarus, Nordic and Baltic countries
- Growing capacity and working experience in field of civil society for NGO-s in participating countries
- Information about history and cultural heritage of the neighbours in region, information about reliable sources to use
- Practical guidelines for teachers and textbook writers