Project Development

The project "What do we teach about our neighbours" started officially 01.06. 2007, but preliminary work started even before.

Until the 1st of June the project partners' network was created by the HTA of Latvia and contact persons from history teachers’ organisations from Russia (Archangelsk, St. Petersburg), Belarus, Finland, Poland, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Latvia started their work developing teams. The main means of communication was an e-mail.

June and July, 2007 were devoted to the research of standards, programmes, textbooks to find out information about our neighbours, collecting materials for presentations. Every team looked through history teaching standards, school programmes and textbooks in order to find out what do we teach about the other countries involved in project. The additional request from HTA of Latvia appeared during the working process- to collect also some useful information on sources, books, websites the others can study in English and find trustful information about your country. The experienced expert in history teaching- Ms. Joke van der Leuuw- Roord from EUROCLIO was invited to take part in project and help with analysing project materials and presentations. The Ministry of Education of Republic of Latvia was involved in preparation of programme for seminar.

In August 2007 the national teams analysed the material collected before and developed presentations for seminar in Riga. All the travels and visas were arranged in August in order to have a seminar in Riga. The travel schedule and last reservations in conference hotel "Tomo" in Riga were arranged by HTA of Latvia. The last version of seminar programme was worked out.

September 6-9, 2007 the project seminar took place in Riga.

From September until the December, 2007 all the material of project was available for participants on the Google discussion group especially arranged on the Internet. So- the national teams were able to work further with materials in order to prepare the final product of project- the website and guidelines. There was a possibility to organise the local seminars in participating countries in November- December to prepare the guidelines for publishing and dissemination.

At the end of year 2007 the project was prolonged until February 1, 2008 to complete the final product of project.