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E-FoR – Education for Remembrance
As time goes by, the catastrophes of the European history sink  into oblivion for large numbers of European citizens. Sixty-five years after the end of World War II, witnesses who have lived that era of totalitarianism and violence are getting rare, memorial sites are largely left unattended and schools skip some of the main messages of the past to young generations.
Yet, it is crucial to remember what Europe has gone through before becoming what it is now. Having in mind the past enables us to fully appreciate our current peaceful and democratic systems and be watchful of any threat to democracy and human rights. That is what we mean by Active Remembrance as a tool for Active Citizenship.
The project E-FoR – Education for Remembrance targets these issues on European level. Led by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) and involving partners from all over Europe, E-FoR aims at...
... improving remembrance education: Today’s youth must be aware of the past. E-FoR unites professionals from different countries to think about how education can effectively foster this awareness.
... increasing awareness on smaller historical sites: When citizens have a local notion of what happened (or not) in their backyards, they can put this into the broader perspective of happenings at a larger level (national, continental) in the past.
... creating a sustainable network of memorials and organisations involved in remembrance education to foster the exchange of good practices and increase the partners’ capacities to convey messages and educate young and not so young interested individuals.

In order to reach these goals, several activities are implemented:
-      An educational booklet created jointly by the project partners and disseminated among teaching professionals.
       Download the educational booklet here
-      An international meeting at Jasenovac Memorial at the beginning of the project united professionals of remembrance education who shared their expertise with the partners.
       Download the Seminar Jasenovac_Report here
-      Local events organised by several partners in their home towns involved a large number of citizens, increasing awareness on these sites and improving the partners’ organisational capacities at the same time. Read reports on these local events.
       Download the Local Activity in (London) Derry_Report here 
       Download the Local Activity in Nardo Report here 
       Download the Local Activity in Sisak Report here

E-FoR lasts from September 2009 to October 2010 and involved the following partners:

The Institute for National History, founded in 1948, is a milestone within the Macedonian scientific research world. Its main fields of research are the history of Macedonia, but also the history of the Balkans in general. It moulds future masters and doctors in history.

Jasenovac Memorial Site provides education about genocide and the Holocaust in the memorial site itself and its museum. Jasenovac Memorial Site is in the immediate vicinity of the former Jasenovac concentration camp, Camp III (Brickworks). The activities of Jasenovac Memorial Site have developed into different directions and include compiling, researching, scientifically processing, preserving and exhibiting the museum buildings and documents on how the Jasenovac Ustasha camp system operated; an educational programme; organising exhibitions and publications; ongoing co-operation with surviving prisoners and organising commemorative events in honour of the Jasenovac victims.

The Junction is a community-relations resource and peace building centre established through a partnership between community relations organisations throughout Northwestern Northern Ireland.
Based in Derry/Londonderry, the centre serves as a gathering place for individuals, community groups, and international visitors. It is a focal point for peace building activities and works to enhance effective networking among practitioners. The aim of the training is to record and hold onto memory in a way that is not destructive but effectively deals with the past, through acknowledgement without returning to cycles of violence.

LDA Sisak is non-governmental and non-for-profit organisation established in 1996 with aim to support local democratic processes and promote human rights. In their work, they use the specific methodology of multilateral decentralised cooperation in partnership with local and regional self-governments and other non-governmental organisation in and out of Croatia.

The Caen Memorial, a major cultural, educational and tourist attraction of Normandy, is one of the first European memorial sites. It has received several awards for its educational, scientific and curator resources. It further organises many events related to the defence of human rights like the
international advocacy contest for lawyers and high-school students. With an innovative and emotional design, the City of History for Peace proposes a historical trip and a reflection on the future through three main themes: international tensions and Second World War, Cold War and Peace themes. Besides its historical mission, the Caen Memorial seeks to demonstrate the fragility and the requirements of Peace and Human Rights. A strong policy of temporary exhibitions and an increasingly assertive will to train the teachers and young ones made Caen Memorial an international museum.

The municipality of Brindisi is settled in province of Lecce municipality. It organised a visit to the Museum called “Museo della Memoria e del Ricordo” in Nardo built in a place where for several years a large community of jews settled before leaving for the Middle East, immediately after the Second World War.

For more information, please contact:
Meike Westerhaus, ALDA Project Manager Active Citizenship

(; +33 (0)3 90 21 45 93).

Barbara Elia, ALDA Financial Officer

Biljana Zasova, ALDA Senjor implementation Coordinator

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