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New approaches to teach students the meaning of peace

The first international event of the project Balkan Kaleidoscope was held on 15 - 18 November in Osijek (Croatia), hosted by the project partner “Centre for Peace and Non-violence”.

The project will engage teachers to show students the importance and meaning of peace and European integration, by using innovative narrative and learning approaches including personal stories and oral tales.

Thirteen partner organisations from 8 countries were represented in the training on multiperspective approaches in history teaching. Twenty-six history teachers, pedagogues, sociologists, young scholars, youth workers, CSOs practitioners were actively engaged in the workshops combining theoretic concepts and practical approaches in present days history teaching, with a special focus on the on breakup of former Yugoslavia and teh consequent armed conflicts in the Balkans during the 1990s.

To kick off the meeting, Angel Cabarkapa on behalf of the host organisation and Stanka Parac Damjanovic on behalf of the lead applicant and coordinator presented the overal project concept, which focuses on teachers and students, while the very learning process is the core activity. The partnership established as well as the consolidated local expertise will allow a real promotion of multiperspectivity in history teaching and learning.

Ms Veselinka Kastratovic, member and activitst of the Centre for Peace and Non-violence was the guest speaker on the first day presenting the local context in Croatia – with particular reference to war crimes trials and reconciliation process.

Among the speakers in the workshops dr. Jovana Trbovc Mihajlović (Scientific Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts), Professor Rudolf Weiss, history teacher from Subotica and president of the German People's Alliance in Serbia.

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