Have you had a good week? Peace Exchange certainly has, and one its highlights was attending the launch of new educational materials by the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) this Monday. Shirin Jetha and Maria Siakalli of AHDR bring you more of the details below.
“AHDR’s launch of a set of innovative supplementary educational materials took place on March 12, 2012 at the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia’s Buffer Zone – the high point of an event entitled ‘Learning History Together’.
“Over 120 participants, including educators from across Cyprus, were in attendance for the historic launch, including representatives from the AHDR board and team, and individuals who had worked on the production of the materials.
“Aiming to break new ground in history education, the new resources were prepared by teams of experts – members and friends of AHDR from Cyprus and abroad – and can be used in a variety of educational settings.
“More specifically, they are intended to foster multiperspectivity and intercultural dialogue – thereby improving historical understanding and critical thinking – and as a means of providing educators with a wealth of additional resources.
“Key topic areas covered include:
- Thinking Historically about Missing Persons
- Learning to Investigate the History of Cyprus through Artefacts
- The Ottoman Period in Cyprus
- Our Children, Our Games
- Introducing Oral History, and
- Home for Cooperation.
“Speaking at the launch, Ms. Androulla Kaminara, Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, noted: ‘This project is about teaching children to ask questions, teaching children to doubt, teaching children to research. In this respect, what the team has achieved is enormous.’
“Acknowledging the further steps to be taken, Mr. Kostis Ahniotis of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Teachers’ Platform ‘United Cyprus’, said that while ‘(introducing these materials in schools) will be a very hard task’, at least ‘we now have something in our hands upon which we can base our efforts to move forward’.
“Pledging support of the efforts represented by the launch, Mr. Şener Elcil of ETUCE (European Trade Union Committee for Education), declared the body would assist in the dissemination of AHDR publications in schools island-wide.
“For their part, AHDR’s board and consultants were delighted with the positive response to, and growing interest in, the materials, and hope educators will indeed begin putting these invaluable resources to use in their classrooms.
“The launch was felt to be a huge success and, for all of us in the AHDR, offered an example of the positive effective of cooperation.
“Thank you to all those who attended the event, with especial gratitude to each of our guest speakers who offered their support of this initiative, as well as to the authors and consultants who worked extensively on producing these inspiring materials.”
Peace Exchange thanks Shirin and Maria for bringing us the highlights of this event and, as ever, encourages all Peace it Together network members to share their developments as they arise.
That’s all for this week, but Peace Exchange will be bringing you more good stuff very soon.
Until then, enjoy the weekend and… see you in the next post!