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History of cooperation between PUAHE and EUROCLIO

  • PUAHE is founded in 2009
  • Future PUAHE founders participate in EUROCLIO project “Teaching Tolerance through History Education in Georgia” (2009-2011)
  • PUAHE becomes a member of EUROCLIO in 2010.
  • PUAHE and EUROCLIO cooperate in the Sharing History – Cultural Dialogues Project in (2011-now).
  • Exploratory Visit of EUROCLIO to Azerbaijan in 2012 (as part of the Sharing History, Cultural Dialogue project)
  • PUAHE and EUROCLIO cooperate on the Baku World Forum for Intercultural Dialogue in partnership with the North South Center of the Council of Europe and Ministry of Culture in 2012.
  • A core group of authors from Azerbaijan is trained on the development of innovative educational resources (as part of the Sharing History, Cultural Dialogue project) and PUAHE members participate in several international trainings of EUROCLIO (2011-2014)
  • The joint publication with 30 modules from Eastern Parntership Countries, including 6 from the PUAHE team is translated in 6 languages and professionally designed (expected publication date: August/September 2015)

Experience of EUROCLIO

  • Capacity building: EUROCLIO has organized a vast array of capacity building activities in almost all European countries, involving thousands of professionals. Since 1992 specialists as well as peer colleagues have demonstrated a keen interest in participating in its capacity building activities. Participation is often only hampered by the fact that people cannot or are not allowed to leave school or as a result of a lack of financial recourses. Many of those trained careered in their subject and act now as national stakeholders implementing responsible and innovative history education. EUROCLIO has developed active methods of capacity building, actively involving relevant audiences through dialogue and critical reflection in discussions, workshops, and presentations, sharing and spreading knowledge, expertise and information.
  • Development of educational tools: EUROCLIO has specialized in implementation of innovative curriculum approaches, resulting in a variety of hands on, class-room ready teaching resources in over 15 countries. These books offer modules on innovative methodology, on teaching a recent (difficult/communist) past, teaching history in a multicultural environment or teaching history in divided communities. The tools are developed by local teams, fully tailored towards the needs of the community, sometimes also published in a variety of native languages. They foster competencies based learning as stipulated in the European Reference Framework, outcome based learning, translated in the EUROCLIO Framework and the EUROCLIO principles and methodology for responsible and innovative history education.

  • Professional development courses: EUROCLIO has organised more than 30 international training symposia with on average at least 100 participants from at least 35 countries. It has a vast network of experts, from all over Europe and beyond, who contribute to such events. EUROCLIO is able to choose freely the best possible expert candidates, as it is not forced to use the expertise of one particular institute or organisation. It uses its local Member Association to identify the best possible candidates. EUROCLIO is also able to bring together individuals representing national and transnational target groups. It has access to a variety of national and international stakeholders, such as intergovernmental organisations, academics, authorities and is able to mobilize a vast array of participants, creating new professional networks and consortia.

Suggestion for continued cooperation PUAHE and EUROCLIO

  • Key objective: To support the development and use of innovative educational methods and tools in history and social studies.
  • Target group: The cooperation targets mainly the history and social studies education professionals: teachers in secondary schools, curriculum developers, authors of textbook and other teaching tools, academia and  other academia, representatives of educational authorities, administrators, teacher pre-service and in-service trainers, assessment experts, advisors and inspectors, educational staff in museums and institutes.
  • Possible areas of cooperation: The joint organization of continued professional development in the use active learning, using digital tools (for example Historiana) and 21st Century Skills, support of the development of innovative resources tailored to the needs of Azerbaijan, joint training on the use of material developed already by PUAHE and EUROCLIO (members), sharing of experience of other countries in terms of development of textbooks and standards, participation of educators in Azerbaijan in international trainings, language trainings,