September 27th  – 28th 2012, Hotel Ramada Majestic Bucharest

The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile and the association Respiro Human Rights Research Centre, together with the association Militia Spirituala and with the support of the Soros Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, organized the international conference Education for Human Right through the History of the Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union. The event  aimed to discuss challenges and opportunities with regard to the education for human rights through the history of the recent past. The workshop’s objectives were, on the one hand, presenting, testing and improving educational tools already existing in the region and, on the other hand, sharing expertise, including practices that could be applied in other countries. The workshop thus helped to evaluate the main challenges and constrains and identify solutions to improve the study of the recent past from the perspective of education for human rights.

Participants from 18 European countries addressed the following topics: a) The current situation of education about the history of communism in the region (curriculum, textbooks, approaches); b) Methodological challenges of teaching the history of communism; c) Good practices of teaching the history of communism (teaching and learning tools for the classroom; professional development for educators and other adults; extra-curriculum activities).

The conference is part of a bigger project that includes the creation of a platform and a handbook of good practices in the field of teaching the history of communism in Eastern Europe.

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