Venues of victims // Venues of perpetrators.
Mapping, decoding & processing the role of historical - civic education in (European) Youth Work
This Erasmus+ project was developed to meet the challenges of the work (historical-political / civic) educators and youth workers within the complex theme of EDC / HRE (Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education); to convey knowledge, expand perspectives, to enable exchange, to examine their own attitudes and viewpoints, and to explore possibilities of a change in perspective.
This will be done at different levels: on the part of the (historical-political /civic) educators and youth workers, as well as in direct cooperation with the young people from the participating partner institutions and their environment.
The project has the following objectives:
• To enable the international transfer of knowledge and the establishment of a sustainable European cooperation structure between different institutions of historical and political /civic education (places of remembrance, research institutions, educational establishments and other institutions of youth education).
• To include narratives that corresponds to the increasing heterogeneity of European societies, with particular attention to post-colonial and transnational approaches.
• To make history attractive and tangible: to teach new methods of historical didactics to support the attractiveness of scientifically founded history for a broader audience.
• To counter populism with a substantial education in order to counter the radicalization of young people
• To ensure the participation of disadvantaged young people and young adults in international mobility projects.
• Empower youth workers with competences that help to actively promote the facilitation of freedom, tolerance and respect for human rights as common postulates of all European values.
Within the framework of the project "Non-formal Education & Diversity in European Youth Work" (2014-3-EN04-KA105- 001596, 2015-2-EN04-KA105-012865) where Eesti People to People was one of partners, an evaluation meeting took place in Rodowo, Poland. This meeting included the visit of the “Wolfs Lair / Wolfsschanze" as a "place of perpetrators". The preparation and discussion of this study trip led to an intensive debate on the role of historical and political / civic education in Human Rights Education (HRE), the role of "venues of perpetrators & venues of victims" and their significance in current discourses.
The project consortium comprises 12 youth organisations, museums, memorials, think tanks, foundations and youth NGOs as well as other civil society organizations as follows: In Flanders Fields Museum (BE), USTAV PRO STUDIUM TOTALITNICH REZIMU (CZ), Eesti People to People and Sihtasutus Eesti Mälu Instituut (EE), ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION POR LA PAZ GERNIKA GOGORATUZ (ES), Maison d'Izieu mémorial des enfants juifs extermines (FR), DOCUMENTA CENTAR ZA SUOCAVANJE S PROSLOSCU UDRUGE (HR), Lietuvos gyventoju genocido ir rezistencijos tyrimo centras (LT), Narviksenteret (NO), STOWARZYSZENIE JEDEN SWIAT (PL), UMAR - União de Mulheres Alternativa e Resposta (PT), SOCIALNA AKADEMIJA - ZAVOD ZA IZOBRAZEVANJE, RAZISKOVANJE IN KULTURO (SI) and Stiftung Europäische Jugendbildungs- und Jugendbegegnungsstätte Weimar (Germany).
The project includes the following activities:
• Activity 1: Kick-Off Seminar in Weimar, Germany.
• Activity 2: Training Course in Poznan, Poland
• Activity 3: Advanced Planning Visit in Zagreb, Croatia.
• Activity 4: Summer Camp in Zagreb, Vukovar, Pula and Rijeka, Croatia (18th – 31st of August 2018).
• Activity 5: Final Conference, Spain.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.