''Teaching Remembrance: Cultural Heritage - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow'' - 3rd Seminar of European Ministers of Education

24-25 April 2006
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Terezin camp
A seminar on “Teaching Remembrance through cultural heritage” took place in the Czech cities of Prague and Terezin on 24 and 25 April, as part of the Council of Europe’s ongoing campaign to find new ways of making sure that schoolchildren across the continent understand the causes and consequences of the darker chapters of recent European history. The seminar examined how music and art can complement history in the teaching of remembrance in schools

The two-day event brought together Education Ministers from the 48 countries that have signed the European Cultural Convention, and was opened in Terezín, at the Museum dedicated to the victims of the city’s Jewish ghetto. The opening ceremony included speeches by Council of Europe Director General for Education, Cultural Heritage, Youth and Sport, Gabriella Battaini, and the Czech Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Petra Buzkova. Participants later heard testimony from survivors of the ghetto, and a symbolic wreath was to be laid in the town’s main cemetery.

The second day of the seminar took place in the Patriotic Hall (Carolinum) of the Prague’s Charles University, and included a keynote speech by the former Czech President, Professor Vaclav Havel. This was followed by a round table discussion on a “Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and Education for the prevention of crimes against humanity” in schools of the 48 countries that have signed the European Cultural Convention.

Norbert Engel, French General Inspector of Culture
Professor Václav Havel, former Czech President [25.4.2006]
Petra Busková, Czech Education Minister [25.4.2006]
Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni [24.4.2006]
Petra Busková, Czech Education Minister [24.4.2006]
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