History Teaching

Cooperation with the Republic of Moldova

The Council of Europe has been involved in the reform of history teaching in Moldova since 1996 when a series of five seminars was organised under the Secretary General's New Initiative.

The work took on a new urgency in 2002 when two major seminars were organised on the reform of history teaching in Moldova in the framework of Targeted Co-operation and Assistance Co-ordination Programme for Moldova. Groups of specialists discussed:

  • curricula and standards for history teaching;
  • the preparation and publication of new history textbooks;
  • initial and in-service training of history teachers.

These activities were carried out in cooperation with EUROCLIO – the European Standing Conference of history teachers’ associations – and the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (Braunschweig, Germany). The OSCE mission in Chisinau has also participated and it is thanks to their cooperation that it has been possible to have participants from Transdniestria.

A meeting of Moldovan and European experts took place at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig in 2003 to discuss reform of history teaching in Moldova, with the help of a Swiss voluntary contribution.

Further activities covered two areas: the preparation of new textbooks and the development of in-service teacher training system with the special emphasis on the integration of interactive methods in teaching and learning history in schools on the basis of multiperspectivity.

Following the request of Moldovan Authorities two expertises on a new generation of history textbooks were provided with the help of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research and discussed in July 2006 during a seminar organised in Moldova by the Council of Europe.

In addition, history educators from Moldova took active part in two regional initiatives: in the Black Sea Initiative on History and in the Tbilisi Initiative.

Educators from Moldova were also involved in all intergovernmental projects of the Council of Europe including the current one on “The Image of the Other in History Teaching” which brings together 49 countries party to the European Cultural Convention.

Link to the list of seminars and available reports