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Beyond the textbook - Principles and values
The new Europe (1989-1998)
From 1989 onwards, the changes taking place in Europe and the democratic transition Eastern and Central European countries entered influenced the work of the Council of Europe. The priority became
As far as intergovernmental programmes are concerned, in a symposium in 1991 in Brugge, experts, history teachers and education officials from Western and Eastern Europe met for the first time to share views on history teaching in the "New Europe". In a further series of seminars, the discussions brought out the variety of points of view and renewed the perception of the situation of both history and its teaching in European countries. This set the basis for renewed cooperation and exchange of views on a much wider and somehow richer basis than previously. It also laid down the stepping stones for bilateral and regional cooperation in these regions.
The Brugge symposium highlighted a paradox: the lack of interest of the learners while, at the same time, there was a renewed interest for history amongst the general public. It was agreed that the solution was through a more modern approach to history teaching and a revision of the aims of history teaching.
The symposium in Brugge lead to
These themes were later emphasised at the 1993 Summit of Head of States and Governments and in 1994 at a conference "History, democratic values and tolerance in Europe: the experience of countries in democratic transition" in Sofia, the question was raised: