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Recommendation (2001)15 on history teaching in twenty-first-century Europe

The project “Learning and teaching about the history of Europe in the 20th century” finished in 2001 and led to the adoption of a Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on history teaching in twenty-first-century Europe.

This text is the first, and so far only European instrument of such nature in this area, setting clear methodological principles on the objectives of history teaching in a democratic and pluralist Europe.

Broad in scope, this landmark document covers the aims of history teaching, the European dimension, syllabus content, leaning methods, initial and in-service teacher training, the use of new information and communication technologies and the misuse of history. The recommendation is unconditional in its condemnation of the latter, two examples of which are abuse of the historical record and interpretations of history based upon the "us" and "them" dichotomy, as incompatible with the values of the Council of Europe.

The Recommendation clearly positions history teaching in the development of a responsible, active citizen, respectful of differences in the framework of the rule of law and the fundamental values of human rights and democracy. It considers also that it is a main factor for reconciliation, acknowledgement, understanding and mutual trust between people.

   

Recommendation (2001) 15 - Download the document in English

Also available in PDF format in the following languages:

[Albanian version] Rekomandim Rek (2001)15 i Komitetit t Ministrave t Shteteve antare lidhur me msimin e historis n Evrop n shekullin XXI
[Arabic version]
[Bosnian version] Preporuka Rec(2001)15 o podučavanju istorije u Evropi dvadeset i prvog vijeka
[Croatian version] Preporuka br. R (2002) 15 o poučavanju povijesti u dvadeset prvom stolj
[Estonian version] Soovitus Rec(2001)15 ajalooppe kohta XXI sajandi Euroopas
[Greek version] Σύσταση Rec(2001)15 σχετικά με τη διδασκαλία της ιστορίας στην Ευρώπη του εικοστού πρώτου αιώνα
[Macedonian version] Preporaka Rec(2001)15 za nastavata po istorija vo Evropa na dvaeset i prviot vek
[Romanian version] Recomandarea 15 (2001) privind Predarea istoriei n Europa n secolul 21
[Russian version] Рекомендация Rec(2001)15 Комитета Министров Государствам-членам по вопросам преподавания истории в Европе в 21 веке
[Serbian version] Preporuka (2001)15 o nastavi istorije u Evropi u XXI veku
[Turkish version] Yirmi birinci yz yıl Avrupasında tarih ğretimi stne Tavsiye Kararı Rec(2001)15
[Ukrainian version] Рекомендація Rec (2001) 15 про викладання історії в двадцять першому столітті в Європі