SUMMER SESSION

EDUCATION AND CULTURE COMMITTEE
CONF/EDUC(2012)SYN2

Strasbourg, 24 July 2012

DRAFT SYNOPSIS
OF THE MEETING HELD ON 26 June 2012

FOR THE ATTENTION OF THE MEMBERS OF THE EDUCATION AND CULTURE COMMITTEE

The Education and Culture Committee, with Ms Sabine Rohmann in the chair:

1. Adopted the agenda [CONF/EDUC(2012)OJ2]
2. Took note of the general methodology for the Education and Culture Committee’s work, as presented by Sabine Rohmann. The approach applied to each of the five working groups:

The main points of the methodology were as follows:

3. Endorsed the programme envisaged for each of the five working groups. The records of the individual sub-groups’ discussions are appended.
4. Took on board the key points of the four final statements:

Annexe : compte rendu des travaux des groupes de travail (in French only)

The meeting started with an introduction by the co-ordinator who explained that the group first met in January and good progress had been achieved in this meeting. The basic objectives were established in January and they were re-read and confirmed in this meeting. The co-ordinator summarised what she worked on in the four months between the meetings, which was basically efforts to find ways how objectives of history working group could be implemented in some practical concrete way.

The guest speaker Tatiana Minkina-Milko, the Head of Division of History Teaching in the Council of Europe was then introduced and she gave a 20 minute talk on the Council of Europe ‘Shared Histories’ project. This intergovernmental project was launched in Oslo in 2010 and will be finalised in 2013, and follows Council of Europe Recommendations of 2009 and 2011 for History teaching. After 2013 it is hoped that the second phase of the project will start and it is here that its dissemination and piloting/evaluation will occur.

It has four topics mainly ‘Industrialisation’, ‘History of Education’, ‘Human Rights as reflected over the History of Arts’ and ‘Europe and the World’. At the end of the project the product will be an electronic book with website links and videos. It will be in two languages English and French.

After the departure of the guest speaker the co-ordinator spoke about other projects presently available which might also be a platform where the History Group might have a role. The Euroclio online interactive website Historianna was introduced. There was also mention of the Vienna CHE project and the newly launched ‘The International Research Association of History and Social Sciences – IRAHSSE”.

A discussion followed and the main conclusion was that the History Working Group can help and participate on four levels:

The last item on the Agenda was then discussed. The group has its objectives but they are still pretty basic. They consist of the following three statements:

→ the role of history education in fighting prejudices
→ the instrumentalisation of history education to put back division lines between/within countries and back nationalistic claims in Europe
→ gender equality (women’s history)
There were various inputs and eventually it was decided that the co-ordinator will write up more detailed objectives and these will be sent by email to the members of the History Working group and after a joint analyses more detailed versions will be written down.

We were a small group of nine or ten and found ourselves faced by more questions than answers:

http://www.dialoguetoolkit.net/the-toolkit/