Observatory in the Media
OHTE and HISTOLAB highlight
A short interview with Aurora Ailincai, Executive Director of the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe, aired on RTS (Radio Television of Serbia) in July 2022. The interview covers a brief overview of the HISTOLAB Joint Project of the European Union and Council of Europe, as well as the main activities of OHTE.
- Interview on the RTS website (minute 41' in the player)
History teaching and citizenship education in Europe. Interview with Piero Simeone Colla
Interview with Piero Simeone Colla (member of the OHTE Scientific Advisory Council) on the themes of teaching history in Europe, education for European citizenship, the instrumental use of historical discourse for propaganda purposes in some countries of the old continent and the role of technologies in learning.
The time has come to write a history of Europe
"We participated alongside Alain Lamassoure in the adventure of the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe that we called for in our book "Recovering a taste for the European adventure" in 2019."
Alain Lamassoure: "The re-emergence of populist and nationalist movements can be explained by the poor quality of history teaching"
In an interview with "Le Monde", Alain Lamassoure, Chair of the Observatory's Governing Board, former minister and MEP, calls for the teaching of values of peace and reconciliation and describes the teaching of history in Europe as a "field of ruins".
Teaching history in Europe can be a vaccination against war
"Our ambition is both precise and modest: to draw up an inventory under the aegis of a scientific council with irrefutable independence. To take a complete, accurate and indisputable picture of history teaching in Europe, both at the primary and secondary levels, so that comments and debates can then be initiated on identical bases."
It is a mistake to consider a Europe of defense exclusively from the point of view of its military capacity
"Fourth, learning history, or rather learning from history, which is too often manipulated or rewritten by the "victor" of the day to make it an instrument of indoctrination and hatred for generations. At the initiative of France, the Council of Europe - of which all the States of the Union are also members - has just created an Observatory on History Teaching. Structured as a "partial agreement", it includes only nine EU states out of 27. The adhesion of all of them becomes an emergency."
We need to know what happened in Europe in order to understand the Europe of today
“There is a difference between a national history and a nationalist history. History is always composed of facts and interpretation, and that interpretation is also influenced and coloured by specific contexts, be they national, local or regional,” says Gruden. “In principle, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s in no way the ambition or the mandate of the Observatory to lead to some sort of harmonised history curriculum,” he added.
- Article in EURACTIV
- This article is part of the special report The importance of teaching Europe’s past.
Observatory on History Teaching in Europe is a Council of Europe priority shared by European Union
Launched during the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (second half of 2019) and created in 2020, the “Observatory for History Teaching in Europe” is not concerned by the announcement made by President Emmanuel Macron during his speech on 9 December on the programme of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, says Frenchman Alain Lamassoure, president of the Observatory, in an interview given to EUROPE yesterday.
History at heart – Teaching Europe’s past can protect its future
How to teach history across Europe, and how it can contribute to a vibrant democratic culture was the question at the heart of a two day annual conference ‘History Education for a Democratic Europe’ last week, organised by the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe (OHTE).
- “History at heart – Teaching Europe’s past can protect its future”
- This article is part of the special report The importance of teaching Europe’s past.
Launched by Council of Europe, Observatory on History Teaching in Europe aims to go beyond national romances
The aim is to give force to the “Council of Europe’s outstanding recommendations and to consolidate the reconciliation that we have been able to create in Europe”, says Alain Lamassoure in this article published on the occasion of the first Annual Conference of the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe (Strasbourg 2-3 December 2021).
(Hi)story with the Observatory
This article introduces the Observatory of History Teaching in Europe to Russian readers and explains how it fits into national and global debates on history teaching.
The role of history teaching in democracy - the focus of a new Council of Europe initiative
Bulgarian News Agency
These two articles introduce the Observatory of History Teaching in Europe to Bulgarian readers and present the highlights of the first day of the OHTE Annual Conference (2-3 December 2021, Strasbourg and online).
Council of Europe: Observatory on History Teaching, education and critical thinking, antidotes to populism
In anticipation of the first annual conference of the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe (Strasbourg, 2-3 December 2021), SIR Information Agency explains the mission and objectives of the Observatory and presents the highlights of the conference.
- Consiglio d’Europa: Osservatorio sull’insegnamento della storia, istruzione e pensiero critico antidoti al populismo
- Consiglio d’Europa: Osservatorio sull’insegnamento della storia, prima conferenza annuale a Strasburgo
Europe and the challenge set by history
Fondation Robert Schuman
The development of history teaching in schools has gone hand in hand with the development of the nation state in the 19th century. Today, in a Europe at peace, and while the discipline has evolved, it is necessary to reflect on how to develop an awareness of belonging to a common European whole. In this article, Alain Lamassoure discusses Europe and the challenge set by history education and presents the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe.
Introducing the Observatory on History Teaching to the citizens of Strasbourg
The purpose of this article is to present the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe to the local public and to announce its first annual conference, which will be hosted in Strasbourg on 2-3 December 2021. The conference will provide an opportunity to present the mission and activities of this new institution of the Council of Europe.
The Council of Europe Observatory on History Teaching in the spotlight in the magazine L'Histoire
One year after the assassination of Samuel Paty, in homage to the history teacher he was, the French monthly magazine L'Histoire published a special issue in October 2021 presenting the reality of the profession today and the challenges facing history education. Interviewed by L'Histoire, Piero Colla, a member of the OHTE Scientific Advisory Council, draws up a picture of the different approaches to teaching history in Europe. Alain Lamassoure, Chair of the OHTE Governing Board, recalls the genesis and mission of the CoE Observatory on History Teaching.
"Here, we never talk about the past anymore"
In this article, Alain Lamassoure discusses the culture of silence around history and the challenges facing the Observatory on History Teaching.
The Observatory on History Teaching in Europe begins its expert work
"Teaching history in schools is the primary vehicle for the transmission of values. Education is an exclusive competence of the States, but this does not prevent the multiplication of exchanges of good practices. The need for such exchanges is all the more important as, at this very moment, in almost all our countries, history curricula are being revised and debates are taking place on the role of the discipline in the training of future citizens of our free, independent nations, attached to internal and external peace". Alain Lamassoure
An Observatory on History Teaching in Europe
For Italian readers, this article presents the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe and the context that made it necessary and feasible.
Populists are destroying cultural heritage
“The importance of culture and heritage for democracy has been recognised, in a negative sense, by those who want to undermine European institutions and the values that support them. Populism was fast - and quite effective – in distorting and overtaking the notion of culture, heritage and identity” - Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General of Democracy in the Council of Europe, for Novi Magazin.
Alain Lamassoure - Teaching history in Europe
Radio Judaica Strasbourg
Invited by RadioJudaica Strasbourg, Alain Lamassoure – Chair of the Governing Board of the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe presents in this podcast the origin of the idea of the Observatory and its future objectives and missions.
Europeans and their histories
“The primary objective of the Observatory is to carry out an in-depth state of play. The choice of content, the freedom of the teaching staff, the role of the academic body, the age at which history is taught vary considerably from one country to another. Moreover, history is not taught everywhere throughout the upper secondary level.”
Alain Lamassoure: "We have no idea about what is being taught in each European country"
« The objective of the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe is neither to produce a pan-European historical narrative, nor is it to provide states with instructions on didactics. The founding idea, launched within the Council of Europe, is to have better visibility over what is being done, and to make this image public »
Press review – launching of the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe
CoE Press Monitoring / Media Analysis
Several media (ANSA, SIR, EFE, La Vanguardia, Cadena SER, TASS, MIA, Večer, Altaveu) report that seventeen Council of Europe member states have decided to set up the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe.
According to the reports, the initiative, which was launched under the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, is established as an Enlarged Partial Agreement with the main purpose to collect information and make reports on how history is taught in the participating countries.
Teaching history is creating the preconditions for a sustainable peace
Twitter account - Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères @francediplo
“We see that many of today's children, teenagers and high school students do not learn the history of Europe, the history of European reconciliation. Sometimes we even see that they learn a version of history that rather escalates tensions. This project is at the heart of our Presidency of the Council of Europe [...] in this context we believe […] that it is a promising future for the Europe of tomorrow to ensure that the historical landmarks, our roots are known to everyone. The idea is neither to write a European history, nor is it to write a common manual of history in Europe either, but rather to make sure that we know well the history of our neighbors across our continent."