Call for application : Places of memory fostering competences for democratic culture


Call for application : Places of memory fostering competences for democratic culture
Do you explore places of memory in your local environment, do you practice onsite learning, or  use different strategies to motivate students to research and question social phenomena from the recent past to understand democratic values and human rights?
For all  teachers who are involved in this type of teaching, we have an open call for application  for the best lesson plan  that contributes to the democratic competences.
Here's how you can participate:
1️⃣ Topic: Your lesson plan should refer to one place of memory in your local community. It can be a monument, a memorial site , museum or any other place that has special significance for your community; we especially recommend the web page for teachers  from Belgrade
2️⃣ Download the lesson plan by clicking on the button  on your right;
3️⃣ Content: Your  lesson plan should aim to strengthen democratic values by encouraging critical thinking, valuing human rights, cultural diversity and empathy;
4️⃣ Creativity: we encourage you to use different types of strategies:  to make your classes interesting and inspiring for your students.
5️⃣ Sending applications: You can send the application via e-mail to the address [email protected] no later than September 15. In the application, state your name, the subject you teach and the educational institution where you work;
Our expert jury will review all submitted applications and select up to 15 of the best lesson plans to be published !
Teachers whose works are selected will be invited to Belgrade for a public promotional event.
This call for application is supported by the Ministry of Education.


Second Belgrade History Teaching Symposium

The second edition of the Belgrade History Teaching Symposium “History and memory culture for Europe: 60 years of Franco-German co-operation” was heled in Belgrade from 23-24 March 2023.

The guiding question of the symposium were the role of history education in post-conflict settings as a potential agent in the process of building peace and European unity. Another important aspect of history teaching is enhancing education for democracy, diversity, and respect of human rights in inclusive and dynamic societies of the 21st century that face various societal and political challenges.

Monument(al) Challenges

School classrooms across Europe are continuing to become more and more diverse. At the same time, controversies over contested historical legacies in public spaces across the world have increasingly led to contestations  over cultural heritage and conflicts over the interpretation of national histories. The new EuroClio project Monument(al) Challenges,  aims to respond to some of the challenges faced by educators across Europe in teaching history. Specifically, we aim to address teachers’ requirements for resources and training materials which equip them with the skills for discussing sensitive and complex histories, including colonialism and slavery, in their classrooms.


The project has been conducted by teachers and their students who research cultural heritage of Belgrade by the themes in order present the layers of multicultural cultural heritage of Belgrade. Special focus has been given to the Jewish heritage of Belgrade ( severely destroyed during the WWII), Ottoman heritage (vanished during the 19th Century), and other contested heritage sites such as Memorials (monuments and cemeteries and places of collective or individual torment) and public spaces which instigate controversial discussion. The project resulted in a website and an app uploaded in Google Play Store .


Remembering Hilda Dajč Foundation

The second edition of the The Remembering Hilda Dajč Association  Award was held on Sunday, May 7, 2023. at  the University Library in Belgrade. The  Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Culture of Remembrance went to to the NGO Haver for The Stolpersteine project and the Youth Award for demonstrated civic and social responsibility was given to Youth Radio Oradio for the podcast and radio show "In what country I want to live". Organisations Education for the 21st Century together with Teraforming initiated the "Remembring Hilda Dajč" award for the  youth  activism and establishing the culture of remembrance.

Cultural heritage education in Serbia

Cultural heritage education in Serbia was the topic of the conference that was organised by Education for the 21st Century, as a part of the European Heritage Days, on September 9th and 10th at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. The conference participants were teachers from Serbia, and the event was supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, the Office of the Council of Europe in Belgrade, the Republic Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments, the Institute for the Advancement of Education and the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade.

The Ratiu Forum History Programme

The Programme took place from 10th to 12th February 2023, at the Ratiu Centre for Democracy in Turda, consisting of two days of in-person sessions. It brought together experts from the Balkan region to share experiences on how best to tackle the issue of low historical content and to advise on how to approach problematic historical events. Participants from Romania had the opportunity to attend workshops led by John Lotherington, director of the 21st Century Trust in London, as well as by a number of other prominent institutions, including the London School of Economics, the University of Belgrade, and Education for the 21st Century.

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