On 19 December, the Mechanism’s Information Programme for Affected Communities (MIP) held an online workshop on the use of the ICTY and Mechanism archives for more than 30 history teachers from across Croatia. The workshop was the second in a series of workshops and trainings for history educators in Croatia that began in November of this year.

The workshop, led by MIP youth outreach coordinator Anisa Sućeska, was organized in cooperation with the Croatian Association of History Teachers and the European Association of History Teachers (EUROCLIO). Its aim is to train history teachers on how to effectively use judicially-established facts when creating educational material related to the 1990s conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.

During the session, history teachers from across Croatia joined efforts to prepare lectures and educational plans for high-school students by using testimonies and other material from the digital archives of the ICTY and Mechanism. Following up on previous training, the participants discussed opportunities in creating educational material and suggested a number of contemporary topics that could be addressed when teaching the material, including refugees, media propaganda and children’s rights.

Trainings on the use of the ICTY and Mechanism archives for history educators form part of the wider MIP.

The MIP is generously supported by the European Union, and MIP activities implemented in Croatia are funded by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The aim of the MIP is to improve the knowledge and understanding of citizens and communities in the countries of the former Yugoslavia about the crimes committed during the conflicts of the 1990s, based on ICTY and Mechanism cases.