Online workshop held for history teachers from the region of the former Yugoslavia

Mechanism
The Hague
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On 12 June, 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 Pristina and elsewhere in the region of the former Yugoslavia.

The workshop, led by MIP youth outreach coordinator Anisa Sućeska, was the second in a series of workshops and trainings for history educators in Pristina It was organised in cooperation with the Association of History Teachers in Kosovo and the European Association of History Teachers (EUROCLIO). The aim of the series 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 worked together 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 their previous training, the participants discussed opportunities to use the archives in creating additional 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, which is generously supported by the European Union and 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.