“Remembrance – Totalitarianism in Europe and Historical Consciousness in a European Context” (Improving Student Learning Motivation in History Through ICT).
In this Erasmus+ project (2014-2017) 4 partner organizations have joined together – Jūrmala State gymnasium (Latvia), Birstono gimnazija (Lithuania), XII Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace w Olsztynie (Poland) and VIVES University College (Belgium).
According to the initial goal of our project, we have investigated and proved that ourdays a critical “culture of remembrance” needs to be developed across Europe, acknowledging the complex nature of collective memories in general and shared European historical remembrance in particular. This is viewed as a tool that would allow nations to come to terms with their own respective pasts, at the same time embracing common European principles and values.
During 3 years of Erasmus+ project 6 Transnational coordinators meetings have taken place in Latvia, Poland, and Lithuania, 3 Student – Teacher Mobilities have taken place in Belgium, in Lithuania and Latvia, involving 70 students and 16 teachers. Much work have been done investigating the history of all 4 countries – reflecting back to the events of first and second WW, periods characterized by totalitarianism, holocaust, genocide and post-war periods of Soviet occupation in Latvia and Lithuania. Students and teachers have visited several places that testify about important historical events, like KGB museum in Lithuania and Latvia, Occupation museum in Latvia and IX Fort Museum in Lithuania. Our Polish colleagues and students had an opportunity to meet with the secretary of Lech Walesa. We gave Remembrance a new description: it is to become again member of a time, a place and a group who suffers under a system called totalitarianism.
Students under supervision of their history teachers interviewed people who had experienced deportations to Siberia form Latvia and Lithuania, students interviewed their relatives – people of old age and grey hair to hear and to share their experiences of a pre-/ during or post- war events. Many of these stories are very emotional and touching. Most of them are made available for public in video-interviews or films (Latvian: “Stories of destiny of the repressed”).
We have created new study aids based on the materials we have investigated separately in each country and all together as a comparative study. You will find our material in digital way under subtitles of each country. The materials can be used in the lessons of history and art and culture history using ICT. Students are encouraged to put in use their ICT knowledge to find information online, to watch videos, to search for materials, to investigate, to discuss with peers and to find answers.
Comparative timelines of all four countries (Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Belgium) are provided with 10 most significant dates of history during the 20th century.
Detailed information about historical events in each country you will find under the subtitle of a specific country.