Democracy and participation, Education

What have we forgot while we tried to memorize


Who is behind this?

Eli Tauber

Assossiation for preserving and promoting Jewish culture and tradition Haggadah

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Who is joining forces?

Institut Valldemossa


Teachers at Institute Walldemossa will help us to determine how concepts and narratives related to far right politics are taught in Spain and they will provide us training venue at no cost.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

A war in Bosnia though depicted as a civil war was also described as “continuation of the Second World War” by many respective thinkers. Suddenly old animosities became reality after the first grenade had hit Sarajevo in 1992. 23 years later what we see is that certain European countries’ ministries of education request state controlled education as education has perceived as a tool for strengthening nationalist identities. We want to work with teachers and students to fight this in classrooms.

Where will your idea take place?

In Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Barcelona, Spain.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Political conflict which tends to derive strength both from local and national communities cannot be accepted as something common to human nature. Europe gave birth to totalitarian regimes it also gave birth to democracy. In this light, education plays a crucial role in what we can become.

What is your impact?

Promotion and appreciation of human dignity, open-mindedness, responsibility; Contribution to how to teach sensitive topics in different cultural settings; Reflection ground for teachers coming from different post – conflict societies and reconciliation of postmemories

How do you get there?

By organizing two 7 days teacher trainings. During trainings teachers will explore different narratives related to the Holocaust and genocide remembrance and their impact to construction of new collective memory. 2 days of training will be in particular dedicated to teachers’ on site visits, to the Memorial center in Jasenovac and Mauthausen Memorial. After the seminars the participants will develop their unique training units and to implement them in practice in their communities of learners.

What is your story?

Sarajevo is known a city which had the largest Jewish community in the former Yugoslavia before the Second World War. During the war 70% of the community perished. This city also survived the longest siege during the 1992 - 1995 war. The siege lasted almost 4 years.

Who are you doing it for?

We do this for all the students in Europe who should never suffer of any animosity, especially those caused by different politic discourses. They should go to school, love, live and laugh not to think about hatred and divisions. We do this for the better future of Europe, in general.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would love to receive advice on how to establish stronger connection with the Ruhr area in Germany and how can we multiply effects of this project in cooperation with other schools, organizations and universities across Europe.



Idea created on Jan. 6, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 18, 2018

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