Teaching Divided Histories is an innovative 3-year project developed by Nerve-Centre [Derry-LondonDerry] and funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Peace III programme.
A new curriculum-linked approach that explores the potential of Digital Media for in-school learning and practices.
The key aim of this project is to demonstrate how teachers can use moving images and creative technologies to engage pupils in the study of conflict and offer them stimulating ways of questioning mindsets and challenging sectarian stereotypes. Teaching Divided Histories aims to make a strategic impact on current approaches to the teaching of history, culture and identity by introducing moving image and digital pedagogies into the teaching of History and Citizenship as well as a wider range of subjects in cross-curricular programmes of learning.
PeaceWorks, appointed the international partner in India for the project have developed a supplementary curriculum module that is relevant to classrooms and syllabus in the Indian context. The module uses moving image, literature and art to look at the impact the division of the sub-continent has had on mindsets today. With a hands on project based approach the module focuses on multi-perspectives and aims to deepen the understanding of the ‘other’ for high school students.
The module was presented to a group of teachers and educationists from different schools in Calcutta in a workshop conducted by Megha Malhotra at Modern High School for Girls on 7 November 2013, in association with MACE [Modern Academy of Continued Education]
November 2013 a two-day Teaching Divided Histories conference took place in The Masonic Hall in Derry~Londonderry. The conference welcomed some of the most significant local, national and international voices to the city to discuss issues of conflict journalism, education and the role of digital media.
The next phase involves two day teacher training workshops conducted by Emma McDermott and Mathew McAleer of Nerve-Centre Northern Ireland. Click here for details.