Confucius said “You cannot open a book without learning something”. For Confucius, the primary function of education was to provide the proper way of training exemplary persons, a process that involved constant self-improvement and continuous social interaction. Following the principles of their most influential philosopher, Chinese teachers identified the significance of educational books in equipping educators with the proper skills to facilitate the learning process and, thus, to meet the increasing learning expectations of our times.
On 18 April 2018, the 29th Meeting of the Board of Directors and the first one for 2018 took place at the offices of the CDRSEE in Thessaloniki. Comprising a multicultural team of distinguished individuals from diverse disciplines, the CDRSEE Board of Directors convened to discuss lessons learned from last year’s work, review the financial results of the first quarter of 2018 and plan ahead for the activities of the next months.
Belgrade, 16-17 April 2018: The European Fund for the Balkans’ celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a two-day event that brought together an international audience from politics, the media, civil society, academia, arts and culture, business and philanthropy to discuss the future of Europe and the European future of the Balkans.
The series of interactive, pedagogical workshops for educators ‘Teaching for Learning’, organised in the context of ePACT, continued with significant success in Albania. The first workshop took place from 10-11 April and the second one from 12-13 April.
On 26 March, 2018 the CDRSEE welcomed to its premises two distinguished Japanese Professors in the field of social sciences. Dr Makoto Kimura, Professor of History, and Dr Maiko Matsuura, Associate Professor of Sociology, came all the way from Japan to discuss with the CDRSEE team the possibility of cooperation within the framework of the Joint History II. In particular, Dr Kimura manifested his willingness to translate the latest JHP workbooks in Japanese.
With the aim of cooperating on planning for history education approaches which empower young people to engage critically in today’s complex society, teachers, civil society groups, academics, diplomats and international organisations met in Belgrade on Friday 23 March, 2018 within the framework of Euroclio and the CDRSEE’s ePACT project.
On 7 March, 2018 the creative and production team of 'Vicinities' met to review the activities of the past season and discuss the next steps of Season 7. Building on the successful sixth season, the production team, brought new ideas for expanding the visibility of the show and pledged their commitment to not only maintaining the quality of the show, but also raising the production standards and setting higher goals that will lead the show to new levels.
On 23 February, 2018 the traditional new-year cutting of vasilopita (St Basil’s cake) took place, as it has done every year, at the premises of the CDRSEE in Thessaloniki. CDRSEE board members, staff and distinguished guests gathered to celebrate the advent of 2018 and exchange blessings for a prosperous and successful year for the Center and its projects. CDRSEE Vice-Chair Mr Nikos Efthymiadis, Treasurer Mr Rigas Tzelepoglou and Board Member Mr Ioannis Tsormpatzoglou represented the Board of Directors.
In the framework of DW's project 'Balkan Booster', the German broadcaster will organise, in collaboration with the CDRSEE, a 3-day workshop in Thessaloniki. From 26 to 29 August 2018, 17 participants from across the Western Balkans will attend a preparatory seminar on issues of history, identity and reconciliation.
Although fraught with negative connotations, the geographical region defined as the ‘Balkans’ is one of unique and lively history. Unequivocally, a history of ethnic divisiveness and political turmoil, yet, in a space abound in cultural richness, shared heritages, entangled and connected national histories. History bears particular significance for Balkan peoples, who, nevertheless, tend to abuse the word ‘historic’. The popularity of the term could be attributed to its melodic sound and profound meaning – whatever is important or likely to be important in history, according to