The main focus of the project is to stimulate the study of history through research and project activities, the study of family history and its connection with the processes and phenomena that take place in local communities and in countries.
Participating in research activities in their community or family, posing their own well-considered research questions, searching for materials and information relevant to the topic, obtaining a more critical understanding and interpretation allow participants to expand their knowledge of history, gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between the "big" history and the history of the family and their environment, and help them acquire useful skills in self-organization, search, structuring, presentation of information, and critical attitude to it.
In Belarus, the project is implemented by the Representative Office of the Deutscher Volkshochshul-Verband e.V. (Germany) in the Republic of Belarus in cooperation with the Istorika NGO with the support of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The main participants / target groups of the project are:
- Young people aged 15-25: senior pupils, students, young activists of NGOs, youth clubs, educational circles, etc. - Submitting their works for participation in the contest
- and their curators: school teachers, teachers of educational institutions, NGO activists, leaders of youth clubs, educational circles, museums, etc., who help and advise their students and participants during the preparation of the competition.
The project is planned:
- Official announcement and launch of the competition (September 2019).
- Holding a series of information meetings in the regions and Minsk, informing potential curators and interested organizations about the contest, its objectives and opportunities for participation (September-October 2019).
- Selection of curators and holding of educational seminars for them (September-October 2019). Those who will not be able to attend the events will be able to benefit from the information materials prepared as a result of the workshops.
- Preparation and submission of the participants' papers (research, interview and working material collection, consultations with curators). The contest will be completed in March 2020. Between September 2019 and March 2020, participants and their supervisors will be able to use online assistance services (support on organizational issues related to participation in the competition).
- Jury work and selection of winners (March-May 2020). A special jury consisting of professional historians, journalists, photographers and project team members will be formed to summarize the results of the competition.
- Summing up the results of the contest, holding a solemn ceremony of awarding the winners with the presentation of prizes, as well as the final meeting for curators to sum up their participation in the contest and the project (June 2020).
- public presentation events aimed at covering the historical contest, presenting its results and the works of the winners to the general public (June-September 2020).
The main winners of the competition will also have the opportunity to take part in the international youth historical camp (autumn 2020), and their curators - in the international summer academy, where they will be able to exchange with their colleagues their experience and practices of participation in historical project work and compare them with existing curricula (August-September 2020).
* The project is being carried out by DVV International and the Larry King Foundation. The project is implemented by DVV International and the Körber Foundation in partnership with the EUSTORY international network and local organisations in the participating countries:
- Youth Public Association "Istorika" (Belarus);
- Georgian Association of History Teachers (Georgia);
- Public association "SovLab" (Georgia);
- ANTIM (Moldova);
- Public association "Nova Doba" (Ukraine).
If necessary, additional information about the project and the contest can be obtained by:
- E-mail email@example.com
- telephone numbers (017) 207 98 35, (029) 171 93 97 (Marina Malinina) (029) 852 1318 (Konstantin Antonovich).