Cooperation Project Continues With Pilot Competition in Armenia
The third edition of the cooperation project “History Competitions in Countries of the Eastern Partnership” has started with Armenia as new project member on board. Together with Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, Armenia forms the new quintet in the cooperation project “History Competitions 3.0”, a joint project of DVV International and Körber-Stiftung, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
Together with the office of DVV International in Yerevan, the Arminian pilot will be launched by the NGO "Hazarashen - Armenian Center for Ethnological Studies“ on the topic of “Between Forgetting and Remembering: Soviet and Post-Soviet Memory Landscape in Families and Communities”.
After two successful cooperations in 2017/2018 and 2019/2020, the expansion of the number of participating countries is not the only innovation for the years 2021/22: Taking into account the similar backgrounds and challenges of all five countries when it comes to dealing with their recent history, a common “umbrella topic” was chosen for the upcoming competitions. “Between Rejection and Nostalgia: Soviet and Post-Soviet History in Families and Local Communities” is the main title which at the same time pays tribute to the 30th anniversary of the dissolution of the USSR this year.
Using this common ground as a starting point, all countries have already defined their own specific subtopics: “30 Years Since the End of the Soviet Rule” (Georgia), “Dialogue Between Generations After 30 Years of Independence” (Moldova) and “Soviet Past: (Re)thinking the History“ (Ukraine). Due to the political situation, unfortunately DVV International had to close its representative office in Belarus at the end of July. Nevertheless, the Belarussian History Competition was launched with the topic "Behind the Scenes: From the History of the Family to the History of the Community 1986-2000“.
Currently all project teams are busy with preparations to announce their competitions and to start into the first operational phase that especially focuses on teacher trainings. First students’ entries are expected in early 2022.