According to the Communication from the Commission, “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture” (2017), Europe's cultural diversity is a strength that fuels creativity and innovation. Yet, at the same time, there is common ground that makes up the distinct feature of the European way of life. Understanding and preserving our cultural heritage and diversity are prerequisites to maintaining our cultural community, our common values and our identity.
Education plays a crucial role in preparing future citizens to experience and be aware of what it means to be "European". This is a fundamental topic if we want citizens to understand common European history and values, intercultural dialogue, critical thinking and mind openness, preventing racism, xenophobia and radicalization. Intercultural dialogue can be defined as an ‘open and respectful exchange of views between individuals, groups with different ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds and heritage on the basis of mutual understanding and respect. It operates at all levels – within societies, between the societies of Europe and between Europe and the wider world’ (White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue - 2008). The awareness and understanding brought by intercultural dialogue are seen as a means of reconciliation and tolerance, as well as of preventing conflicts and of ensuring integration and the cohesion of society.
If you are interested in these topics and you want to discover how digital culture can boost social inclusiveness in the field of adult education, you might be interested in joining the Europeana Education Community!
The ENA Education Community brings together all those who believe that Europe’s digital cultural heritage has an important role to play in education and want to embed Europeana in both formal and informal education in order to foster innovation. The community is open to all professionals involved in cultural heritage and learning at cultural and/or educational institutions, schools, NGOs, ministries and local governments, as well as the private sector.
The main aim is to support teachers and educators in creating learning scenarios and using them with their learners, sharing their experiences on the Teaching with Europeana blog, and following the Europeana Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), which is now available in five European languages.
Furthermore, experts and professionals in the field of Digital Cultural Heritage contribute to the implementation of relevant and educational-related initiatives, such as Historiana and the Trascribathon. They also constantly propose new resources and services to get started with and advocate the use of digital cultural heritage content in education.
ONGOING AND UPCOMING ONLINE ACTIVITES
The ENA Education Community, in collaboration with the LEM Working Group of NEMO (Network of European Museum Organisations), is currently carrying out a European study to understand how cultural operators are using their digital collections and tools to engage with educational institutions and learners, as well as to investigate their current training needs. An online survey “Using your digital collection and tools” will remain open until the 20th of June and the results will be used to improve the planning of the training and capacity building activities of the community.
Furthermore, next Thursday 11th of June from 10.00 to 11.00 AM, the fourth edition of the Culture From Home webinar series will bring together experts in cultural heritage and education. The webinar will be led by Susan Hazan, co-chair of Europeana Communicators, and will feature:
- Isabel Crespo, Manager of the Europeana Education community, who will talk about how last year Europeana had more than 2,000 teachers (from maths and science to arts and history subjects) designing learning material with digital culture. Isabel will also introduce future plans to engage museum educators.
- Emma Abbate, a teacher and teachers’ trainer who will present ‘Europeana and Minecraft: a gamified approach to digital archives for enhancing creativity in the classroom’.
- Anke von Heyl, art historian and museum educator, specialist in participation in social media, who will talk about how to bring art and people together with her presentation, ‘Between listening and inspiration – art education in the digital area.’
The event will conclude with a special ‘Tana Libera Tutti’ session when the floor will be open to all participants. Take the opportunity to discuss your activities and challenges with colleagues from all across Europe. The main webinar will be recorded and made available online.
The ‘Tana Libera Tutti’ will only be available to participants on the day - it will not be recorded or shared. Click here to register!