Nordic-Baltic Training on Teaching Controversial Issues

In September, EWC organized a training course on how to deal with controversy through education for trainers from Nordic and Baltic Countries. The course will contribute to the establishment of a Nordic-Baltic trainer network in citizenship and human rights education in the region.


The training was based on the Council of Europe manual “Teaching Controversial Issues”, which provides tools and approaches for educators on how to create inclusive and democratic spaces for all where open and respectful dialogue, critical thinking and respect for differences is promoted.

The training course was launched with a 4 day residential seminar held on September 26-30 at the Utøya Learning Centre. During the residential seminar the 22 participants from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Latvia and Lithuania had the chance to get acquainted with the Council of Europe approaches to EDC/HRE and in particular the manual “Teaching Controversial Issues”. The participants, representing NGO’s, schools, think tanks, universities and teacher training centers also had a chance to spend some time during the seminar on planning their national trainings, which shall be carried out in autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

Furthermore the seminar was joined by the representative of the Finnish National Agency for Education – Maria Edel and of the National Centre for Education (Latvia) – Aina Spaca, who acquainted the participants with the latest national developments in the area of education with a focus on citizenship, human rights and controversial issues.

Besides the residential seminar and national trainings, the project, carried out in the frames of the project funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers' Nordplus Programme, includes a one day Evaluation forum during which the participants and organisers will have the opportunity to share their experience and suggest directions for further development. The Evaluation Forum is planned to take place in May 2019 in Lithuania.

"We sincerely thank all the participants and partners for their active contribution during the implementation of the residential seminar and wish all the participants successful implementation of their national trainings", Valentina Papeikiene, EWC advisor, said.

The project is carried out in partnership with the Finnish National Agency for Education, Education Development Centre (Lithuania) and the National Centre for Education (Latvia).

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