shifting walls introduction
– European history through the eyes of the young
The Erasmus+ Project shifting walls connects media education with recent European history. The organisations involved in the project are Kulturring in Berlin e.V. (Germany), University of Valladolid (Spain), kurybines junktis (Lithuania), Doukas School (Greece), University of Sofia (Bulgaria) and the Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus (Germany). Pupils of the partnering schools aged 10 upwards use photography to grapple with history. They themselves go searching for clues, engage in research and above all document their findings by taking photos. The results are to be shared mainly via Instagram and thus exchanged all across Europe.
Pupils know very little about recent history – traditional history lessons using books are often un-engaging and rarely include current themes. At the same time populist parties are gaining increased interest, including that of young people. Our aim is to inspire children and young people to engage with history by using creative photography and personal story-telling. With these methods they are trained to deal critically with historical and current information. shifting walls is developed and tested by education specialists from different schools and can be implemented in school as well as in out-of-school environments. It can take place at any point before December 2021.
Main Topics Development of practical workshops and teaching units
1/ The Fall of the Wall
2/ From 1990 to 2020
3/ History Now