EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2014. EAEA hands out the yearly EAEA Grundtvig Award to a successful European learning partnership. This year's theme for the award was "Remembering World War I for the Future – Adult Education promoting Peace and Cohesion in Europe".
The article series spreads good practices by introducing the nominees of EAEA Grundtvig Award 2014.
For "Museums as an area of adult education for WWI remembrance" project, the Institute of Pedagogical and Adult Education organised excursions to the museums in Saint Petersburg with exhibitions devoted to WWI for participants of St. Petersburg Higher Public School for Adults. After the excursions, the participants discussed what they had learned, focusing on lessons from war, encouraging discussions concerning nationalism, xenophobia, aggressive behavior, and free speech. The project competed in the category "World War I remembrance initiative".
Deepening the remembrance
Due to the fact that the memory about this war has not been preserved carefully in Russia due to other historical events in Russia, the main goal of the project was to deepen the remembrance of WWI in people's minds.
The participants were from St. Petersburg Higher Public School for adults, most of them over 50 years old. By participating in a project they developed the ability to identify and analyse information about WWI within a contemporary context. The project aimed to remember the history of WWI, the events of which disrupted the lives of society and its people, gathering information, understanding the pain and suffering caused by the war, and learning from the past in order to not repeat these mistakes.
Bringing project even further
After visits to the museums and discussions, many participants talked to their families, their children and their friends about their impressions and their experience. In order to keep the project alive, the project coordinator would like to encourage the participants to undertake personal studies about their family histories concerning WWI.
Museums as an area of adult education for WWI remembrance project
Contact the coordinator
Institute of Pedagogical and Adult Education, Russian Academy of Education
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EAEA Grundtvig Award 2014 goes to Book of Plans, Hopes and Dreams and Vygonoshchi Fortress projects