Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques (CIEP)
Created in 1945, the Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques (CIEP) is an institution of the French Ministry of National Education. Its missions, which are part of the government’s international cooperation priorities, centre on three areas of activity:
- cooperation in the areas of education, professional training and the quality of higher education;
- support for the promotion of the French language around the world by training teachers and education managers and by issuing certifications in French;
- international mobility for people through language assistant and teacher exchange programmes, as well as the issuing of foreign qualification comparability certificates.
To carry out its projects, the CIEP relies on the know-how of a team of 250 staff as well as on a network of over 1 000 experts and national and international partners.
Mémorial de la Shoah
The Memorial de la Shoah is an institution deeply rooted in the history of the Holocaust and WWII; it dates back to 1943 when the “Contemporary Centre of Jewish Documentation” was founded to collect documents and evidence on the persecutions of European Jews. Archives and documents collected served as a basis for the Nuremberg trials and trials of famous Nazis such as Klaus Barbie.
The Memorial as we know it today was renovated in 2005. It is now many things at once: a museum hosting a permanent exhibition on the Holocaust in France and in Europe, two temporary exhibitions a year and many cultural events (panel discussions, film screenings, testimonies, etc.); an archival center open to researchers that holds over 40 million archive pieces; and a place of remembrance and the transmission of memory.
The Memorial’s missions include promoting the memory and study of the Holocaust and 20th century genocides, deriving the necessary lessons from the past and reflecting on contemporary challenges. More generally, the Memorial is very active in the area of peace education, intercultural dialogue and education against antisemitism, racism, intolerance, hatred and xenophobia.
Among its activities, the Memorial is widely known for its pedagogical work with school children – an average 60.000 of whom are welcomed per year – as well as its trainings for teachers, educators, civil servants, policy makers and members of civil society.
EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators
EUROCLIO- European Association of History Educators- was established in 1992, with the support of the Council of Europe, to support the development of responsible and innovative history, citizenship, and heritage education as a way to promote critical thinking, mutual respect, peace, stability, and democracy. It implements projects and activities with over 25.000 history educators from over 50 countries in the fields of cultural heritage, digital learning, inclusion and diversity, peace and reconciliation and remembrance.
Kazerne Dossin – Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights
Between 1942 and 1944, 25,484 Jews and 352 gypsies were deported from the 18th century Dossin barracks. Just over 5% returned from Auschwitz-Birkenau. Kazerne Dossin is an intense and unique place of commemoration. The museum deals with the persecution of Jews and gypsies in Belgium. Until mid-1942, the occupier was able to count everywhere on the often supportive cooperation of the authorities. How was that possible? Why this persecution? What did it mean for the victims and how did they react? Was there no resistance? These are core questions in the museum.
Kazerne Dossin does not only deal with the ‘Belgian case’ but it is also a museum about massive violence. Taking the Holocaust as basis, Kazerne Dossin searches for timeless mechanisms of group pressure and collective violence that can result under certain conditions in mass murder and genocide. This question touches the core of modern human rights with emphasis on freedom and non-discrimination. The behaviour of the perpetrators and opportunists serves as basis for alerting the visitor to collective violent mechanisms among us and to the possibility to say ‘no’. Such an approach demands a special method. For this purpose, the visitor starts the visit by viewing an introduction movie in which the museum and its disturbing questions are presented.
Memorial House of the Wannsee Conference
The House of the Wannsee Conference – today a memorial and educational site – was the place where on January 20, 1942 high-ranking Nazi-officials met to discuss the organization of the mass-murder of the European Jews.
The memorial was inaugurated 50 years later, in 1992, and is dedicated today to commemorating the victims of the Nazi-crimes and to inform and educate youth and adults about these crimes. Apart from a permanent exhibit, the site offers a comprehensive library on Jewish Life and the Holocaust and a great variety of educational programs for studying the persecution and murder of European Jews and the history of National Socialism with a specific focus on the perpetrators of the Nazi crimes. Welcoming visitors from around the world, the House of the Wannsee Conference is also a forum for the promotion of intercultural exchange, where historical and contemporary questions of remembrance and commemoration and the relevance of the Holocaust in European societies and politics today are discussed – as well as human rights and democratic values.
CESIE is a European Centre for Studies and Initiatives based in Sicily. It is a non-profit, apolitical, and non-governmental organisation. It was established in 2001, inspired by the work and theories of the pacifist Danilo Dolci (1924-1997).
CESIE links local, national and international contexts and is committed to stimulating development and change in educational, cultural and economic spheres through the creation and use of innovative tools and methods. The organisation is divided into six Units which work together and manage activities in their specific fields: Higher Education and Research, Rights and Justice, Adult, Migration, School, Youth.
- To improve lifelong education in Europe through transnational projects involving local communities
- To promote sustainable development of neighbouring regions and beyond through training and education
- To foster progress and innovation in Higher Education and Research
- To support learning mobility for people at all ages, across borders and sectors
- To stimulate local growth by adapting international good practices and methods
The head office can be found in the city centre of Palermo with other offices in India, Nepal and Senegal. CESIE coordinates the CESIE Network which is composed of more than 200 organizations throughout the world who share our mission and collaborate with us.
CDRSEE – Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe
The Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe is a non-profit organisation that works to foster democratic, pluralist, and peaceful societies in Southeast Europe.
We achieve our purpose through creative, yet practical and inclusive projects comprising training and education, media work, symposia, intercultural dialogue, advocacy and publications. Our manner of working is participative, multi-perspective and multi-stakeholder- embodying the practices and principles that our initiatives promote and encourage; respect for diversity, free speech, reconciliation, social responsibility and the peaceful resolution of differences.
Forum för levande historia
The Living History Forum is a Swedish public authority commissioned to work with issues related to tolerance, democracy and human rights, using the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity as its starting point.
This major challenge is our specific mission. The past and the present are continuously present in everything we do. With these perspectives, our goal is to teach about historic patterns. Our wish is to equip people with knowledge for the future; our goal is to work for everyone’s equal value.
Through our continuous contacts with teachers and other experts within education, we develop methods and tools for reaching out to different groups within the Swedish society.
Through our excellent cooperation with researchers and scholars, with people involved in education, voluntary organizations and other stakeholders, we pass on important knowledge, in order to give ourselves – and others – better opportunities to interpret the age we live in.
We produce reports, exhibitions and educational materials about topics related to the Holocaust. We work with issues of racism, democracy and human rights through materials and education programs.
The Living History Forum is also commissioned to inspire and co-ordinate initiatives for 27 January, the Holocaust Remembrance Day in Sweden through remembrance ceremonies, cultural programmes, lectures, seminars, theme days at schools, torchlight processions, public manifestations.
The Living History Forum works with partners in many countries and actively participates in various international networks such as International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.