New Publication: How to Introduce Gender in History Teaching
How to Introduce Gender in History Teaching, a publication of the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR), focuses on gender as a missing lens when teaching history in school. The silencing of women’s involvement in Cyprus history results in the neglecting of the multiple ways in which they have contributed to and participated in society. After reviewing the different ways Greek-Cypriot as well as Turkish-Cypriot women have been kept absent from school history, we conclude with eight lesson plans for teaching history from a gender perspective. These lesson plans aim to help students to have a versatile and nuanced historical thinking and understanding; to achieve historical literacy; and to acquire an enhanced sense of agency and critical thinking, for using gender as a category of historical analysis substantially strengthens and promotes an education for peace. Combining history and herstory in classrooms not only assists a critical thinking regarding education in general and history teaching in particular, but also fosters a deeper understanding around issues, such as human rights, democracy, elimination of prejudices, and global awareness. Such education has peace education as its pillar, for peace education suggests a paradigm shift, in which violence (gender, ethnic, religious, etc) is effectively rejected and invites students and teachers alike to be the agents for the aforementioned necessary change.
The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR)
AHDR is an intercommunal organisation based in Cyprus whose mission is to contribute to the advancement of historical understanding amongst the public and more specifically amongst children, youth and educators by providing access to learning opportunities for individuals of every ability and every ethnic, religious, cultural and social background, based on the respect for diversity and the dialogue of ideas. In doing so, AHDR recognizes the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the UNESCO aims on education, and the Council of Europe’s recommendations relevant to history teaching. AHDR’s activities include research and dissemination of research findings; development of policy recommendations; enrichment of library and archives; organization of teacher training seminars, discussions, conferences; publication of educational materials; organization of on-site visits and walks; development of outreach tools; establishment of synergies between individuals and organizations at local, European and international level.
AHDR’S latest peace education-related activities include the ‘Education for a Culture of Peace’ Project that managed to bring together more than 200 educators and 400 students across the divide, and ‘Imagine’, a pilot program with 24 schools from the Greek Cypriot community on Anti-racism and Peace Education. AHDR wishes to enrich these activities and expand its global network of collaborators having in mind that connecting the micro to the macro is the key to overcome obstacles and spread the message of a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the children of the world. Visit ADHR’s website.
 This project is funded by the European Union under the Cypriot Civil Society in Action programme and implemented by POST Research Institute in cooperation with the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research.