Learning from history - the genocide of Herero and Nama in school?

Which knowledge and what kind of different memories do still exist in today's German society about the genocide of the Herero, Nama and Damara in colonial German South West Africa between 1904 und 1908? How do the survivors remember such atrocities? Why is it still important to broach the issue?

The Partnership with Africa Foundation (SPA e.V.) will discuss those questions and others with young people aged 13 to 18 years. With the help of project funding by the Federal Agency for Civic Education, SPA e.V. develops exemplary models of mediation that will allow addressing the topic of the genocide among young people. Therefore current and modern ways are needed to sensitize young people equally with stronger and weaker educational background in schools and youth clubs. One main aim of the project is to sensitize about the importance of historical events and their impact on the young people’s own environment.

Students and young people outside school life will work for one week on the first genocide of the German Empire in the 20th century. Teachers and educators in non-formal contexts accompany the development process of various mediation models for the target groups.

The declared goal of the project is to engage the young people by using their current situation as a starting point for historical learning instead of assuming any interests and skills that they do not possess.

The project is planned for two years and includes several tests of the developed models of mediation at different types of schools and youth clubs.

Currently we are looking for interested teachers of secondary schools (class 5 to 10) for subjects such as e.g. history, social studies and religion teachers. If you are interested, please contact the responsible project officer Nora Immink (0331 97 92 78-28 or nora.immink(at) german-african-partnership.org).

Focus Area #1

Schools

Education holds the key to the future. In this focus area, we want to address teachers, students and parents and encourage them to come up with new and innovative formats of learning that can be easily adapted and integrated into our daily routines. We want to tap into the potential of new technologies that allows for the creation of learning formats that can catch and keep the interest of the learner, those that will spur their curiosity and boost their creativity and enable a virtual ongoing educational exchange between German African students.

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