One of the AHDR’s major initiatives is the development of innovative and practical supplementary educational materials for educators and young people. It is the Association’s objective that such materials will help to foster multiperspectivity, historical understanding and critical thinking amongst educators and students.
Under the AHDR’s MIDE project, bi-communal groups of Cypriot educators undertook the long and challenging process of developing an array of materials using information gathered from the archive and our research, such as findings from research studies, translations of textbook segments, old photographs, oral history accounts, as well as other resources. Following the completion of MIDE projects I & II the AHDR has continued this practice in the context of a number of other projects that have followed.
This unique process resulted in the publication of various booklets that explore the diverse aspects of Cyprus’s past, whilst applying leading techniques and approaches in history education.
All publications are available in three languages, with the exception of “Our Children Our Games” which is available only in Greek and Turkish, and “The Future of the Past: Why History Education Matters”, available only in English.
(Printed versions are also available from the AHDR office, located at the Home for Cooperation in the UN Buffer Zone, Nicosia, Cyprus. For instructions on where to find us visit the "Contact us" section of our website.)
'Constructing the AHDR Supplementary Educational Materials: A Journey in Cooperation for a Better History Education'
This booklet is a useful tool for any organisation interested in developing similar materials, providing useful insight into the process. The AHDR also offers specialized trainings and workshops for organizations and NGOs interested in producing supplementary educational materials in their own countries. Previous trainings have taken place in countries such as Lebanon and Turkey. Please contact the AHDR to learn more about these opportunities.
To find out more about the challenges and lessons learned from this undertaking, click here to read the AHDR’s publication: Download it here
'How to Introduce Gender in History Teaching'
The publication entitled, ‘How to Introduce Gender in History Teaching’ is the product of the collaboration of AHDR with the Council of Europe and was funded by Norway Grants in the context of the project “Home for Cooperation”. It is a unique and innovative publication underlining the role history education can play in the deconstruction of patriarchal or hegemonic power relations in modern societies.
Members of the Research Team: Tegiye Birey, Georgina Christou, Loizos Loukaidis & Faika Deniz Pasha
Based on this publication we received further funding from the Anna Lindh Foundation for a series of workshops to introduce the publication to educators and familiarise them with the lesson plans included in the publication. The title of the project is "Gender as a missing lens - How to introduce gender into history education"
The Ottoman Period in Cyprus:
Learning to Explore Change, Continuity and Diversity
The educational booklet is both for students and teachers and aims to help students to develop historical consciousness and understanding through introducing concepts like historical change, continuity and diversity while leading them to think about the Ottoman Period in Cyprus. The book has been created to be used in history classes, taking into consideration existing history teaching curricula in Cyprus.
Introducing Oral History:
When People’s Stories Become History
Oral history focuses primarily on oral sources and composes histories by systematically recording, preserving, and interpreting living peoples’ stories, memories, and testimonies.
The purpose of oral history is to bring together different kinds of evidence (sometimes undoubtedly conflicting) and to apply our judgment and understanding in composing a credible account, drawing on a range of private and public, spoken and documentary material. This booklet is intended for students, teachers, educators, and all those who have a special interest in recovering history through people’s stories.
Learning to investigate the History of Cyprus through Artefacts
Teacher's Guide and Museum Activity Booklet for Students
The series of lesson plans and accompanying resources in the Teacher's Guide is designed to help teachers to introduce students to an investigative approach to studying history. Through seven lesson plans students can explore ways of using artefacts as evidence of their own historical inquiries. The lessons form a coherent journey, gradually preparing students to engage in constructing their own arguments in the final lesson.
Learning to think historically is both challenging and exciting. Students need to learn disciplined techniques so that they can construct and support their own claims and challenge and support the claims of others. The lesson plans therefore, offer teachers a detailed step-by-step guide to supporting students in these new ways of thinking. Varied and interesting activities for students are also offered in the Student's Booklet, accompanied by teacher guidance on how to ask questions, lead discussions, reflect on the quality of student thinking and reinforce new learning.
Thinking Historically about Missing Persons
A Guide for Teachers
"Thinking Historically About Missing Persons: A Teacher's Guide" offers educators a way to teach this sensitive issue from a global perspective using a unique pedagogical approach that emphasizes critical thinking. The pack consists of three main sections:
1. A theoretical introduction to debates and approaches to history education
2. An overview of missing persons from a global perspective, including case studies of Guatemala, Spain, Morocco, the former Yugoslavia and Cyprus
3. A lesson sequence which offers interactive educational activities that enable students to grapple with the question of how different societies have addressed this painful issue.
The pack comprises of six (6) booklets, a Resources CD with sample handouts, a DVD of a documentary prepared by the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus and a DVD of a documentary film prepared by The Elders. This pack is the outcome of a collaboration among AHDR, The Elders, and the International Center on Transitional Justice.
3.What do we mean by Missing Persons?
5. How should the Missing Persons of the Cyprus conflict be remembered?
'Our Children, Our Games'
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What games did children in Cyprus play? In "Our Children, Our Games" a group of young people come together to look into this question. Findings are presented in a fascinating colourful way for you and your friends! This is a single booklet, with text available in Greek and Turkish only.
'A Look at Our Past'
"A Look at Our Past" is a rich-in-ideas supplementary interactive teaching pack on non-political aspects of the history of Cyprus, produced within the framework of teacher training workshops conducted by the Council of Europe in Cyprus in collaboration with AHDR. The workshops were supported by the teacher trade unions in Cyprus.
The pack consists of a variety of sources collected by the participants in the training workshops, as well as suggestions for teachers and activities for students. This educational material aims to promote the use of interactive methods in teaching about cultural diversity through school history. Through the activities provided in this pack, students have the opportunity to develop critical thinking and to aknowledge cultural diversity as an enriching element of our societies on the basis of tolerance and mutual respect. This material is available in three languages and you can access it here.
'Nicosia is Calling Booklets'
Trilingual booklets addressing students aged 11-12 and 14-16. The booklets enable students to explore Walled Nicosia through various activities.