Rethinking the Teaching of History
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR ETHNIC STUDIES | In Sri Lanka, as in many other parts of the world as well, the school subject history is far from being adequate, inclusive or engaging to new generations of school children. Finding competent history teachers remains an ongoing challenge. Our partner International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) is working on giving an understanding for history as a set of linear narratives with room for a multiplicity of perspectives. We are very happy to be back in Sri Lanka after many years without projects.
In 2020, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and ICES are organising a policy dialogue that will examine and confront the challenges of integrating women’s voices and the histories of minority voices into mainstream narratives; particularly in the context of deeply divided societies. The project will draw on experiences from a similar context in Lebanon, building on an existing collaboration. This ongoing initiative on the creation of a ‘Digital Museum of Art and Memory’ builds alliances that help strengthen South-South cooperation and skill exchange.
Established in 1982, the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) has contributed to the world of ideas and has informed policy and practice through research, dialogue, the creative arts and other interventions. The ICES vision is contained in a desire for a world that celebrates diversity in all its multiple shades.