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HEREDUC: What's in a name?

HEREDUC is the first project which covers heritage education in a European context.

The project is  part of the Comenius 2.1 scheme, working within the Socrates programme, the European educational subsidies programme. This offers the chance to develop new methods, educational strategies and lesson materials, in conjunction with partners from different European countries. The aim is to improve the quality of courses and lessons of teachers and other members of staff in education. The two end products of the project are a training manual for teachers (downloadable here) and the website.

The concept for the project was developed by Veerle De Troyer and Jens Vermeersch of the  Gemeenschapsonderwijs (Community Education Flanders). Supervision of the contents was done by both Veerle De Troyer and Hildegarde Van Genechten of Culturele Biografie vzw (Cultural Biography Flanders), which supports archive institutions, heritage bodies and museums in Flanders. Partner organisations were found in France, Germany, Holland and Italy. The contents for the manual were delivered from these by teachers or people working in heritage education who have a pedagogical background: Klaus Kösters from the Landesmedienzentrum Westfalen-Lippe (Germany), Pieter Mols from the Identiteitsfabriek Zuidoost (Holland), Fabio Pizzicannella and Maria Antonietta Destro from the educational services of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali in Rome (Italy) and Nicole Vitré of the Centre de Culture Européenne de St-Jean d’Angély (France). Meet the project team

The project ran from October 2002 until October 2005. We hope that this international partnership has created an inspirational product which will be of good service in years to come.

Both tools, the website and the handbook, will be used in Comenius 2.2 courses, which the project coordinator will organise regularly annually at several European locations, alternating in focus between primary and secondary education. These European out of school activities will be announced via the news section of this website.


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