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Webinar Series on Football History

With this newsletter we transition from our current focus on decolonising history to a new webinar series on football history, featuring some of the excellent work done by EuroClio members across Europe for our very own football project. 

With 'FC EuroClio', we are passing football and football history to the classroom! We kick off 28 May with a panel discussion on the social significance of football, followed by two workshops on how football history can be used in your classroom practice. The webinar series is the culmination and a celebration of the three-year project Football Makes History – and just in time for the upcoming European Championship!

A complete programme will be published on our webpage soon. In the meantime, sign up to stay informed. All webinar sessions will be offered free of charge. See you online!

Workshop highlight: Football History in Practice - 4 June

Our Football Makes History project is all about using football history and football heritage to tell a larger story. Join our active workshop on 4 June where teachers from our project share the lesson plans they developed. We look at issues such as the rise of fascism and anti-Semitism, migration, nationalism and identity building – all through the lens of the world’s most popular game!

Do you have experience of your own using football to teach history? Let us know!
More info & registration to the webinar series
In addition to the many lesson plans and football life stories, our dedicated website for football history also features a series of articles exploring football's links with wider societal issues. Here's a sneak peak to three of them, looking at racism, the history of the women's game and the Holocaust.
Carrying out acts of remembrance is important, but it is not always easy to get it right. Dealing with history, what happened in the past, is hard enough. But memory, how to manage the different ways people feel about the past, can be even more complicated. Something is needed to link the past to the present, to see the past through the lens of what we care about today. This is where football comes into the picture. Read on for Chris Rowe's article on -> 
The Dutch national team reflects the multi-ethnic reality of today's Europe. Led by outspoken black players Depay, Wijnaldum, Dumfries and van Dijk, many players in today's Oranje have used their global reach as football stars to address racism. But this was not always the case in Dutch football.
Discover more about football’s history with racism on -> 

A game for equality

Over a century ago, women were advocating for change, using football for social emancipation and equality. This was never an easy struggle. The first ever women's game played under England's Football Association rules, in 1881, had to be called to a stop as men in the crowd invaded the pitch.
Discover more history of the women's game on -> 

We believe it is long overdue that the colonial roots of history education and its connection to modern-day racism are properly addressed in the classroom, which is the focus of our webinar series “Decolonising History”.  The effect of the colonial past on everyday racism goes far beyond how the colonial past is tackled in the classroom, encompassing every aspect of education from access to schooling to teacher training to non-formal education.

The panel discussion will explore what decolonisation entails outside of the classroom, in particular in relation to curriculum design, teacher education, and museum curation. Join our four expert panellists online on Saturday 15 May!
Join us online 15 May

EuroClio is looking for teaching practices that enable students to gain historical competences through the lens of heritage. The practice collection is part of the project Critical History, led by the University of Tallinn. Current discussions on heritage, and what we as a society choose to remember, cherish or commemorate, not only helps students learn about the past, but also forces them to think about the present and the kind of society we wish to live in. Identifying teaching practices in this field will be an important step in inspiring colleagues from across Europe and beyond to include heritage in their own history teaching.  You've got the practices and we'd like to hear about them!

Do you have a practice to share related to heritage in history education? Perhaps widening the learning environment outside of the classroom? Please contact Nathan Receveur ( with a short description of your teaching practice. More info -> 

This lecture by Marjan de Groot-Reuvekamp will examine factors that influence primary school pupils’ learning performances with regard to historical knowledge and skills. The lecture is based on a study carried out at the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam in preparation for research into the level of pupils’ performances in social studies in their final year in primary education (group 8 / sixth grade). The lecture will be held online via Zoom on 27 May. 
More info & registrations
Our latest article

Decolonising the history curriculum is a multi-dimensional challenge. It provokes emotional responses from different stakeholders - educators, students, and parents. In different regional and national contexts, it raises questions about what history should be taught, and to what purpose. Within our discipline - both in academic and school forms - it raises methodological questions about how knowledge is constructed. In this article, IB history teacher Ned Riley approaches the topic through a redefinition of the concept of significance. Read on for the full article -> 
Historiana Updates
We are continuously working to expand our collections of free historical content on the Historiana portal.  Wondering how to best make use of these in your own classroom practice? Join our next Historiana webinar 16 June! Or are you perhaps interested in becoming a certified Historiana trainer yourself? 
EuroClio - European Association of History Educators supports the development of responsible and innovative history, citizenship and heritage education by promoting critical thinking, multi-perspectivity, mutual respect, and the inclusion of controversial issues. Read more

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