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<div>Budapest, Wednesday, 05 September 2007<span class="small"> by Judit Solymosi </span> </div>
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<div>The Department for Interethnic Relations of the Romanian Government in collaboration with the Project on Ethnic Relations (PER) Regional Centre for central, east and south east Europe, organized a seminar on the content for teaching materials on the history of national minorities in Bran (Romania). The seminar (29th August to September 1st) continued a series of debates on the role of history teaching in interethnic relations organized by the PER Regional Centre with the support of the Department for Interethnic Relations as well as the Ministry of Education and Research in October 2006, February and March 2007.
<div>Mrs Maria Koreck, programme manager of the PER Regional Centre, stressed that the previous meetings highlighted the need for provisional teaching materials on the history of national minorities in Romania to be used in history teaching until the new curricula and text books are finished. This material is meant to be used for teaching all students between 14-18.
<div>"Three principles had been specified to serve as a basis for the educational package", Mrs Koreck said. "The material will reflect the image of minorities as they perceive themselves, it will show the common historical moments shared by minorities and the majority, and also the contribution of each minority to the development of the country."
<div>A new ministerial order on introducing the presentation of cultural (ethnic, linguistic, religious) diversity in education came out in July 2007 and constitutes the basis of the work. </div><br>
<div>Besides experts from the relevant ministry, the seminar was attended by history teachers coming from different minority communities: Ukrainian, Hungarian, Roma, Albanian, Greek, Czech, Serbian, Slovak, Tatar and others. Most of them are at the same time the authors of the specific minority history and cultural textbooks used in minority education.
<div>10,000 copies will be published by March 2008 and will be distributed free of charge to all history teachers in the country. The package will consist of a book and a DVD.</div><br>
<div>Carol Căpița, lecturer at the Faculty of History of the București University, told Eurolang that the publication will not qualify as a schoolbook and therefore will not require the consent of the Ministry of Education and Research if the teachers want to use it.
<div>Rodica Precupețu, Head of the Department of Programmes and Relations with Civil Society of the Department for Interethnic Relations, said that in the long run the organizers envisage widening the scope of the project and to involve Austrian, Slovak and Hungarian partners to develop minority history teaching for all students. As a first step, experts from Hungary also attended the seminar to share their experiences with the participants. (Eurolang 2007)
<br> <br>Ministerial Order No 1529/2007 in Romanian: <a href="http://www.edu.ro/index.php/legaldocs/8319">http://www.edu.ro/index.php/legaldocs/8319</a></div><br></td></tr></tbody></table>
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