In 2021/2022, Armenia has joined the collaborative project “History Competitions 3.0” (implemented also in Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova) and as part of it will conduct a history essay competition among 9 graders in Yerevan, Tavush and Shirak.
Following the project’s current thematic umbrella ("Between Rejection and Nostalgia: Soviet and Post-Soviet History in Families and Local Communities”), the competition topic for Armenia is “Between Forgetting and Remembering: Soviet and Post-Soviet Memory Landscape in Families and Communities”. It will touch topics around Soviet tangible heritage, including certain buildings, monuments and memorial sites that exist in almost every community of Armenia. These sites will become practical environments for teaching and learning.
The project aims at giving a voice to muted places and stories that once had meaning in people’s lives. The participants will explore the monuments and memorial places, as well as memories and stories weaved around those in their own communities, villages, towns and neighbourhoods by applying oral history and local history research methods.
To do this, the Project will start by training teachers who will then form student groups and work with them on the selected research topics.
The History Competition project in Armenia is being implemented by the DVV International Armenia country office in partnership with the NGO “Hazarashen” Armenian Center for Ethnological Studies which is specialised in anthropological, ethnographic, oral history research and education. To support the project implementation, DVVI Armenia also involved the educational foundation “Paradigma”, specialised in research & advocacy on education policymaking, teaching & learning.