A one-day seminar for teachers in the region of Northern Lithuania

On 29th October, a seminar for teachers on “Teaching totalitarian themes in lessons.  The topics of historical memory in after-school and project activities” was held in Naujoji Akmene, the Center for Youth and Adult Education.

The seminar was initiated by the Youth and adult education centre of Akmenė region. Teachers of various subjects within several hours were introduced to the research of historians of the International Commission about the periods of the Nazi and Soviet occupations, the actual educational program was presented as well as the network of Tolerance Education Centers, functioning in Lithuania.

At the seminar, teachers were given recommendations on how to teach about crimes of totalitarian regimes, topics of tolerance / intolerance. A film „Uncle Chatzke“ was presented to the audience;  the main character of this film, Chatzkel Lemchen, is known to the teachers in the region because Ch. Lemchen’s roots are from the town of Papilė near Akmenė. Participants of the seminar, representing different educational institutions, were presented with books of historical research published by the International Commission.

The seminar was organized by the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania, moderated by Ms. Ingrida Vilkienė, Coordinator of Educational Programs.