Seminars of the project “Red Year”


The first international seminar under the project “Red Year”

Place: Kaunas
Date: 24 -27/03/2011

Education specialists from Lithuania, Estonia and Sweden participated in the project.

The participants of the seminar were presented with the data of historical research which was accomplished by the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania (Methodical material).

The history of Kaunas which was the temporary capital of the Republic of Lithuania in 1919-1940 was introduced to the participants of the seminar. They also visited the Historical Presidential Palace and Kaunas IX Fort Museum (PROGRAM).

The final product of the project is an educational documentary film, which will be used in participating countries at schools in the educational process.


The second international seminar under the project “Red Year”

Place: Vepriai
Date: 25/09 -01/10/2011

The seminar was held in Vepriai, a small town in Ukmergė district. 35 educators from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden attended the seminar.

The seminar was designed to share information about education policy and school curriculum and the number of lessons allocated to teaching about the Soviet occupations, which age groups of students are taught. There were discussions about the sufficiency of history lessons and young generations’ attitude towards the Soviet period and sovietisation (Methodical material).

During the methodological activities different documents on the Soviet occupations in the Baltic countries were analysed. Groups of educators worked on creating methodology based on source application in history, language teaching in different countries (Methodical material).

There was an encounter with the resistance participant Jonas Kadžionis who had been sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment in the Gulag. Information about the partisan is available HERE.

All the participants of the seminar participated in a hike with different interactive tasks on the sites of resistance movement in 1945- 1953. They visited the most significant sites of partisan warfare in Ukmerge and Anyksciai districts, explored the partisan dugout next to Kavarskas. Some hike moments are displayed in Moments of the project.

All the activities are available at SEMINAR PROGRAM.