Civil Society Against War by Rethinking Past Memories
The policy paper was prepared within the framework of the project “Civil Society against War by Rethinking Past Memories” implemented by the Civic Education Teachers’ Forum (CETF) with the financial support of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung/BpB) and in partnership with the Eastern European Network for Citizenship Education (EENCE).
The goal of the program was to put the Russia-Ukraine war on the agenda of the societies of Georgian and EENCE member states and increase their awareness and sensitivity towards the current war in order to prevent future wars or conflicts.
This paper aims to analyze the influence of the conflict on the civic education agenda. Another goal was to fill the gaps in the scholarly literature and develop recommendations to promote the problem-solving process.
The paper analyzes the experiences of four countries. They are Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine. Selection of these countries is based on the following criteria: all these countries were part of the soviet system and started developing independent statehood in the early 90th of XXth; correspondingly lack of participatory experience; intervention of Russian politics in the internal affair; varying attitudes toward the neighbor and Russian federation; all four countries are enrolled in ongoing or frozen conflict with neighbor.
The policy paper is based on qualitative research methodology. At the initial stage, desk research was conducted to review scientific literature and social media data. Based on the collected materials, a semi-structural guide was prepared, the main instrument of round tables implemented in all the above-mentioned countries.
The full responsibility for the opinions and the information provided in the document is taken by the author and is not the representation of the Bpb or EENCE.