Ohrid in Macedonia was the setting from 31 March to 5 April 2014 for the Euroclio Annual Conference, which was attended by eighteen Albanian history teachers from Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro; as result of cooperation between Euroclio and the Georg Eckert Institute.
In previous years, Albanian participants had been few and far between at the Euroclio conference; teachers from Albania, as they do not fall within the remit of the Erasmus scheme, usually struggle to find funding to attend European events, and likewise are not covered by projects relating to the former Yugoslavia, of which Albania was not part, such as the planned history textbook covering the erstwhile Yugoslav states.
This deficit could be balanced this year by funds from the Federal Foreign Office in Germany. The Georg Eckert Institute provided funding for 10 Albanian history teachers to attend the conference and organised an additional programme of events for them. This allowed the Albanian-language teachers in attendance to build networks beyond national borders and meet other history teachers from the region and from western Europe, while the Slavic-language teachers from the region gained the opportunity to get to know members of what has generally been a highly isolated Albanian minority and engage with their shared status as members of one state and inhabitants of the same territory.
Photo by Claudia Lichnofsky