The website "Learning from History" is a publication platform
for educational projects (realized in schools
and in out-of-school, youth education)
dedicated to the history of Poland and its neighbors in the 20th century and human rights

In The Project Method William H. Kilpatrick proposed a teaching method which emphasize the role of self-education based on the common realization of a task initiated by the teacher. The idea of the "project method" can also be useful in historical education. Here we publish some educational projects in which pupils try to interpret the experience of 20th century totalitarian regimes. They use in their activities many tools and solutions that challenge the standard model of school education.

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Taking Away Children's Rights in National Socialism and Saving Children's Rights Today
17 November 2014
The learning module wants pupils to discuss what rights are and why children need rights. After looking back at disenfranchisement in history, it shows pupils the importance of saving rights today. It asks them how a declaration should look like and what the pupils can do for keeping children’s/human rights alive. By the historical example of Jewish children during National Socialism the learning module shows how disenfranchisement could have happened and therefore makes obvious, that it is important to save children’s rights.
Never again – why we need children’s rights!
14 November 2014

In the learning module, the concept of “learning for Human Rights”, or in this case “Children’s Rights” is brought into focus. The students get to know the Geneva Declaration of the Rights of a Child and the UNCRC. As Eckmann states in her article, it is difficult to learn how to prevent the violation of human rights within Holocaust Education, but the author hopes this learning module will lead towards an attitude of taking actions against the violations of children’s rights. Therefore it is also necessary to teach “within Human Rights”, so the learning module combines the visit of a memorial, active methods and group work.

The problem of refugees yesterday and today: case study of DP camps
13 November 2014

The Learning Module cosist of 3 interactive lessons about the history of DP camps and a guided tour to memorial place and exhibition of Museum in Bergen-Belsen conected to discussions on feelings after visit of memorial place and topics related to the question of history of DP camps which are prepared by the students in advance. 

Children and Soviet repression policy in 1930s
12 November 2014

History of childhood in Stalin’s times and history of children’s rights are equally important for this educational module and allow to see the process of recognition of children as an object of protection against abuse, as a historical subject. History of childhood is interesting and emotionally appealing for young people. It is a great framework for them to see a historical epoch through the eyes of his or her peers and understand that childhood is an inherently valued period of life – not just preparation for adulthood. 

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