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

Okładka instrucji IX edycji konkursu „Historia Bliska”Here we present resources “for download”. They can serve various educational purposes, not only in history but in other areas of education too. They can be useful at school and after school activities both for teachers and pupils. They include: articles, instructions, official documents (e.g. relating to ministerial directives), manuals, as well as other resources showing how different problems in historical education are tackled by teachers in other countries.

We would be happy to present here also texts send by users of our website who wish to share their experiences and give advice to the others.

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Toolkit for Young Educators: human rights and minorities

Are you looking for inspiration for your workshop about human rights and minorities? Are you interested on one of the topics: Jan Karski, Irena Sendler, refugees/migrants, Roma minority, autism in Poland: contemporary hurdles and a haunted past, rights of LGBTQ persons, rights of persons with a different national/ethnic background: the case of Jews. Download this toolkit. The publication was conducted within a framework of the "Humanity in Action Poland's Fellowship 2013: Poland in Theory and Practice: from Resistance to S/solidarity, from Transformation to Civic Society."

Author Humanity in Action Polska
Date added: 2014-08-04
Group: Education

From the editors
I. Human Rights – a historical and contemporary perspective, Radosław Milczarski
II. Education and human rights, Monika Mazur-Rafał, Magdalena Szarota
III. Workshop scenarios
III. 1. State interference and control, Monika Lipka
III. 2. Minority-Majority relationships, Monika Mazur-Rafał, Magdalena Szarota
III. 3. Social rights, Monika Lipka
III. 4. The rights of accused and convicted persons, Monika Lipka
III. 5. Freedom of speech, Monika Mazur-Rafał, Magdalena Szarota
IV. Interpretation of visual sources, Jerzy Kochanowski, Katarzyna Czajka
Short biographies of the authors
Fundacja Ośrodka KARTA, ul. Narbutta 29, 02-536 Warszawa, tel.: (+48 22) 844 10 55, e-mail:

Author Radosław Milczarski, Monika Mazur-Rafał, Magdalena Szarota, Monika Lipka, Jerzy Kochanowski, Katarzyna Czajka
Date added: 2014-07-30
Interpreting iconographic sources (HISTORY AND HUMAN RIGHTS)

The aim of this part of textbook is to push recipients of the educational section to self interpretation of iconographic sources. So we present photos and comments separately. You can find there a proposal of a workshop. The sources are divided thematic: a) state interference and control – no 5, 10, 12, 13, 23, 27, b) relations between Minorities and Majorities – no 1, 2, 6, 11, 15, 29, c) social rights – no 7, 14, 16, 17, 20, 30, d) rights of accused and of convicted persons – number 3, 8, 9, 21, 24, 26, e) freedom of speech – number  4, 18, 19, 22, 25, 28. Most of the rights mentioned in interpretative texts were only codified after the events shown in the illustrations. The regulation of rights was, therefore, a kind of reaction to events and the rights were made law in order to ensure that similar events do not occur in the future. 

Author Jerzy Kochanowski, Katarzyna Czajka
Date added: 2014-07-30
Group: Sources, Methodology
Suggestions of combining historical education with education for human rights

Suggestions of combining historical education with education for human rights are a result of the project "Local Library as a place of human rights education: a textbook for educators and training". The project was implemented within the TEACHING HUMAN RIGHTS programme with support from the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”.

Author Agnieszka Kudełka
Date added: 2014-07-18
Group: Methodology
5 Workshop Scenarios


"State interference and control"

by Monika Lipka


"Relations between Minorities and Majorities"

by Monika Mazur-Rafał & Magdalena Szarota


"Social rights"

by Monika Lipka


"The rights of accused and of convicted persons"

by Monika Lipka


"Freedom of speech"

by Monika Mazur-Rafał & Magdalena Szarota 


Fundacja Ośrodka KARTA

ul. Narbutta 29
02-536 Warszawa
tel.: (+48 22) 848 07 12; 848-07-28; 848-07-61
faks: (+48 22) 646 65 11
kolportaż: (+48 22) 826 56 98

Author Monika Lipka
Date added: 2014-03-11
Group: Sources, Methodology
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