The project activities involve two schools: Forma Giovani, a professional institute in San Giovanni in Persiceto, and a secondary school in Castiglione dei Pepoli. Forma Giovani is working on this kind of European project for the first time.
The class involved is multicultural with many students from countries in North Africa and Eastern Europe. With help of an expert the students will find a connection between their family, local and national history, working to create an active participation in European citizenship. The school in Castaglione dei Pepoli is located in the territory of the Gothic Line and has already taken part in a previous project on historical memory.
Both Italian schools are tackling as topic a local event of Gothic Line. Despite their different backgrounds they are proceeding with the same steps:
- Reconstructing the historic context and the sequence of events
- Exploring the difference between history and memory
- Debating how the war changes people, the problems of returning home and dealing with memories
- Critical discussion of the sources. Students are assessing selected books about the Monte Sole massacre in chronological order, focusing on what the author is offering: history or personal recollection, which aspects of the massacre are highlighted and questions relating to any controversy arising from the book’s publication
- Researching the use of verbal testimonies
- Meeting with eye-witnesses
- A visit to the location of memory using the living diorama method