|The project kicked off in the late fall of 2015 with a logo competition to designate the logo for the whole project. RISS won the competition with Rana’s very professional looking design:|
The first module took place in January 2016 at our partner the Goetheschule Essen. This involved an MUN-style debate and historical simulation about the Versailles Conference in 1919. Students from partner countries joined forces to represent participants at the Paris Peace talks and debate about the issues that faced the peacemakers of the time.
The second module was at Ikast-Brande School in Denmark in September 2016. Taking as subject ‘transforming the mindset during and after WWI’ RISS students read WWI poetry, and coincidentally, during their 9th grade trip, they were able to visit the battlefields of Ypres, Belgium and take photos of actual battle sites. They then could link these photos to the poems they had read.
In preparation for the module, RISS students also wrote and filmed a play based on WWI poetry. In Ikast the RISS group participated in writing and acting in drama productions again based on WWI poetry.
For the third module in March 2017, "Transforming Europe through the Continuing Impact of Technological and Scientific Developments during WWI", which took place at RISS, students wrote a war wiki on technology, weaponry and medical treatment in WWI. Each partner group was also given an assignment to prepare a section of the documentary film on these aspects: aerial photography, chemical weapons, codes and intelligence, psychological impact of war and communication. These videos also looked at the continuing impact of these technologies up to the present day.
In preparation for the filming and editing of these video clips, a workshop was held at RISS where professional filmmaker Dan van der Kooy talked to the group and to partners through a Google link.
This module also included a visit to the battlefields of Ypres where all the students did research on their topics through museum visits, site visits and interviews of experts at the In Flanders Field Museum and the Pashendaele Research Centre. These sources were also added to the video which was compiled at RISS and premiered the last evening of the module at a special reception.
The next module took place in Varazdin in Croatia. Students at RISS analysed political cartoons from the WWI era in order to explore the subject of "Transforming Political and Moral Convictions in Europe during and after WWI”. These also included discussions of ethical issues in warfare. In Varazdin students created presentations on propaganda and visited the City Museum where they examined WWI artefacts from period weapons to letters from soldiers and newspaper drawings and articles.
This module was back in Essen exploring the topic “Transforming Europe through Artistic Visions of War and Peace”. Preparation at RISS included a visit and lecture at the Museum van Boijmans in Rotterdam. Students analysed paintings and artists who were influenced by their war experiences. They also produced their own works which they brought to Essen.
In Essen, all the students participated in creating a peace monument. They also did artwork inspired by the war, and visited the Folkwang Museum where they sketched drawings, paintings and sculpture from the period. The visit was capped off with a visit to the Zollverein where the students presented their artwork to a German European Parliament member.
Our last module took place in June 2018 in Lublin Poland. Called “Transforming Europe through Peace-Making and Peace-Keeping”, it was kicked off in the partner’s home countries where students created local and personal history projects that covered the past 100 years. Emphasis was also on peace as well as war experiences in these countries. In Lublin students were trained in advanced Photoshop techniques using photos they had taken of buildings in this historical city. From these photos and from projects completed in their home schools, they organised a micro-history multimedia festival. The students also visited the Jewish Museum of Lublin where they followed the micro-history of a young Jewish boy who was murdered in the Holocaust.