On Friday March 15 the History department of ESHCC - in particular dr. Robbert-Jan Adriaansen - organized the fifth National History Education Conference together with the Dutch History Teacher’s Association (VGN).
Because of the sixtieth anniversary of VGN the conference was attended by King Willem-Alexander. In the morning programme Carla van Boxtel (UvA) and Tim Huijgen (RUG) spoke about the developments in Dutch history education over the past sixty years and reflected on the future of the school subject. On the one hand they noticed that many of the current discussions are repetitions of earlier ones, but on the other they signalled the importance of making sure that the history educator’s voice is heard in contemporary initiatives to renew the school curriculum.
During the break, the King spoke with history education and teacher training representatives, and with the organizers of the conference (VGN and ESHCC). The afternoon programme - consisting of workshops for history educators – completed the festive and lively conference in the beautiful Loevestein Castle.