“The narratives of history and postcoloniality. Myths, Concepts and Problems” was the generic title of two short-term training (ACD) actions, delivered by CECS researchers to 2nd and 3rd cycle History teachers (basic and unified), at the Schools Francisco de Holanda. The actions took place on October 9 and 10, between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm, at the Teacher Training Center of the Francisco de Holanda Secondary School in Guimarães.
The first ACD dealt with “Luso-tropicalism vs Strategic Communication”, “Policies of Silence: The School Manuals” and “’Portugalidade’ vs Lusofonias”. On the last day, the training was about “Colonialism vs. Postcolonialism”, “Social Representations of Colonialism: History Manuals and Cinema” and “The Virtual Museum of Lusophony as an Intercultural Possibility”. Both trainings are the result of a proposal made at the teachers’ training centers in the north of the country last July, with new actions coming soon.
The instructors of these actions were CECS researchers Isabel Macedo, Pedro Rodrigues Costa and Vitor de Sousa. The initiative is a product of a project developed by CECS, co-ordinated by Pedro Rodrigues Costa and Vitor de Sousa, entitled “Rotary Seminars in Secondary Schools – School Year 2019/2020”. The purpose of this project is to deconstruct issues associated with the problems of colonialism and postcolonialism. Portuguese history textbooks omit themes and lead to various misconceptions. It is therefore important to reflect critically on your current panorama with your teachers. In addition to the coordinators, the project team consists of Ana Macedo, Edson Capoano, Isabel Macedo, Fernando Lopes, Rosa Cabecinhas and Sheila Khan.
All these formations are registered in the Virtual Museum of Lusophony, as an intercultural possibility. In addition, it is intended to encourage the relationship and dynamics between CECS and the surrounding communities, namely the school communities; publicize and promote the Virtual Museum of Lusophony; and disseminate, promote and communicate the scientific productions of CECS.
The training was funded by the Human Capital Operational Program (Portugal 2020 Operational Program and European Union – European Social Fund).