From October 28. until November 01. a delegation of Israeli history and civic studies teachers took part in a joint seminar with their Bavarian counterparts in Munich. The seminar is based on the joint German-Israeli Textbook Commission's recommendation to establish bilateral teacher working groups, in which the teachers work together on developing learning units for a history and civic studies subject that is lacking from the school curricula about the other country.
Throughout the three-day seminar, the teachers gave presentations about the different educational systems in both countries and wrote about eight different subjects in History and civic studies. The Bavarian teachers wrote about subjects that the Israelis felt were missing from their curriculum and vice versa. Some subject examples: the history of Jerusalem, "Stunde Null", Neo-Nazis and the German legal system, Masada as a historical and national project, and the relation between State and Church in Germany.
The framework program served to give the Israeli teachers an additional insight into German history, in order for them to get a personal feel for what they are teaching about in their classrooms. The framework program included a historical walking tour of Munich, as well as a guided tour of the NS Documentation Center, with a focus on the pedagogical aspect.
The Bavarian delegation will come to Israel in March of 2019 for the continuation of the project.