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The Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of Deusto (CAE) and the Basque Youth Council led a learning community in the 2019-2020 academic year to explore young people’s questions and reflections on the politically motivated violence experienced in the Basque Country over the last fifty years.
One of the main objectives of this community was to identify the keys as to how the history of this violence can be taught in a way that it is conducive to its delegitimisation and the building of a culture of peace. Initially, 11 young people aged 17 to 25 years took part - 7 of whom continued until the end - with different academic profiles and family, social and political backgrounds, but with a common interest in discussing their concerns and experiences.
These are some of the tentative conclusions reached by the project's team of researchers:
These tentative findings will be further tested in a second phase of the learning community with education professionals.
The Learning Community has shown the potential of a teaching process to trigger questions and raise concerns in young people’s collective imagination and to encourage more complex historical narratives of what happened.
The research team has compiled the results in three notebooks.
On 24 September 2021, researchers Ángela Bemúdez, Izaskun Sáez de la Fuente and Jesús Prieto presented the results of the project in Bilbao. Two of the young participants were also present. The following video summarises the press conference in 8 minutes.