Jim Heal (English Teacher and Behaviour & Discipline SLE) describing the use of Harkness to develop Independent Learning

zTeaching Genocide: Lessons from Srebrenica

Date & Time: Monday 26 September 2016
16:30 - 19:00
Event Type: Workshop
Event Format: Twilight
Venue: Wellington College
Event Cost: Free
Event Focus Categories: Subject Extension
Event Subject or Topic Area: History, International Relations, Politics, Philosophy and Religion
Target Audience: Teachers of History, Politics, Philosophy and Religion
Event Description:

The Srebrenica massacre, also known as the Srebrenica genocide was the genocidal killing, in July 1995, of more than 8,000 Muslim Bosniaks, mainly men and boys, in and around the town of Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.

The killings were perpetrated by units of the Bosnian Serb Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) under the command of General Ratko Mladić. The Scorpions, a paramilitary unit from Serbia, who had been part of the Serbian Interior Ministry until 1991, also participated in the massacre. In April 1993 the United Nations had declared the besieged enclave of Srebrenica—in the Drina Valley of northeastern Bosnia—a "safe area" under UN protection. However, in July 1995, soldiers in Srebrenica failed to prevent the town's capture by the VRS — and the subsequent massacre.

"Running away we were under constant bombardment by Serb artillery from the hills. On that Death Road, an endless column of men and boys, many were killed and the wounded were crying out for help, in vain. In the chaos, I lost my father and ran through the crowd crying and calling for him." Nedžad Avdić - Survivor


This would suit teachers who are looking for ways to tackle difficult subject material surrounding modern genocide, and are looking for ways to extend able VI Form pupils. This is a rare opportunity to speak with people who have survived a modern conflict and who have a unique insight into post-conflict society.

Event Outcomes:

  • Understand the complex events of the Balkan Wars of 1992-95
  • Share teaching ideas on emotionally challenging topics
  • Strategies for incorporating challenging topics into the curriculum

Course Leader 1: Robin Macpherson (Head of History & Professional Learning)
Robin Macpherson is Head of Professional Learning at Wellington College. He has been a Head of History for seven years at both Repton Dubai and Wellington. He has been an examiner for SQA, Edexcel and currently the IBO. He teaches summer schools for OSC at Cambridge and has co-authored the CIE IGCSE History textbook which will be published by CUP in 2016. He also leads the WC Peace and Conflict Institute and as Head of Professional Learning organises the Daily Telegraph Festival of Education. His Twitter handle is @RJAMWC.
Course Leader 2: Resad Trbonja Resad Trbonja was a teenager when Bosnia was consumed by war in 1992. He spend almost four years in the Bosnian Army, defending his home city of Sarajevo during the siege. He went on to work for the UN and the EU, and now works for Remembering Srebrenica. He continues to live and work in Sarajevo.
Course Leader 3: Nedžad Avdić Nedžad Avdić was a teenager when the Bosnian Serb Army under General Ratko Mladic surrounded his home town of Srebrenica. He was shot and dumped in a mass grave, but managed to crawl out and survived. He was one of only a few who survived this act of Genocide; over 8,000 Bosnian Muslims did not. He still lives in Srebrenica despite the fact that the area was ethnically cleansed and now travels and gives talks on his experiences.
No of Participants: 55
SPONSOR/PARTNER Wellington College
Wellington College


The Wellington College Teaching School Partners