Recently, we concluded a workshop series for high school teachers based on the research Sushrita Acharjee worked on for History for Peace, on the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. (Click here to view the research documents.)
Designed and conducted by experienced History teacher Sunita Biswas (MHS, Kolkata), this workshop series brought to life the exciting potential in Sushrita's research which weaves in photography, paintings, songs and collectible ephemera. The workshops aimed to facilitate teachers in coming up with creative ideas and practical ways of channeling the research into classroom engagements with students. The fifth and final session of the series had Shafia Afroz, educator from Bangladesh, presenting us with perspectives from across the border, and offering a window into how the 1971 Liberation War is taught in Dhaka.
Below are links to the classroom resources developed through this workshop series. Each resource also contains a link to the respective research documents which collectively were the foundation for this series.
1971: Songs of Liberation
Liberation War in Images: Paintings
The Lasting Impact of Collectible Ephemera
Liberation War in Images: Photography
Download the entire teaching module here:
Bangladeshi classroom perspectives
on the 1971 Liberation War
The presentation by Shafia Afroz in the fifth and final session was followed by a Q & A around some very integral and meaningful issues. You can read a report on the same here.