Mémoriaction – the reconciliation of memories, Focus on Belgian colonization in DR Congo

An educational tool on reconciliation and post-conflict memory work

In a conflict, different parties oppose each other. After the conflict, memories are torn apart. Alongside so-called “historical” truths, more subjective truths and experiences with less fixed contours unfold, at the heart of each society. This tool will make it possible to address post-conflict memory work at school, from the perspective of Belgian colonization in DR Congo.

Taking into account this question of memory is fundamental in post-war contexts or after crimes committed because this makes it possible to initiate reconciliation between the parties and, more generally, to move towards lasting living together. Memory is therefore intimately linked to society, just as the work of memory is to democracy.

Working on Belgian decolonization and/or the Spanish Civil War

This educational file includes two parts but can be approached in a modular way.
The theoretical part, on the one hand, takes up the evolution of scientific theories on questions of reconciliation, illustrated by concrete examples. The practical section, on the other hand, presents two case studies: the case of the Spanish War and of Belgian decolonization. The major innovation of this revised tool compared to 2014 lies in the second practical case discussed. By offering reading keys to students, the ambition of this tool is not only to be able to avoid sterile polarizations but also to be able to look at a common past to better build a future together.

What are the objectives of these tools?

This present project aims to revisit an educational tool from Justice & Peace first published in 2014. While it is essential to study the historical aspect of the facts, this tool aims to underline the importance of also addressing the experience and memory linked to events. We wish to give young people the necessary tools to understand what the plurality of memories is, as well as the issues and the importance of memory work as an essential component of peace and the coexistence of societies.

Who is this tool for?

This file is mainly aimed to upper secondary teachers wishing to work on the transmission of memory with their class group, thanks to a “turnkey” tool, allowing the teacher to approach the subject independently in their class. This file is also aimed at people who work in the socio-cultural field, in supervision, training or animation with young people, as well as anyone curious to deepen their civic engagement and learn more about the world around them. Educational activities as well as theoretical concepts are accessible from 15 years old.

Features of the tool on memory work

Pages : 50

Modular : 1 theoretical part, a “case study” part on the Spanish Civil War, a “case study” part on the Belgian colonization in the DR Congo

Price : 10 €

Year of publication : 2023 (reissue of a 2014 tool)

“Turnkey” format, this tool is complete

Annexes available this way

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What is the link with school programs?

This educational file allows you to address the concepts of democracy and colonization in history teaching. Furthermore, it is part of the terminal skills in History thanks to the mobilization of attitudes and know-how such as being informed, and demonstrating critical thinking in order to enable action. It also makes it possible to address the constituent elements of a decolonization process. The latter will adapt perfectly to the new programs (from 2027) for history, humanities, social sciences, morality and religion courses. It is therefore a durable tool, which can be reused widely throughout the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
This file also allows us to work on education in Philosophy and Citizenship through the concepts of freedom and responsibility that it allows us to address as well as the process of democratic discussion (UAA 3.1.5) and questions of justice ( UAA 3.2.4.) which he questions.

Download or view the annexes

Appendix 1 – Democratic debate (Announce the color)

Appendix 2 – Managing emotions (Announce the color)

Appendix 3 – Diego’s story (student version)

Appendix 4 – Laura’s story (student version)

Appendix 5 – Analysis grid (student version)

Appendix 6 – Diego’s story (teacher version)

Appendix 7 – Laura’s story (teacher version)

Appendix 8 – Analysis grid (teacher version)

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