Shared Histories

Inscription dans le Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation ~ Citadelle de Besançon

Shared Histories – Mémoires Héritées – Histoire Partagée


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An International School programme to commemorate the First World War.

Shared Histories offers a framework for schools in New Zealand, Australia and France, including New Caledonia, to form partnerships and work on collaborative projects on the theme of WW1.

The Shared Histories programme was initially created in October 2013 to raise awareness about the contribution of the New Zealand Division who fought on the western front during WW1 among young New Zealand and French people.

The success of its first phase has led to expanding this programme to include Australian schools, and thus reflect the wider historical context and the contribution of the ANZAC in the Great War.

French territories of the Pacific – New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis & Futuna – are also invited to participate. The intention of the programme is to provide students with the opportunity to discover the profound significance and impact of the sacrifices made by participating countries and territories through interacting and exchanging in an authentic context. … read more

Shared Histories also helps you create a partnership with a French speaking school.

If you have an existing partnership with a French school, all you need to do is create your school profiles and partnership online to submit your common project.

Call for projects 2016-2017

Visit the Shared Histories website page for all information about this wonderful opportunity for your students.


Ten Young Ambassadors selected to walk in the footsteps of their elders on WW1 French battlefields.

Ten Kiwi students have been selected from ten schools from around the country to travel to France from September 10 to 25, 2016 in the context of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

These highly motivated young New Zealanders will act as “Young Ambassadors” of their country, school and local communities throughout their visit of WWI battlefields and meeting with local families and schools.

Read the Embassy’s press release.

From the report of departing Éducation Attaché, Patrick Coustance.

Proposal for 2015 -2016

In view of the development of the Shared Histories programme in 2015-2016 and beyond, the following factors may be taken into consideration:

–       In the first two years of its operation, Shared Histories has been successful in involving more than 30 schools in collaborative projects on WW1, creating a significant impact in the education system in terms of a greater awareness and understanding of New Zealand’s participation in the Great War.

–       However, nearly two years into the commemoration period, a decline in the public’s interest is noticeable, both in NZ and in France. A fresh impetus is now needed in order to motivate schools so that the project can be sustained throughout the commemoration period.


–       While 2015 was the anniversary of Gallipoli, in 2016, the focus will move to the Western Front, particularly the Somme area, where the NZ Division was engaged from 1916 until the end of the war. This will no doubt rekindle interest in the commemoration, as media attention will turn to that period of the war which took place in north-east France and Belgium. A number of NZ schools are planning trips to France in 2016.

–       Many commemoration ceremonies will take place in the Somme during that year, with representatives of the countries which were involved, including NZ. The French Mission du Centenaire is planning to organize a large meeting of young people from all the belligerent countries.

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