‘Bridging the Baltic History Education’ Strategy (BTB Strategy) for 2014–2020 establishes the goals and educational methodologies for building a sense of neighbourliness in the Baltic Sea Region, specifically starting with Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Sweden – countries involved in the project Different Nations – Shared Experiences (DNSE).
The BTB Strategy covers the 7-year period of 2014–2020. Given the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and Nordic-Baltic cooperation encouraging common activities for a more cohesive and prosperous region, education should also serve this purpose and should be a point of focus. The BTB Strategy sets out the goals and actions for reaching young people and improving their knowledge of the region.
The BTB Strategy is based on research the Unitas Foundation carried out from 2010 to 2013. The research points out that in the context of the region’s aims of further economic, environmental, cultural and political cooperation. Having an educated and aware youth will in the future contribute to better communication and mutual understanding. Therefore, Baltic Sea Region history topics that explain the similarities, differences and links in the region would greatly contribute to tackling stereotypical thinking and prejudice in the region.
Education is the key to changing people’s perceptions, and therefore, history courses on the region could greatly benefit the whole region. As students have a rather poor knowledge of regional history, the BTB Strategy aims to resolve this problem.