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Why history of the Holocaust is vital for our children
12:10pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
A TEACHER from Basildon has been chosen as part of a select group to travel to former Nazi death camps in Poland to influence how schools teach children across the country about the Holocaust.
Tony Cole, a teacher from Children’s Support Services South Quadrant –which supports young people from its base in Fairview Road who are not in education – will join 19 other teachers from around England on the trip.
They will visit the remains of the former death camp Treblinka in Poland where 900,000 people, mainly Jews, fell victim to Hitler’s genocide.
The 20 teachers were chosen earlier this year by the Institute of Education to develop sensitive and innovative ways to help young people learn about the history of the Holocaust.
As an Institute of Education Beacon School, CSS South will support local secondary schools to enhance the way they teach pupils about the Holocaust.
Mr Cole said: “It is a privilege to be part of the project. It is vital young people are provided with a full understanding of the history of the Holocaust.
“In particular that they gain an informed insight into the impact it had on the lives of individuals, families and communities.
“The programme aims to assist and support schools to fulfil this aim.”
The group of teachers,, including 13 women and seven men, are visiting Poland this week.
Their visit will also take in sites associated with the courageous doctor, educationist and children’s author Janusz Korczak.
In the years before the war, Korczak set up an orphanage and, after Nazi Germany’s occupation of Poland, Korczak and his children were forced into the Warsaw ghetto where half amillion people were crowded into just a few streets.
In 1942 Korczak was offered a chance to escape the ghetto but refused to abandon the children who were in his care.
He, all the children and staff from the orphanage, nearly 200 of them, were then put to death at Treblinka.
The Institute of Education is part of the University of London and is Britain’s leading centre for educational research and teacher training.
Its Centre for Holocaust Education, which leads the Beacon School programme, was established in 2008.
It aims to “work with teachers to transform Holocaust education”.
Teacher will travel to Poland to develop new ways of learning ‘
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