Meeting pupils from Morley Schools to talk about their visit to Auschwitz

Yesterday I was able to meet sixth form students from various schools in Morley to hear about their recent visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.

The pupils that visited were from Morley High, Woodkirk College, and Rodillian School and they spoke to me about their experiences on the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project.

The Project is based on the principle that ‘hearing is not like seeing’, and aims to help young people learn about the Holocaust and its relevance for today, and educate others about it.

Following the visit, students are able to use the experience to commemorate and educate others about the Holocaust in their own schools and in their local communities – the work that they do is truly inspiring.

The trips are funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, which enabled around 200 students and teachers from across Yorkshire and the Humber to visit.

We all agree that the Holocaust is a horrific chapter in our recent history that must not be forgotten. Racism and fascism led to the murder and persecution of millions of families. Speaking to the young people today, I was moved to hear their passion about stamping out racism so that horrors of this kind are never allowed to happen again.

In our national curriculum, every young person now learns about the Holocaust. I hope many more young people get the opportunity to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, and see first-hand the camps that caused so much suffering, and meet the Holocaust survivors who offer us a legacy of hope.

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Posted April 1st, 2010 by Ed