The Education Minister has today confirmed his support for the restoration of a Programme that gives local students the opportunity to learn more about the holocaust.
Lessons from Auschwitz is an educational and commemorative programme open to 16-18 year old students.
Participants are given the opportunity to develop their historical understanding of the Holocaust and consider its relevance today.
Peter Weir said: “This is an important programme for Northern Ireland, both in terms of education and good relations so I am keen to see a restoration of the Programme so it is available to students here, and therefore I am delighted to confirm my commitment to its resumption.
“It provides important opportunities for students to learn, first-hand, lessons from our collective history and apply them to their current context. The Holocaust Educational Trust has provided an important educational programme for students here for a number of years.”
As part of the project, young people hear directly from a Holocaust survivor, join a one-day visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau and share what they have learned with their schools and communities, ensuring that the lessons of the past are remembered.
Concluding the Minister said: “While I appreciate that detailed funding arrangements will need to be finalised, a resumption of Lessons from Auschwitz Programme provides an important historical perspective for how we live today. I would encourage schools and pupils to take up the chance to take part in the Programme if the opportunity arises.”