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Teacher Visits Scene Of The Holocaust


7:41am 12th November 2013
(Updated 9:59am 12th November 2013)

A Dorset humanities teacher has been chosen to join a pioneering group that aims to improve the way children are taught about the Holocaust.

Kevin Matthews from the Thomas Hardye School has visited a number of former Nazi death camp sites in Poland with 19 other teachers. 13 women and 7 men, selected for the project.

The teachers use their experience to develop new creative ways of teaching young students about the traumatic history of genocide.

They visited the remains of the former extermination camp of Treblinka, where some 900,000 people were murdered in just 16 months, and Warsaw to seek out traces of the community destroyed in this genocide.

Kevin Matthews says:   "The trip was challenging on many levels and a valuable learning experience for all involved.  I firmly believe that learning about these events is essential for all people since these devastating watersheds in our past are a crime, not only against the individuals who suffer directly, but against the whole of humanity."

Mike Foley, Headteacher at the Thomas Hardye School, said: "We were keen to support Kevin's visit as part of our commitment to Holocaust education. It provides an invaluable link with the past and an opportunity for Kevin to bring his own learning experience into the classroom at Thomas Hardye."

The teachers are from schools chosen earlier this year by the University of London's Institute for Education.



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