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UNESCO publishes policy guide on education about the Holocaust


UNESCO has published a policy guide on Education about the Holocaust and preventing genocide, with recommendations for educational stakeholders. The publication will serve as a resource for policy-makers, curriculum developers, textbooks writers and publishers, as well as educators.

It suggests key learning objectives for education about the Holocaust, as well as topics and activities aligned with the educational frameworks relevant to the UNESCO Global Citizenship Education programme.

The policy guide shows how education about the Holocaust, and more broadly genocide and mass atrocities, can meet some of the world's educational policy priorities. It also provides policy-makers with rationale to teach about the history of genocides in a variety of contexts. The policy guide identifies key areas of implementation: curricula, textbooks, professional development, classroom practices, cooperation with museums, memorials and the civil society, adult education, and commemorative activities.

The new publication builds on the expertise of many Holocaust and genocide related organizations, including the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It contains various links to historical and educational resources relating to several cases of genocides and mass atrocities and explains how they can be taught. The guide focuses primarily on the history of the genocide of the Jewish people by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. Some principles and policies outlined are applicable to other cases of genocide and mass atrocities.

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