“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
A new UNESCO publication, Combating Intolerance, Exclusion and Violence through Holocaust Education, is launched in time to mark UNESCO International Holocaust Day Message 2010 (January 27). The publication examines how Holocaust Education could be used in the African context to address issues such as peace and conflict, human rights violations, tolerance, racism and respect for diversity.
The publication, which reflects UNESCO's continuing commitment to promoting Holocaust awareness and combating all forms of Holocaust denial, is based on the proceedings of a workshop of the same name held in May 2009.
The three-day workshop, held at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris brought together experts in the field of education and, in particular Holocaust education, from several continents to focus on two areas; work being carried out by educators in Europe and North American around issues relating to the Holocaust and how best to implement Holocaust education in sub-Saharan Africa.
The publication examines how Holocaust Education could be used in the African context to address issues such as peace and conflict, human rights violations, tolerance, racism and respect for diversity. Â It includes reflections, case studies and pedagogy for combating intolerance, exclusion and violence using the Holocaust as a learning paradigm.
UNESCO is a member of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research which consists of representatives of government, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations. Its purpose is to place political and social leaders' support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance, and research both nationally and internationally.