Seminaries for the Czech teachers “How to teach about the Holocaust“, Spring 2016

For Spring 2016 the Terezín Memorial lists two terms of the first-level seminars on teaching about the Holocaust, which have been organized since 2000 under the auspices of the Czech Ministry of Education at the Jewish Museum in Prague and in the Terezín Memorial.

These training courses are designed not only for teachers of history and social science at all, but also for professionals of other subjects, primary school teachers, etc. They represent the first stage in a multistage educational system. Seminar participants have the opportunity to not only learn more details about the history of the persecution of the Jews, Roma and other population groups during the 2nd World War, but also meet, in subsequent stages, the representatives of foreign organizations which are also engaged in this issue, and to get acquainted with methods of teaching this topic in various European and overseas countries. In the following years they can also visit and learn details about the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Ravensbrück Memorial, and finally they have a chance to attend a multi-day seminar at Yad Vashem in Israel.

So far the seminars have been attended by more than 2.000 Czech teachers and have received a very good reputation, both for its content and organization quality. In spring 2016, visitors can sign up for a seminar on the following dates: 19th – 21st February 2016 and 4th – 6th March 2016. For contacts and the application form, as well as programmes of previous years, please visit the Terezín Memorial website, the section of Education.

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