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One of the key differences between the exhibition Anne Frank, let me be myself, and previous exhibitions is our extensive New Zealand focused education programme. As well as series of free tailored materials available to educators bringing groups to the exhibition, HCNZ has also set about training peer guides; young people nominated by their school to guide their classmates around the exhibition. In Auckland, we had an incredible 105 young people sign up to the peer guide training held by education director Chris Harris in September, and they have been instrumental in taking groups of school pupils around the installation. So far we’ve had 5000 school children tour the exhibition. “I’m extremely happy with the numbers, we are seeing a real dedication to schools in visiting the exhibition and that is so satisfying to us,” says Harris. “I think that the students are getting a sense that this event may have happened in the past but when they view the modern section that they see that discrimination and prejudice exists in our world today, that we all have a part in ending this hatred towards each other.”   The Wellington exhibition is due to open late May, and Harris will be undertaking training with schools in Wellington on April 10th.   “I am looking forward to Wellington. We have schools that are showing expressions of interest or booking appointments already, I would like to see more guides as this is such a great initiative and we are seeing the rewards in Auckland of this.” If you would like to find out more about the peer guide scheme, please email education@holocaustcentre.org.nz

Education update March 2018

 
 
 
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