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Pupils offered lifelong lesson in humility

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:52 12 August 2010

A GROUP which teaches schoolchildren about the horrors that happened in Nazi concentration camps is inviting schools to participate in its spring programme.

A GROUP which teaches schoolchildren about the horrors that happened in Nazi concentration camps is inviting schools to participate in its spring programme.

The Holocaust Educational Trust's (HET) Lessons from Auschwitz project is a four-part course for post-16 students and teachers, which includes a one-day visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

The trust will hold an unprecedented 11 Projects between February and June, including two courses dedicated to teachers.

Karen Pollock, HET chief executive, said: "Last year alone, close to 3,000 pupils and teachers from across the county benefited from this important project.

"We call upon all teachers to ensure their pupils do not miss out on this opportunity by registering their schools to take part."

The scheme is now in its twelfth year and has taken over 9,000 students and teachers from across the UK to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The trust claims that its visits to Poland, combined with orientation and follow-up seminars, leave an unforgettable emotional and educational mark on participants.

The project aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust, based on the premise that 'hearing is not like seeing' and to signal what can happen if prejudice and racism become acceptable.

For the final stage of the course, participants design and carry out a "Next Steps" project focusing on the contemporary lessons of the Holocaust in their schools and local communities.

Teachers interested in registering their school to take part in one of these projects should email info@lfaproject.org.uk including the name and location of their school or college.

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