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Supporting Human Rights through Holocaust education.
Educator training is a core part of the education programmes of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre. Workshops for educators across the Western Cape province are held regularly in partnership with the Western Cape Education Department.

The workshops support the development of a human rights culture through creating a classroom environment that encourages learning and compassion.
Educator workshops are designed to develop the educator’s knowledge of the Holocaust and to give educators support through strengthening their methodology.

The workshops support educators in making what they teach relevant to the contemporary issues facing their learners such as xenophobia and ongoing prejudice. The ways in which the Holocaust connects to our history of Apartheid are also examined.

Educator training programmes provide support for the teaching of the following:

Grade 9 Social Sciences (History):
The programmes are designed to support the module in the National Curriculum:
  • Human Rights Issues during and after World War II
  • Issues of our time: xenophobia

Grade 11 History learners:
The programmes are designed to support the module in the National Curriculum:

  • The impact of pseudo-scientific racism and Social Darwinism on the 19th and 20th centuries, including the eugenics movement in the late 19th century and its impact on ideas of ‘race’ and racism in Africa, the USA, Australia, Europe and particularly leading to genocide in Nazi Germany.

Languages and Life Orientation:
Because of the many opportunities for Cross Curriculum teaching, workshops have also been held for Language educators and Life Orientation educators to show how they can use sources from the Holocaust to meet some of the curriculum requirements of their subjects.

Topics such as stereotyping, propaganda, Human Rights, xenophobia, identity, learning to read texts critically are examined through the use of primary source material from the Holocaust, and activities developed by the Centre. Click here to see resource materials...

A guiding principal on which the workshops are based are summed up in the words of a survivor who spoke to world-renowned educator, Chaim Ginott:

Dear Teacher
I am a survivor of a concentration camp.
My eyes have seen what no man should witness.
Gas chambers built by learned engineers.
Children poisoned by educated physicians.
Infants killed by trained nurses.
Women and babies shot by high school and college graduates.
So I am suspicious of education.

My request is:
Help your students to become more human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths, educated Eichmanns. Reading, writing, arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more human.

What do the programmes look like?

Working closely with the Western Cape Education Department Curriculum Advisors, educator workshops are designed to meet the needs of the educators in the various districts.

The workshops are interactive, and educators work closely with the education resource materials developed by the Cape Town Holocaust Centre to develop activities that they can use in class.
Afternoon workshops are presented at the Cape Town Holocaust Centre or at the District offices or at a school most easily accessible for educators.

Duration of workshops:
Introductory workshop: 4 hours

The workshops are designed to support educators new to the teaching of the Holocaust. The focus of the workshop is on content and approaches to that content.
Skills development workshops: 3 session course of 2 1/2 hour long sessions.

These workshops are designed for educators who have some experience teaching the Holocaust, and who need more support in the area of working with sources and the development of activities. Educators are introduced to a number of methodological approaches.

The workshops are opportunities for educators to share their teaching experiences with their colleagues. Both content and methodological issues are discussed, and educators explore how best to facilitate for their learners the making of connections between the past and the present, and encouraging the learners to become more engaged with their communities.

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