We are working on a set of European/International Lesson Plans about the consequences of the totalitarianism in the XX Century, in the WWII and in the Spanish Civil War, with emphasis on the Human Rights like the concentration camps during the Holocaust (Shoah) and the current consequences of the Spanish Civil War (Law of Historical Memory), and the resistance movement of people who thought other world and reality was possible. It means our main purpose is to make our students aware of the importance of critical thinking and political and social activism in the construction of the EU through the European History and the development of Human Rights against intolerance and totalitarianism in order to create pedagogical tools to offer a new perspective on the extermination: from Collaboration, Indifference and Resistance in response to the new rise of radical-right parties in Europe.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

How is the Holocaust taught in schools worldwide? UNESCO REPORT

How is the Holocaust taught in schools worldwide? Are textbook representations of the Holocaust complete and accurate? What do textbooks tell us about the status of the Holocaust internationally?

UNESCO and the George Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research have published an ambitious new study - International Status of Education about the Holocaust: A Global Mapping of Textbooks and Curricula (ISEH) - comparing ways in which the Holocaust is presented in curricula and textbooks worldwide. It shows where Holocaust education stands today in secondary school level history and social studies curricula, through analyses of 272 curricula from 135 countries, and 89 textbooks published in 26 countries since 2000. 

70th Anniversary of the liberation - Auschwitz-Birkenau LIVE CEREMONY

Wednesday, 14 January 2015



28th Senior High School of Thessaloniki, Greece
Summary on the seminars
Motivated by the topic  of our project, teachers of our school attended two seminars  about  teaching Holocaust in Greece.
The first one (11-12 December) was organized by the Jewish Museum of Greece and the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, while the second one (19-21 December) was held by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The aim of both seminars was to propose effective methods of communicating such a difficult  subject as  Holocaust. Apart from an overview of the history of Jewish presence in Thessaloniki and their annihilation during the WWII, the seminar speakers focused on the education methodology: According to this methodology the teacher should not only trigger deep emotional reactions and empathy of the students but also try to develop political awareness. The ultimate educational goal should be to form active and responsible citizens, able to recognize and resist to totalitarian ideologies with the hope that such  a dark age of human history will never be repeated.
During the two seminars various educational tools were proposed, covering a large range of mediums: films, (documentaries and movies) testimony videos, photographs, products of art such as paintings, songs, works of literature etc. Teachers should make a careful choice according to the age of their pupils and their specific aim, keeping in mind that much of what occurred during the Holocaust seems too horrible to imagine.
Taking into account that Holocaust education does not consist part of Greek curriculum and there are only short references in History text books, these seminars were valuable for us  in order to integrate suitable activities to the  Erasmus project. Two teachers (Zaharias Spanos and Theodora Glaraki) participated to the first seminar and 5 teachers  (Anna Doiranli,, Despina Demiri, Lia Lefaki, Magda Mintsiori and Theodora Glaraki)to the second one.  
More information about the second seminar in the following links:

Theodora Glaraki

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

European Christmas Eve at Gimnazjum nr 9 im. Jana Pawła II in Sosnowiec

We believe that Erasmus programme is also for sharing cultures. Therefore, a special ceremony was held before Christmas holidays at Gimnazjum nr 9 im. Jana Pawła II in Sosnowiec. Traditionally students organize Christmas meetings with tutors and exchange Christmas greetings. This year, 
in order to acquaint students with Christmas and New Year traditions of our partners, students prepared  a European Christmas Eve, where traditions of all participating countries were presented.

We learned about Christmas dishes, listened to carols and tasted some of traditional sweets.