The travelling exhibition
Students who visited the exhibition Anne Frank - a History for Today participated in an educational activity where they were presented with the case of Malala Yousafzai, the young woman from Pakistan who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban and who now campaigns for female education. The students discussed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in small groups, linking it to Malala’s case.
Since the opening more than 20,000 people have visited the exhibition, including students of all ages and teachers.
Peer Guide Training
18 students from four schools participated in the first two-day peer guide training. Since then, many similar trainings have been conducted in different locations. In these sessions the students (usually between the ages of 15 and 18) are trained as exhibition guides. The topics covered in the workshops are the history of Anne Frank and the Holocaust and its relevance to our times. Other activities are intended to draw links between Anne Frank and the modern context of India. In a training session in Coimbatore in 2017, the participants played a game called social exclusion. The game - with two groups of students trying to prevent another smaller group from entering their group - has proven to be very effective in initiating a discussion about social exclusion.
Another group of students produced two films covering debates on the pros and cons of censorship related to art and music. They did this by interviewing people on the streets about issues of freedom of expression, specifically in the Indian context.
You can watch the videos that were made during the workshop in Kolkata in 2013.
Teachers were trained to use the module Learning to Live with Difference as a starting point, adding current events and their own creativity. The content of the module focuses on genocide and the violation of human rights. It serves as a framework for the curriculum, for which a selection was made of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that relate to the Anne Frank story. The aim was for teachers to use the module as a resource to engage high school students in the understanding of human rights and to inspire them to become human rights defenders. Each chapter of the module contains a variety of assignments that involve tasks such as looking at photographs, video clips, newspapers, interviewing peers to collect stories, and talking about identity.
The Indian tour of the Anne Frank exhibition and the accompanying seminars were co-organised by PeaceWorks, an initiative of the Seagull Foundation for the Arts
For more information on the activities organised in India, please email the Anne Frank House project coordinators.