The Azrieli Foundation partners with the English Montreal School Board to teach Holocaust education across the district

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Montreal - Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program has teamed up with the English Montreal School Board for its first board-wide partnership, and will bring the topic of the Holocaust to classrooms across the city as early as May 2022.

The announcement of this novel partnership comes on the tails of principal and educator training sessions led by experts from the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program’s Education Team. During these sessions, principals learned about the program’s resources and how educators can safely and successfully teach students about the Holocaust using the Memoirs Program’s resources.

“Teaching current and future generations about the Holocaust is vital, and school boards have the power to bring this watershed topic into the curriculum,” says Jody Spiegel, Director of the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program. “We are encouraged to see the shift happen from the top down as a school board has chosen to undertake this important partnership, pledging to teach all students in their district about the Holocaust.”

After Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 27, 2022), principals will begin distributing teaching materials to their staff, who will then start teaching their students about the Holocaust. As a component of the partnership, the Memoirs team will be available to provide guidance and assistance, ensuring educators are supported as they navigate this space.

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