Holocaust Education programme

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Local community peer leaders and positive role models from across the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area are invited to apply to take part in the 2015/16 Good Relations Holocaust Education programme.

The scheme offers an innovative and alternative perspective to informing people about sectarianism and racism.

A group of 25 people (aged between 18 and 25) from different community backgrounds will be introduced to the history of the holocaust, with a particular emphasis on the experience of the different groups of people who were put to death at the former Nazi Concentration Camp at Auschwitz in Poland.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Good Relations Officer Patricia Cameron said: “This programme is for young people who have a role to play in local communities to tackle sectarianism and racism. Applicants should currently play an active role in encouraging positive behaviour in the attitudes of young people and their peers.

“As well as aiming to develop skills, the programme will engage people from different community backgrounds, and provide a greater understanding of issues, barriers and solutions to building tolerance and understanding of different cultural, religious and political traditions.”

The programme will consist of two main elements. Firstly, there will be a number of learning workshops, followed by an opportunity to visit the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. This will be a detailed study visit, along with pre and post departure workshop.

There will be a balance in terms of the religious make-up of participants with candidates selected from the two main traditions in NI.

Participants must represent the communities within which they live and be able to demonstrate they can bring the learning back into their own communities. For more information or to submit an application, contact Good Relations Officer Patricia Cameron on 028 777 60304 Mobile: 07800955350 or patricia.cameron@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk. Deadline Monday 21st September.