Holocaust Memorial Day
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27th January, the date that marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau – the largest Nazi death camp and a powerful symbol of horrors of the Holocaust. On that day we remember the millions of Jews murdered during the Holocaust and other groups who were killed under Nazi persecution: Roma and Sinti people (sometimes referred to as ‘gypsies’), disabled people, gay people, Jehovah’s Witnesses, political opponents and many others.
The Holocaust (The Shoah in Hebrew) was the attempt by the Nazis and their collaborators to murder all the Jews in Europe. From the time they assumed power in Germany in 1933, the Nazis used propaganda, persecution, and legislation to deny human and civil rights to German Jews.
With the outbreak of World War Two in 1939, the systematic murder of Europe’s Jews began – a plan known by the Nazis as ‘The Final Solution to the Jewish Problem’. By the end of the Holocaust, six million Jewish men, women and children had been murdered in ghettos, mass-shootings, in concentration camps and extermination camps.
After the Holocaust, the world said, ‘Never Again’. But humanity has failed to learn lessons from the Holocaust, and genocides continue to happen around the world, to this day. On Holocaust Memorial Day we remember the millions of men, women and children, who have been murdered in the genocides which followed – in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Today people are still discriminated against because of their religion, their race, their sexuality, or another element of their identity. Whilst we are not at immediate risk of genocide here in the UK, hate speech and prejudice are frequently seen online, and the number of hate crimes recorded each year has been increasing.
This is why we have to teach young people about what happened and remember it. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 is 'Torn from home' and encourages to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call 'home' is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide. This theme also allows for reflections on how we can support those escaping persecution today and who may be looking to make a new home in our own communities. It leads to discussions of how the lessons of the past can inform our lives today and ensure that everyone works together to create a safer, better future.
You can find many resources to help your school get involved and mark Holocaust Memorial Day on HMD Trust website: https://www.hmd.org.uk/resources/.
Safeguarding our children and young people: in preparation for Safer Internet Day 2019
When: Thursday 31 January 2019, 9:00 – 15:30
Venue: Entrust Riverway Centre, Riverway Centre, Stafford, ST16 3TH
Course Code: LTTL-0119-T001
You are invited to join us at our annual safeguarding event. This session will provide advice and resources to use within school and support the ever-changing landscape of the online world. It will also be an opportunity to keep up-to-date with statutory guidance from the DfE, guidance produced by the UK Safer Internet Centre as well as the government’s own “Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018”, “Revised Prevent Duty for England and Wales”, “Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools” and other national benchmark expectations.
This safeguarding event promises to be an informative day, offering numerous development opportunities. Topics discussed will include:
Safeguarding – patterns and trends in schools
Mental health, wellbeing and addiction
Online activity and vulnerability
School case study – Online Safety Ambassadors and other safeguarding and wellbeing updates from Link2ICT
Workshops will be delivered and have been designed specifically to support the roles of:
IT and Network Managers
Attending delegates will receive guidance that will help to build on existing practices or find additional support for your school’s online safety provision and policies. Our education consultants will showcase the learning resources available and activities that can be used in school.
We will highlight positive uses of technology and explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community, as well as tips for enhancing filtering and monitoring in your establishment.
Understand your role and responsibility in school
Learn about the current issues schools are facing to keep children safe in education
Find out about the latest patterns and trends
Further knowledge to audit your existing policies and provision, linked to the 360 Safe self-review tool, and equip you to revise action plans
Access to a range of classroom resources
Networking opportunities with other online safety peers and experts
Places are filling up quickly so, book your space now!