Inverness schools welcome survivor from the Holocaust Educational Trust

Holocaust Educational Trust Visit
Culloden Academy S6 Advance Higher pupils (ltor) back row Iain Crush and Abi McMillan (HET Ambassadors), Lydia MacIver, (front row) John Falconer, Vickie Baijal, and Holocaust Survivor Mala Tribich MBE.

This week, pupils at Culloden Academy and Millburn Academy, Inverness heard testimony from Holocaust survivor, Mala Tribich MBE, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).

The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. The visit was part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK.

Mrs Odette Gordon, PT Social Subjects Teacher at Culloden Academy who organised  the HET visit to Inverness said: “It is a privilege for us to welcome Mala Tribich to our school and her testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. It is also an honour that two of our senior S6 pupils Abi McMillan and Iain Crush who visited Auschwitz in September this year with the ‘Lessons to Auschwitz Programme’ are Ambassadors of the Holocaust Educational Trust.”

Millburn Academy, Head Teacher Gavin MacLean added: “We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Mala’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust added:

“The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students from across the UK, from all communities about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor. Mala’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing her testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead. 

“At the Trust, we impart the history of the Holocaust to young people, to ensure that we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and take forward the lessons taught by those who survived.”

For more information about the Holocaust Educational Trust please visit http://www.het.org.uk/ 

11 Dec 2014
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