29 March 2017
Today the first schools from Northern Ireland have left to take part in the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ Project.
Funding for the project was made available by former DUP Ministers Peter Weir and Paul Givan. The project by Holocaust Educational Trust will provide educational trips to Auschwitz.
Commenting DUP Strangford MLA and former Education Minister Peter Weir said;
“Auschwitz signifies one of the most horrific and heinous periods in history. It is important that young people have opportunities made available to them to learn about the events that led up to the Holocaust and the impact it had.
I am pleased that today school pupils from Northern Ireland now have access to this project, which educates young people on the brutality against six million Jews. The first schools to embark on this initiative left today, and I have no doubt that they will return with a new found breadth of knowledge from witnessing first-hand the scene of such harrowing acts.
This is the first time since 2008 that post-16 young people can now visit Auschwitz for this particular learning initiative. It was down to the collaboration and determination of DUP Ministers between the Department of Education and Department for Communities, which meant this project, could come to fruition.
I thank the schools for taking up the initiative, as it is important that the generations to come learn lessons from some the darkest days in history.”