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Teachers 'need to improve Holocaust knowledge'

29/01/2016 Kelly
Holocaust Memorial Day took place around the world on Wednesday January 27th, providing people with a time to learn about and reflect on the terrible events that took place during the Second World War.

But according to the Education Select Committee, the UK's teachers need to improve their knowledge of the Holocaust so they are able to educate students about the historical event to the highest standard possible.

Earlier this week, a spokesperson for the Department for Education stated that the government believes teachers should introduce the sensitive subject of the Holocaust to the classroom in whatever way they think is most appropriate.

However, there are calls for more training to be given in this area to history teachers in particular, who are primarily in charge of teaching the subject to pupils.

Neil Carmichael, chairman of the Education Select Committee, commented: "Teaching young people about the Holocaust and its legacy continues to be a vital part of their education.

"We expect the Department for Education to ensure the support it gives to Holocaust education is as effective as possible."

Since 2006, the government has provided more than £1.5 million of funding every year to the Holocaust Education Trust for its Lessons from Auschwitz project, which aims to help teachers ensure they are approaching the subject in the best way.

In addition, parliament has invested £500,000 in the Centre for Holocaust Education to make sure teachers have somewhere they can improve their knowledge and further their training in this area.

However, education ministers are calling for even more action to be taken by teachers, with the Education Select Committee stating that it wants "steps to be taken to preserve the words of Holocaust survivors for future generation".

Plans are currently being drawn up to preserve the testimonies of survivors and create a new national Holocaust memorial in Britain, but education will still need to begin in the classroom, emphasising the importance of teachers brushing up on their knowledge on the subject.

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