16.01.2013 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Two events to learn from the Holocaust

Snapshot from the videoconference on 21 Janaury 2013. Yves Ternon, historian from the Sorbonne University and the Shoah Memorial explains the role of the media in several genocides.

On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorated on 27 January, UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar (BREDA) will take part in a conference on “The Medias and Genocide: Reflections on Holocaust”.

This activity has been initiated by the Embassy of Israel in Dakar with the support of the Senegalese National Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO Dakar Office.

 “We will contribute to the the reflection and provide films on this topic so stimulate the debate,” says Yao Ydo, chief of section for peace education, at UNESCO Dakar. 

On 21 January, a videoconference will take place on the same topic with the participation of media professionals from several countries in Africa,  UNESCO’s  headquarters in Paris and the UNESCO Offices in Dakar, Kinshasa, Libreville and Yaoundé. The Senegalese Minister of Education will chair the meeting. 

Avoid tragedies through education 

“These events will allow us to refine our reflections on the importance of education but also the role of the media in genocides," says Ydo. 

In September 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa, 14 sub-Saharan African countries gathered to discuss on Why Teach about Genocide? The Example of the Holocaust.

The participating countries all committed to include citizenship and human rights issues in their education contents. 

In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 60/7 to establish 27 January as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

It is on this date that the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated.

Every year, UNESCO commemorates the Holocaust on this day and organizes a series of events in Member States to promote education on the history of this genocide.


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