09.06.2017 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

UNESCO supports association between Chilean and Mexican organizations to strengthen Holocaust education

The goal of these actions is to support policies based on human rights and active citizenship through education, addressing difficult past events through the lens of Holocaust history to contribute to shaping modern values.

On June 8, 2017, Chile’s Interactive Jewish Museum and Nenemi Paxia- Sinergias Educativas A.C., in alliance with Mexico’s Museum of Memory and Tolerance and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) launched a binational initiative to raise awareness among political figures about the importance of strengthening education on genocide and mass atrocities, particularly the Holocaust, at the Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City.

The initiative includes two seminars: one held on June 8 in Mexico and one to be organized in Chile during October 2017. The actions are implemented as a follow-up to the Conference for International Holocaust Education, which UNESCO and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) organized in 2015.

Both events are being sponsored by UNESCO and explore the role of education in addressing difficult events from the past through the lens of Holocaust history in order to shape modern values.

The goal of the seminars is to contribute to the construction of a robust citizenry through the creation of communities and networks that bring together diverse stakeholders from academia, education, civil society, government and the media to reflect and exchange ideas.

In this dialogue, the Holocaust is the main reference for examining links to citizenship building, including violence and its legacy, the fragility of democracy, justice, human rights and security as well as memory and the role of new technologies in the dissemination of anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia. Key issues that were discussed during the seminar include the need to think about citizenship in Latin America in the 21st century and the creation of educational public policies related to these issues.

Both Chile and Mexico are part of the UNESCO Latin American Network for Education on the Holocaust and Other Genocides and have developed national initiatives to support education on the Holocaust and genocide.

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The Conference for International Holocaust Education is a joint initiative that seeks to support and promote the efforts of educational stakeholders to develop strategies and activities designed for national audiences regarding Holocaust history and, more broadly, genocide and mass atrocities.

The project also draws on the support of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

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