Teachers in schools across England and Wales can prepare thought-provoking lessons over the coming school year and help their students learn the lessons from the Srebrenica genocide – thanks to a free education pack.
This year marked the 20th anniversary of the genocide – the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War, which saw more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys systematically murdered because of who they were.
Remembering Srebrenica has created a comprehensive set of lesson plans that teachers can use across Personal, Social, Health, and Economic (PSHE) education.
Laura Gauvrit, Assistant Head Teacher at Huxlow Science College, in Northamptonshire, said:
I am very impressed with the education pack – it is informative, well written and easy-to-use. It fits very well with our work at Huxlow on bullying and community cohesion. We’re using the whole pack with Year 10 students, but every group of pupils will use some part of the materials.”
The charitable initiative worked with the PSHE Association to develop the education pack that will help to raise awareness of the genocide and promote lessons to be learned for future generations.Teachers can download the pack free of charge – simply click the button at the bottom of this page to access all our education resources.
Remembering Srebrenica chairman Dr Waqar Azmi OBE said:
The 1995 Srebrenica genocide shamed Europe and shamed the world. It now stands for one of the darkest chapters of European history. Despite the fact that this genocide took place in Europe only 20 years ago, knowledge of this is low. It is crucial that children learn about this recent European history.
“Written by experts at the PSHE we are delighted to have produced the world’s first education pack of its kind for British schools to teach children of what can happen if hatred is left unchallenged.
“Hatred can destroy communities and divide families, friends and neighbours. This excellent educational tool will help teachers to play their part in creating a better, and stronger safer society for everyone.”
Remembering Srebrenica is a charitable initiative, part-funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It has produced the teaching resources as part of its commitment to promote social cohesion and work with young people to build strong community relations in the UK.
Joe Hayman, Chief Executive of the PSHE Association said:
We are extremely pleased to have worked with Remembering Srebrenica on this project. Some of the core themes which are addressed in the lessons – from identity, respect for others, critical thinking and community cohesion – constitute crucial learning for pupils growing up in modern Britain. We hope that this pack is taken up widely in schools across the country, and stand ready to support any schools which want advice in implementing them.”
Genocide survivor Hasan Hasanović is pictured above with students from West London schools.Download our education pack