A new perspective for education at the Memorial. Adaptation work has been completed at the new seat of the Education Center.
“Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at Authentic Memorial Sites...” - post-conference publication
This stage is the most important part of the entire study visit project. It requires proper substantive and emotional involvement of everybody participating in the visit, i.e. the pupils, the teacher and the tour guide. The role of the teacher and the tour guide is to provide the young people with the conditions conducive for confronting the history and the message of the Memorial Site.
During the visit, the guide makes the pupils familiar with the history of Auschwitz and the preserved camp relics. His role is to create a space for learning and reflection and not only for transferring of knowledge. Each visit at the Memorial Site, apart from its educational dimension, should also have the commemorating aspect. Therefore, it is necessary to make sure that the pupils have time and possibility of commemorating the victims of Auschwitz. It may have various forms, from lighting of candles and putting flowers to organization of ceremonies during which previously prepared fragments of memoirs, poems and, prayers are read aloud. It is important that the manner of commemoration is not imposed, but results from a discussion with pupils.