The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) congratulates Stories that Move. Toolbox against discrimination for winning the the 2018 Comenius EduMedia Medal for excellent teaching materials, a prestigious international award presented by the Institute for Pedagogy and Media in Berlin at a ceremony on 22 June 2018.
The online toolbox will be launched in Berlin by Juliane Seifert, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth on Thursday 28 June 2018 at the Jewish Museum Berlin.
The international youth conference Stories that Move, which took place in Berlin in 2013, was the inception point of a project to develop an online toolbox that challenges the critical thinking of learners on issues of diversity and discrimination.
The project consists of a multi-lingual website, easily accessible on the website, where young people can learn about antisemitism, racism, discrimination, hate speech, and inclusion. Equally important, the toolbox is a valuable practical tool for educators who can utilize it to set up so-called digital classrooms thus creating the environment for a constructive debate on these issues.
The scope of the project is not limited to antisemitism, but tackles other equally complex, sensitive issues such as racism, antigypsism, discrimination against the LGBTI community and Muslims.
The IHRA helped the development of this project by funding an expert meeting of educators and educational policymakers on teaching about antisemitism in Europe in relation to other forms of discrimination, in Berlin from 16 - 20 June 2014, together with the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ) - A joint event by the Anne Frank House, the Anne Frank Zentrum and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (BpB). The participating states in this project were represented by the Congress of National Communities (Ukraine), erinnern.at (Austria), the Milan Simecka Foundation (Slovakia), the Pedagogical University of Cracow (Poland), the Zachor Foundation (Hungary) and the OSCE-Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
The program for the international launch can be downloaded here.