22.09.2021

On September 29, National Memory lesson, dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy will be held in all schools of Ukraine

On September 29, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy, a National Memory lesson will take place simultaneously in 15,000 schools in Ukraine. It will be held by Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center and Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The lesson is aimed to foster a negative attitude towards discrimination, contempt for human dignity and encroachments on the right to life.


The lesson in 5-11 grades will be held on the basis of the online platform "Red Dot Remembrance", developed by the Memorial Center. All materials are prepared taking into account the age and emotional maturity of students. The lesson will also be streamed on the website of the Ministry of Education and Science and on the social networks of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center.


"According to the latest research, almost half of Ukrainians do not know where Babyn Yar is.That’s why the main mission educational department of the Memorial Center is to educate people, especially children, about the tragic events of the past, namely the events of the Holocaust, – emphasized the head of educational projects of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center Anna Mazarchuk. – We are grateful to the Ministry of Education for supporting our projects and working together on the National Memory lesson. We strive to change the approach to the study of history and make the process interesting for students. This lesson will be the first in history to revive the memory of the Holocaust. Thanks to the author's methodology using information technology and elements of research practice, students will be able to better understand the events from the schoolbook and contribute to the restoration of truth."


Online platform "Red Dot Remembrance", on which the lesson is based, is dedicated to the history of World War II and the Holocaust, and is developed to assist teachers of history. It offers a new method of teaching the school discipline that is interactive and interesting for students.


In real-time mode teachers and students are documenting the local and regional history of World War II and the Holocaust, recording the memories of eyewitnesses, digitiing museum exhibits and artifacts from home archives, and search for information about local monuments to the victims of the Holocaust. All recorded statements and digitized artifacts are added to the platform and become red dots on the map making thus a common unified history. The main goal of the project is to form a society in which it is not impossible to repeat a tragedy like the Holocaust.


Earlier the platform "Red Dot Remembrance" and methodological materials for treatment of educational projects of the platform have been approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.


As a reminder: in August the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center signed a memorandum of partnership. The parties agreed to cooperate in the field of education and science. One of the first joint steps will be the National Memory Lesson dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy for students of Ukrainian schools in September. A number of other educational activities are also provided.

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