Greece

The seminar in Greece was developed by The Olga Lengyel Institute in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Greece and held under the auspices of the Ministry of Education in Greece. The seminar aims to contribute to increasing the quality of education regarding the Holocaust and social justice in Greece. The program provides a rich opportunity to integrate national and international approaches in teaching about these topics and in understanding the contemporary relevance of this important part of modern history.

During the inaugural seminar in Athens, 39 teachers had the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned lecturers, to interact with survivors and to think creatively and collaboratively about how to teach the Holocaust and social justice. A variety of methods are used in order to stimulate the engagement of participants, their reflections and a high level of interaction: presentations, analysis, discussions, reflections, group work, videos, visits, guest speakers, and testimony by survivors.

U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt addresses participants in the seminar in Greece

 

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Develop teachers’ awareness of historical and current dialectical discussions concerning the Holocaust and other instances of social injustice;
  • Develop teachers’ understanding of the impact of stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination at individual, group and society level;
  • Develop teachers’ understanding of the Jewish life before and after the Holocaust;
  • Increase appreciation for innovative, student-centered teaching methods, including extra-curricular activities and partnerships between school and other institutions and organizations
  • Promote a blended approach of Holocaust education and Human Rights education. The methodology of the training is learner centered, based on the principles of experiential learning and a human rights-based approach in education.

Contact

For more information about The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI), please contact info@toli.us

TOLI is located at 58 East 79th Street in Manhattan. (get directions)