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eTwinning and Friends: Anne Frank House

Anne Frank’s diary has inspired and is continuing to inspire people all over the globe. It's very important for the present generation to know about her life and to learn from the past.

The Anne Frank House is an active friend of eTwinning. Established on the 3rd May 1957, it is an independent non-profit organization, which runs a museum in the house where Anne Frank went into hiding during the Second World War to escape from the persecution of the Jews. The main goal of the organisation is the preservation of Anne Frank’s hiding place, allowing the public to visit and increasing the awareness of Anne’s life story and relevance worldwide.

The Anne Frank House creates lesson materials and organises workshops about Anne Frank, the Second World War, the Holocaust, antisemitism, prejudice, and many more important topics. The material is geared towards young people and professionals.

The online tool Stories that Move is a cost-free resource: it’s an interactive website with five learning paths that helps young people explore the impact of hate speech, exclusion and discrimination. It aims to help young people empathise with others and help them gain new perspectives. Additionally, it helps teachers by providing safe spaces for difficult discussions. By using the personal stories of other young people, learners are challenged to reflect on the choices they make themselves when faced with inequality and hate.

Anne Frank House and eTwinning have built a strong collaboration over recent months. Stories that Move has been presented in several eTwinning Online Seminars such as: Discussing diversity and discrimination – how to use the online tool Stories that Move as part of the Spring Campaign 2019 and during the eTwinning Annual Conference 2019: Where Education Meets Democracy that took place in Mandelieu-la-Napoule in October.

During the workshop at the eTwinning Annual Conference participants discussed how visible thinking methods and blended learning can support educators to be inclusive, by making sure that all students are given a voice and are heard when they discuss diversity and discrimination. Karen Polak, Project Manager at the Anne Frank House led the discussion and was also interviewed during the Conference:

When teachers take time to let their students debate with each other and exchange ideas, it is the start of listening, talking and sharing, which is so important in democracy. This is crucial, if the sharing doesn’t happen in schools why would it happen outside of schools? (Karen Polak)