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Government to help launch a Holocaust education project for children

The Crocus Project is is run by the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland (HETI) and aims to teach children about the consequences of discrimination.

The Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem.
The Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem.
Image: AP/Press Association Images

THE GOVERNMENT WILL tomorrow help to launch a project that teaches children about the Holocaust and remembers the 1.5 million Jewish children and thousands of other children who died.

The Crocus Project is run by the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland (HETI) and is intended for pupils aged 11 years and older. It began in Ireland in 2005 but has grown to include students in five other countries including Poland and Bulgaria.

HETI say that the project introduces young children to the subject of the Holocaust and ‘is a tangible way to stimulate discussion and create awareness about discrimination’.

Minister for European Affairs Paschal Donohoe will be present to launch this year’s project and stresses the importance of teaching children about the consequences of discrimination:

As a parent of two young children, the importance of this project resonates deeply with me and I fundamentally believe in the message it conveys. Teaching our children about the need for tolerance and respect is critical to diminishing the potential for such events to ever happen again.

As part of the project, HETI makes guidelines and information available to teachers who are interested in exploring the history of the Holocaust with their students.

This year’s project will be officially launched at the European Parliament Office in Molesworth Street in Dublin tomorrow morning.

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