A pilot peer training program centered on Anne Frank debuted at Stockton University this month and will soon travel to area schools.
“Anne Frank: A History for Today” is a 32-panel exhibit developed by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and distributed in the United States through the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. The public exhibition at the college began Feb. 9 and runs through Feb. 22 as part of its 36th annual Holocaust Awareness Program.
The Frank Center and the Holocaust & Genocide Studies program at Stockton have trained students as docents for the exhibit. The students learned how to share the story and the legacy of Frank, a victim of the Holocaust known for the diary she kept while in hiding.
After its display at Stockton, the exhibit will travel to Hammonton, Middle Township and Lower Cape May Regional high schools as well as Atlantic Cape Community College, where Stockton students will train the students there as docents.
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“Peer-to-peer teaching is an excellent model for educating teenagers,” said Gail Rosenthal, director of the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Education Center at Stockton. “Students, educators, and community members who will view the exhibit will be challenged to think about making a difference in our local communities and beyond to eradicate prejudice and to promote respect for all.”
The Frank Center said the students gain an appreciation of historical context from the exhibit, which presents the history of the Holocaust through historical photos and the story of the Frank family.
“We teach students to connect the past with the present, helping them to discuss issues of identity with their peers and reflect on their own responsibility to themselves and each other,” said Katherine Meade, Frank Center director for education. “This program is run by young people for young people, putting the power and knowledge in their hands to educate and fight discrimination, racism and anti-Semitism.”
Funding for the program was provided in part through a grant from Otto Frank’s foundation, the Anne Frank Fonds, in Basel, Switzerland.