"Auschwitz - History and Symbolism" - online seminar for teachers and educators from Ukraine
History teachers from Ukraine participated in a two-day online seminar titled "Auschwitz - History and Symbolism," which took place on July 12 and 13. The event was organized by the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust in cooperation with the Ukrainian Holocaust Research Institute "Tkuma".
The program included a presentation of the Memorial and work with source materials regarding the cruel reality of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, activities on the culture of Auschwitz memory in Ukraine and discussion on the teaching of Auschwitz and the Holocaust in history classes at Ukrainian schools, as well as contemporary remembrance and commemoration.
- An online seminar is a huge challenge for the moderator. Through interactive forms of online educational work, I tried to provide an active participation space for each participant. Furthermore, the training participants are practitioners, so it was essential to maintain a balance between theoretical and practical elements of the program - said Nataliia Tkachenko, coordinator of the seminar at the ICEAH.
The seminar, attended by 24 people from different parts of Ukraine, was an excellent opportunity to share experiences and exchange ideas. There was also room for new cognitive and methodological inspirations.
- This is a subsequent seminar for teachers from Ukraine carried out in cooperation with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Once again, the Polish coordinators have prepared a very professional and substantive programme and surprised us with new ideas and educational solutions - said Yehor Vradii, PhD, from the "Tkuma" Institute in Dnieper.
- Certainly, nothing can replace the experience of actually visiting an authentic place and communing with a harrowing story at the place of its occurrence. Accordingly, we hope that we will be able to hold the second part of the seminar at the Auschwitz Memorial Site next year – stated the director of the Tkuma Institute, Ihor Shchupak, PhD.