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Manitoba ensures Holocaust Education in school curriculum

Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew commits to ensuring Holocaust Education is in the school curriculum.

By: Winnipeg Tribune Staff Writer

Winnipeg, May 6, 2024 - Premier Wab Kinew announced on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, that Manitoba has mandated Holocaust education in its curriculum. This initiative, detailed by Premier Kinew and Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Nello Altomare, aims to integrate comprehensive Holocaust studies starting from the 2024-25 school year.

Premier Kinew emphasized the importance of Holocaust education in combatting hatred and promoting unity across Manitoba. "All students should learn about the Holocaust because we are one Manitoba and cannot be divided by hatred," he stated. Highlighting the tragic history of antisemitism and the murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust, Kinew stressed the value of learning from the past to enhance inclusivity and respect within the community.

The curriculum overhaul will include new guidance and resources developed in collaboration with the Jewish Heritage Centre. Dedicated staff have been appointed to ensure that the material not only educates but also supports teachers and students in understanding the profound impacts of the Holocaust.

Minister Altomare remarked on the necessity of this curriculum to uphold human rights and counter divisiveness. "Antisemitism and divisiveness have no place in our classrooms," said Altomare. The revised social studies curriculum, mandatory from kindergarten through Grade 11, will delve into how historical injustices such as antisemitism and racism continue to influence contemporary society and how education can bridge divides.

Jeff Lieberman, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, highlighted the broader significance of Holocaust education. "Holocaust education is crucial not only for remembering the past but for safeguarding our future," he noted. By learning about the atrocities of the Holocaust, Manitoba's youth are empowered to confront and challenge antisemitism and other forms of hatred, thus upholding the vow that such horrors never recur.

Premier Kinew concluded by affirming the holistic vision of the educational reforms. "Together, these actions move us toward our vision for education that, from every part of Manitoba, from every background, all children and youth matter, belong, are respected, successful, and safe," he declared.


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