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Teaching projects

Over the first few years of the existence of Asociatia Tikvah we have produced

original travelling exhibitions derived from our own (and other people's) research;

performed our own editing and sub-titling of videos; created downloadable

Powerpoints/PDFs and lesson plans.


All these are provided without cost to teachers and we have created a

separate website to make them available. We hope that you will take a moment

to review them, use them and provide us with feedback. 


Human Rights through the Prism of the Holocaust 


One of our projects that is not held on the new website is Human Rights through the

Prism of the Holocaust which was developed in the period March to December 2013

in conjunction with Onisfor Ghibu High School and with the approval of the regional

Education Authorities. It was co-ordinated in the school by social sciences teacher

Lilla Sandor, and together with Emilia Teszler from Asociatia Tikvah, they formed an 

enthusiastic team.


This project was funded by a generous anonymous donor from the USA and consisted

of eight distinct lessons. 


The first two lessons 


The first lesson covered the subject of the Final Solution devised by the Nazi regime to

wipe out the Jewish population and the subsequent development of the international

agreements on Human Rights. The second focused on the use of propaganda, the

links between prejudice, discrimination and genocide and an understanding of the

nature of bullying.


Emilia Teszler and Lilla Sandor explaining to pupils the project Human Rights through

the Prism of the Holocaust

                            Pupils actively illustrating individual human rights

Understanding the pyramid of hate

Working in groups

The third lesson


The theme of the third month was Human Rights and Communism.

The introduction from Asociatia Tikvah was well received by pupils and was

supplemented by presentations looking back the communist regime.

The fourth lesson


The fourth lesson was a trip organised and funded by Asociatia Tikvah

and Emilia Teszler spoke about what they could expect to see as the trip began.

The first stop was the Elie Wiesel House in Sighet.

The tour continued to the Sighet Prison which is part of the Memorial of the Victims

of Communism.

The fifth lesson


We showed the award-winning film “David” which tells the story of

Daud, an 11 year-old religious Muslim boy, growing up in Brooklyn, New York.

Concealing his Muslim identity, Daud inadvertently befriends a group of Jewish boys

who, through a series of mistakes, think he is Jewish and accept him as one of their

own.

 

Asociatia Tikvah had added Romanian sub-titles to the film for younger pupils and after

the showing of the film there were lively debates on the nature and extent of prejudice.

As one pupil put on his blog “The atmosphere was hot, many people came up with all

sorts of diverse arguments and as ever it showed not everyone agrees with everyone

else”.

 

Assembling for the debate


The sixth lesson

Emilia and Maia Teszler participated in an event to remember the Holocaust

in Romania day. Pupils produced a presentation both on the developments

of the Holocaust generally and on the events within Romania, as it is today.

 

Asociatia Tikvah also presented prizes to those students who had provided

significant contributions to Holocaust remembrance during the project. 


The seventh and eighth lessons


The seventh lesson discussed the subject of Rescuers in the Holocaust and viewed

the exhibition Lumini in Noapte.


In the eighth lesson Asociatia Tikvah produced and talked to a Powerpoint describing

the genocides that have engulfed parts of the world since the end of the Second World

War - Cambodia, Darfur, Bosnia and Rwanda. 

We also spoke about the White Rose resistance movement that developed in Munich

in the 1940s where a number of students/lecturers tried to push back against the Nazi

regime with serious personal repercussions. Also in the eighth lesson the High

School devised a novel way of spreading knowledge of the UN Human Rights by

individual pupils adopting a Right and then visiting class by class across the

school so as to disseminate the messages far and wide.

Professor Antonio Faur from the University of Oradea was a guest speaker covering

Holocaust history.