Today, Sunday, January 12, 2014 a 12-day seminar for South Korean educators opened at the International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem. A group of some 20 educators, among them teachers, principals and administrators, are participating in a comprehensive program designed specifically for them. This is the first time the School has hosted a South Korean delegation.
While at Yad Vashem, participants will attend lectures and discussions on Holocaust history and pedagogy, meet with Holocaust survivors and hear their testimony, experience extensive, in-depth tours of the Campus and have the opportunity to partake in classes taught by top educators and historians about various topics related to the Holocaust.
“Over the past few years, we have seen growing interest in the Holocaust around the world, including in countries geographically far from the events themselves,” said Avner Shalev, Chairman of Yad Vashem. “The seminar for educators from South Korea joins others we have held recently for Asian educators from China and India. I welcome the increasing significance of Holocaust education in Korea, and am pleased that we are able to host this first group of Korean educators at our School.”
The rise of modern antisemitism, representation of the Holocaust in literature, the "Final Solution," cultural and spiritual Resistance, the Righteous among the Nations, the unprecedentedness of the Holocaust, and the International School’s pedagogical approach to Holocaust education and presentations of specific educational resources, will be among the issues discussed during the seminar. Participants will also tour Jerusalem and other areas in Israel.
The seminar has been made possible by the generous support of the Adelson Family Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel.
The International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem was founded two decades ago to provide Holocaust education to a broad audience. The School conducts dozens of seminars annually for educators from around the world, and produces educational material in over 20 different languages. Established in 1993, the International School is a world leader in Holocaust education, working to implement educational activities for different target populations and age groups in Israel and abroad. Hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, soldiers, and leaders of public opinion from Israel and around the world attend programs at the International School every year, and use the various multi-media and age-appropriate educational materials created.