Knowing the story of acts such as the Holocaust, allows the students to recognize the consequences of intolerance, prejudice and disrespect of life; with this concept, the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) developed in Mexico workshops about the genocidal barbarism.
With the aim of remembering this life lesson, to promote the respect of human dignity, as well as the defense and practice of inalienable rights, the GEAP carried out training activities at educational institutions of the Guerrero and Veracruz states.
1,594 students participated in the workshops that were carried out from September 20 to 22, in the framework of the Educating to Remember Program which is promoted by the GEAP as an integral educational plan focused in the teaching of principles and ethical, moral and spiritual values. (See program)
The activities were conducive to the celebration of the International Day of Peace (September 21).
Peace as a flag in Banderilla
750 students which belong to five elementary schools, two tele-secondary’s, as well as parents, municipal authorities and GEAP volunteers, participated in the workshop "The power of integral education with values to achieve peace."
The fairground of the municipality of Banderilla was the place that received students, municipal personalities and other citizens; among those present were:
- The Secretary of H. Town Hall, David Molina, representing mayor Esteban Acosta
- The president of the municipal DIF, Ixchel Jurado
- The president of the Children's Council, Aaron Solano and
- The coordinator of the GEAP Francisco Guerra
Among the educational institutes that participated were: Heriberto Jara Corona, Benito Juárez García, Niños Héroes de Chapultepec, Luis Martínez Murillo y Enrique C. Rébsamen.
The event began with the welcoming words from behalf of the municipality representative. Following it, the GEAP coordinator in his participation, stressed the importance in celebrating the International Day of Peace in all nations.
"We know that peace is a necessity; let us plant the seed of peace in each child, and to live in harmony, respecting all laws," mentioned Guerra.
The president of the Children's Council was in charge of lecturing on universal values and principles.
The event concluded with the presentation of the photographic gallery of Anne Frank (German Jewish girl) and the presentation of awards by the GEAP to the schools that attended the workshop.
Cordoba receives training
188 students, teachers and management staff from the Vanguardia Revolucionaria Elementary School and the National Union of Educational Workers (SNTE) attended the workshop in the city of Córdoba.
Also in Guillermo A. Sherwell Elementary School, academics, teachers and 286 students learned about the history of World War II (1939-1945).
During the activities the students took a tour of the Holocaust Photo Gallery and the Anne Frank Story.
In Chilpancingo: Holocaust Paradigm of Genocide
At the tele-secondary school Emiliano Zapata of the city of Chilpancingo de los Bravos, the workshop was focused on the topic: "Holocaust Paradigm of Genocide." 370 students and teachers participated.
Representatives of the government and human rights participated in the workshop as special guests, including:
- Humberto Calvo, undersecretary of government in political affairs of the H. Town Hall of Chilpancingo, representing Marco Antonio Leyva Mena;
- The Constitutional President of Chilpancingo Gro., Mr. Gabriel Cadena Rumbo;
- The Coordinator of Human Rights in the state of Guerrero, Prof. Germán Soto Lara; and
- The representative from the GEAP, Francisco Guerra.
Prevention of future genocide: foundation
In order to develop the "Educating to Remember" Program, the GEAP bases on Resolution 60/7 of 2005, approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations, which states "Urges Member States to develop educational programmes that will inculcate future generations with the lessons of the Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide..."; and in other international instruments.