In Panama, Forum “Educating to Remember” in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Children
Tuesday, November 18, 2014.
The Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) in Panama continues its tour through high schools of this country with the Forums “Educating to Remember”. This time it reached the Educational Center of the Republic of Honduras , public school of Pacora Center, where 65 ninth grade students received teachings related to the topic “The Holocaust, Paradigm of Genocide”, in the framework of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Children.
During the Forum, which was aimed at underage students, it was recalled that during the Holocaust in World War II, half a million Jewish children died, many of whom entered the concentration camps as infants; and those who survived, in many cases remained orphaned, trying to reclaim their lives, fighting for the right to live, and facing an incredulous society, which denied the facts.
Professor César Castillo, Deputy Director of the Educational Center of the Republic of Honduras, insisted on the importance of implementing an education for peace in the different communities upon the students. Meanwhile, Carmela Cedeño, community leader of Pacora and activist project developer of GEAP in Panama, encouraged youths to fully investigate these historical events, and suggested the study of other genocides that have taken place in the world, to thereby broaden their criteria in the subject.
During the Forum “Educating to Remember” a video about the Holocaust, which was produced by the GEAP, was projected and discussed by Yubelly Quiñonez on behalf of this organization, mentioning that Human Rights were missing values in the Nazi ideology implemented by Adolf Hitler.
A dynamic of questions and answers between students and lecturers was the closing activity for this forum, which then proceeded with the placement of the Plaque of the project “Traces to Remember” of the GEAP, in tribute to Holocaust survivor, Simon Burstein. It will be exposed during 15 days at the Educational Center of Republic of Honduras in Panama.