The Riva and Thomas O. Hecht Scholarship Program, Teaching of the Holocaust for Educators endeavours to promote Holocaust education to educators in Quebec. This scholarship program is designed to offer professional development opportunities to educators through the Belfer National Conference for Educators at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Quebec is one of the provinces in Canada that does not formally mandate Holocaust Education in its curricula. The alarming and virulent increase in human rights violations, violence, racism, hatred and anti-Semitism in North America and worldwide underscores the urgent need for major changes in the content of some courses in schools both here and abroad.
Teachers will find it instructive to participate in learning activities that equip them to help sensitize students to the facts and consequences of the Holocaust and other human rights violations. The Belfer National Conference for Educators presents Holocaust education for English Language Arts and Social Studies/History teachers from grade 6 and up.
The goal of T.H.E. PROGRAM is to provide professional development opportunities for teaching about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. Teachers of all faiths and ethnicities from all parts of Quebec are invited to apply. T.H.E. PROGRAM sends several teachers each year to participate in these seminars. Our vision is to broaden the scope of Holocaust Education through the work of our Graduates.
The impact of the Israel experience has been widely observed in Quebec as more teachers and students are exposed to the concepts and ideas about ways to stem the actions of hatred, violence and anti-Semitism. Past graduates have received many requests to give presentations, information sessions and workshops in schools and in their communities. Examples may be found on the IMPLEMENTATION and PRESS pages. Holocaust survivors are invited to give testimonies to students at school assemblies and in their classrooms.
It is our plan to continue this work at the Washington Holocaust Memorial Museum through the Belfer National Conference.