UCL Centre for Holocaust Education fully supports IHRA’s working definition of antisemitism

The UCL Centre for Holocaust Education is resolute in its commitment to challenge and address antisemitism in all its forms and manifestations.

Since its establishment in 2008, the Centre has worked to educate more than 18,000 teachers and millions of students in schools across the country about the long and troubling history of anti-Judaism and antisemitism, the consequences of pernicious Nazi antisemitism and the dangerous and increasing threat of antisemitism in contemporary society.

A recent example of the Centre’s national and international impact in challenging antisemitism was the publication of, Addressing Anti-Semitism in Schools (2020), which offered four-volumes of training, curriculum and guidance materials for school leaders and educators in primary, secondary and vocational schools. The publications were commissioned by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and disseminated to government ministries in the 57 participating states of the OSCE across Europe, Central Asia and North America as well as UNESCO member states across the world. They have educated key policy makers and teacher trainers from over 60 countries through workshops organized by UNESCO and ODIHR in Warsaw, Paris and Geneva.  The materials produced by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education were highly praised by Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.

The Programme Director of UCL’s Centre for Holocaust Education is one of two UK representatives who serve on the educational working group for the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and the Centre strongly supports IHRA’s work, policy and practice.

Significantly, the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education also fully supports and recognises the importance of the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism and urges all organisations (including University College London) to adopt it in full and take all necessary actions to challenge and root out all forms of antisemitism.

 

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