Effectively challenging prejudice
For young people taking part in the Anne Frank Trust’s schools and Ambassadors’ programme the result is positive, lasting attitudinal change. The programme educates young people about the roots and consequences of prejudice and discrimination, and increases their understanding of and respect for those of different faiths, cultures and identities. As Anne Frank Ambassadors they are trained to become socially aware and active members of society, developing life skills that enable them to recognise and challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and to amplify Anne Frank’s message of social justice and equality for all.
Evaluation of the Anne Frank Trust’s schools programme 2017-2018 shows that 97.2% of the young people surveyed became more positive to at least one group of people different to themselves.
Furthermore, young people’s improved attitudes are either maintained or even improve further up to 3 years after the programme, as 66.7% of young people whose attitudes improved after completing the programme in 2016-17 still have these positive attitudes in 2019. Take a closer look at our report: Changing Attitudes of young people towards other social groups.
“Learning about Anne Frank has made me a lot more open-minded…in that I’m willing to meet new people outside of my culture, my race.” Anne Frank Ambassador, Lealands High School, Luton
On 11 April 1944, Anne wrote in her diary: “If God lets me live I’ll make my voice heard, I’ll go out into the world and work for mankind.” The Holocaust robbed Anne of her future, but through her diary she did indeed go on to make a difference across the world, not least though the numerous educational programmes her story and writing inspired in dozens of countries. The present research demonstrates the impact not just of our schools work here in the UK but also of Anne’s extraordinary legacy.
Tim Robertson, CE Of the Anne Frank Trust UK