– by Eilidh Lean.

For the first time in months and following all COVID-safety protocols, I was able to take our History for Today exhibition into the Good Shepherd Centre, a secure care and close support centre for young people who we have worked with since 2011. While in the Good Shepherd we run a shortened version of our History for Today programme with the young people and working with our key contact, Tracey, we adapted the programme so we could reach all the young people and adhere to social distancing.

The programme sees us introducing Anne’s story to the young people through two-days of taster sessions with the different classes and then on the final two days, we work with the young people so they can present the panels they have learnt about. This usually happens to fellow young people and staff, this year however was slightly different and the young people were recorded either on camera or their voice talking about their panel.

As always, the young people involved did a brilliant job and kept me on my toes with very thoughtful questions about the exhibition and Anne’s story while receiving a tour of the exhibition. Then when it was their turn to shine, they did a superb job talking about each of their panels and the growth in confidence from their first panel to their last was lovely to see.

It’s a joy and a privilege to see young people not only gaining the knowledge of Anne’s story, of the Holocaust and of the dangers of prejudice and discrimination but building their confidence in their own abilities.

– Eilidh Lean is Anne Frank Scotland Project Officer.