Anne Frank is the world’s greatest role model of a young person speaking out against discrimination by telling her own story. Anne’s message reached the world only after her death at the hands of the Nazis, but this tragedy can be hugely powerful in moving today’s young people to speak out in her name.
My Story, one of our new education programmes for 2020-2021, empowers young people to challenge prejudice by using their own personal experience, inspired by Anne Frank the writer.
My Story generates the same range and depth of learning as our long-established, highly regarded exhibition programme. It includes the same core elements of interactive workshops, peer education and ambassador training – plus the addition of follow-up mentoring. Instead of focusing on an exhibition about Anne Frank, it uses reading and video extracts from Anne Frank’s Diary.
This makes the programme especially valuable during COVID-19 restrictions, when some schools may be unable to accommodate a physical exhibition.
The programme is also especially suited to disadvantaged students, or those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010, as it enables them to learn from and express their own identities and stories. It turns disadvantage into cultural and social capital.
Key elements of the programme
- Discovery workshops for up to 30 young people, exploring text and video extracts from Anne Frank’s Diary to learn about the Holocaust, Frank’s story, the global impact of the Diary, and about prejudice and discrimination today. Learning resources include our Young People’s Guide to the Diary here and short films produced by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, which can be viewed here. Approximately 4 to 5 hours of learning, delivered by a member of our education team. Additional workshops can be provided on specific forms of discrimination or such topics as shared values, hate-based bullying or identifying extremism.
- Empowerment workshops in which up to 15 young people are trained as peer educators. Individually, in pairs or small groups, they select a text or video extract from the Diary, and create a presentation about Anne Frank, the Holocaust or prejudice today, together with a quiz or other activity to share their learning with others. Approximately 4 hours of learning.
- Peer education in which the peer educators use their presentations and learning activities with fellow students, parents or others in their school or community. Organised by the school with Anne Frank Trust support. Length and number depend on school wishes and resources.
- Reflection and creativity workshops for up to 6 young people selected to become Anne Frank Ambassadors. The young people reflect on their identities and experiences of discrimination, and find a creative means to tell their story or message so as to communicate empathy and understanding. The depth of personal reflection depends on individual needs and school advice. The creative means are led by the young people and available resources – eg art, creative writing, film or music. Approximately 6 hours of learning, plus homework.
- Ambassadors. The 6 young people are supported to showcase their creative responses and share with appropriate audiences, eg in school, in their community or online. Range of activities depends on school wishes and resources. Ambassadors may also be invited to regional, national and international events with the Anne Frank Trust.
- Mentoring. Ambassadors have a continuing role of speaking against prejudice, and this is supported for up to a year with four online mentoring sessions, with their Anne Frank Trust educator.
- Historical knowledge around the Holocaust
- Knowledge of Anne Frank’s Diary as literature and cultural phenomenon
- Understanding of prejudice and discrimination in today’s society
- Presentation and social skills
- Commitment and confidence to speak out against discrimination
- Lasting impact on school values of kindness and diversity
- Life-changing empowerment for ambassadors
- Available from August 2020
- For age 10 to 15 years
- By video link, in person, or a combination
- Whole day or shorter sessions
- In school timetable, in partnership with school but off timetable, or in community settings
- Optional school assembly or large group presentation by Anne Frank staff
- No cost to state schools or community groups in London, North East England, North West England and Yorkshire (depending on availability)
- For Scotland, other regions and independent schools, please email for breakdown of fees
If you would like to support the My Story programme with a donation please click here.
If you are interested in booking the My Story programme for your school or local community please contact our Director of Education, Sarah Nuzum: