Over the course of two months at the end of 2019, our team in Yorkshire & Humber -Grace Nelson and Chris Hyliger – worked alongside students from Bradford Central PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) using the story of Anne Frank to explore issues that were important to them. The work was made possible by funds raised at a gala dinner to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birth held in London earlier in the year.
The Project included training students to become guides for the ‘Anne Frank: A History for Today’ exhibition which follows Anne’s life against the backdrop of the rise of the Nazis and the Holocaust. Over two days, students learned Anne’s story, examined the roots and consequences of prejudice and discrimination and explored how they fit into challenging some of the attitudes and behaviours they see around them. They then had the opportunity to recall Anne’s story, guiding primary school children and other students from the Unit through the exhibition.
As well as guiding peers through the exhibition students took part in a workshop and created a film highlighting racism within sport. Focusing on Anne and her story gave them the opportunity to reflect individually and understand that anyone could be discriminated against because of their identity. On completion of the Project it was evident that the confidence and knowledge of the young people in discussing and challenging prejudice had grown.