Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Steiner Education Centre underway

February 8, 2019 by Sue Drenth
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With the continuing support of the Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Steiner Education Centre’s (AHMSEC) principal funding partner, Gandel Philanthropy, the fit out of the AHMSEC museum is now underway.

Andrew Steiner

The project will be a dynamic multi-media space housing the permanent Holocaust exhibition, artefacts, travelling exhibitions and the stories of South Australian Holocaust survivors.Local

As part of the AHMSEC development and with the support of South Australian Minister for Education, John Gardner, the Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Steiner Education Centre Inc (AHMSEC) has announced a recent grant of $50,000 from the Department of Education that will enable a Holocaust education program to be developed and trialled across 12 Adelaide metropolitan secondary schools, targeting Year 10 History students and aligning with the national curriculum.

Local artist Andrew Steiner’s vision of a Holocaust museum and education centre in Adelaide to carry on the vital work of Holocaust education remains at the heart of the AHMSEC project. Retaining Andrew’s key tenets of a kinder and more compassionate world are the principles on which the museum and Holocaust education program are being developed.

Commencing in February, the education program will provide consistent and topic-specific information, encouraging students to critically analyse themes from the Holocaust and understand their continuing relevance to contemporary social issues.

Kerryn Langman, an Educator and Gandel Scholar will develop and deliver the pilot program with input from a Community of Practice group, comprised of History teachers and relevant stakeholders. An external evaluation will provide recommendations for the ongoing development of the program.

At the conclusion of the pilot project, the education program will be delivered “in house” at the museum’s CBD location, Fennescey House, Wakefield Street, Adelaide following its official opening later in the year.

With the rise of anti-semitism around the world and increasingly in Australia, the AHMSEC Holocaust education program has a unique and important role in educating young South Australians about the history of the Holocaust and the lessons to be taken from that in terms of encouraging a kinder and more compassionate society.

All enquiries about the AHMSEC project or to make a donation should be directed to Sue Drenth, Project Manager at sdrenth@ahmsec.org.au .

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