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Education & Diversity Programmes

FSWC offers a variety of programs and workshops to facilitate student learning and develop strategies to address issues of social justice, tolerance and human rights. These workshops are offered free of charge at our Tom and Anna Koffler Tolerance Teaching Centre.

To book a workshop and for more information please contact an Education Associate.

Amanda Brinder
Senior Educator

Phone: 416-864-9735 x27
Email: abrinder@fswc.ca
Zoe Metz
Senior Educator

Phone: 416-864-9735 x24
Email: zmetz@fswc.ca

To view our 2014/2015 Course Calendar please click here

Diversity Education Workshops for Students

Student Workshops
All of FSWC’s student workshops are linked to Ontario Curriculum expectations; these programs provide the building blocks in which you can build an inclusive classroom. Based on the Equity & Inclusivity Strategy, workshops are a great tool to address expectations while generating meaningful discussions that challenge perspectives and offer further understanding of difficult subject matter.

Leadership 101 – Diversity Training for Student Leaders
Calling all student leaders! Are you looking to create positive change in your school? This interactive, hands-on program will present issues of diversity in a manner that shifts perspective and allows students to reflect on their own diversity story. All activities are transferable to the classroom and will provide students with tools to take back to their school to teach their peers and take action in a real-world setting.

Digital Hate: How Connected Are You?
In recent years digital space has become increasingly prominent in the lives of young people. It has become a space of progress and social change, as well as a space of intolerance. The objective of this workshop is to explore this new space and understand how it affects our students. Together we will explore cyberbullying and the real life consequences of this increasingly dangerous and growing trend. We will also look at the responsibilities that come along with online activity and explore the dark world of digital hate.

Canada: Intolerant Attitudes & Creating Change
Students will explore what racism and prejudice are and how these social issues affect them and the communities in which they live. Students will also learn about different forms of discrimination in Canada, with a focus on antisemitism, racism and hate crimes both locally and nationally in the hopes of creating awareness, dialogue and action. This program will enable students to foster attitudes of respect, tolerance and inclusivity in their home, school, and community.

Lessons & Legacy of the Holocaust
The Holocaust is not just a Jewish story, but a human story. This workshop explores not only the history of the Holocaust, but also the attitudes and social forces that enabled one of the darkest periods in human history. Students also have the opportunity to meet a Holocaust survivor, listen to his/her testimony, ask questions, and gain a better understanding of the impact the Holocaust has had individually and collectively. This program encourages students to examine the lessons they can draw from the Holocaust as individuals, citizens of a democracy, and as Canadians.

Heroes Among Us
Who is a hero? Someone who possesses exceptional courage or ability? Someone who demonstrates noble qualities? A role model? How do you define a hero? This workshop will investigate the idea of a hero – what defines a hero, the role heroes play in our everyday lives, and who can be a hero. Discussions on character traits such as respect, empathy, integrity, and responsibility will be used to creatively investigate historical and modern day figures including Simon Wiesenthal, Romeo Dallaire and Malala Yousafzai. Students will also have the chance to focus on their own lives, their defining characteristics, and the ways in which they can be a hero and affect change.

Genocide & the Power of Action
“The history of man is the history of crimes and crimes can repeat,” stated Simon Wiesenthal. The 20th century can be described as a century of crime in which several genocides were perpetrated. In this workshop students will explore the theoretical framework used to define genocide. This framework will be applied to three case studies of genocide so that students understand where theory intersects with reality. Finally, students will be challenged to take action in response to genocide.

A Call to All – For Women’s Rights We Must Stand Tall
Despite the developments over the course of the past century, gender inequities continue to persist. This workshop will explore issues affecting girls and women, both at home and abroad, as students become versed in a conversation of rights and freedoms. Although the focus of this workshop is on women’s right, it is by no means exclusive to women. In order to create real change, boys and men must be mobilized to act alongside women; without this partnership, change cannot happen. Students will leave informed, empowered and equipped with tools to affect real and positive change.

The Canary in the Coal Mine: Antisemitism Old and New
Antisemitism is often referred to as the canary in the coal mine. Canaries were placed in coal mines to warn of danger. When the canary died it meant there was too much carbon monoxide in the air so the miners had to be evacuated immediately or face impending death. The bird was used as an early warning system. Throughout the ages, Jews have been like the canary in the coal mine. Any downturn in their treatment or status as equal citizens signaled the decline in the rights and freedoms within society. History has taught us that when intolerant attitudes and behaviour are accepted and normalized within a society, democracy and civil rights are endangered.

Propaganda: Reading through the Message
Throughout the Holocaust and World War II powerful means of propaganda were used to persuade the population towards a particular belief system. This workshop will examine the different imagery, media and style used in propaganda during this era. The concepts of bias and misinformation will be explored in detail. Students will leave with a stronger understanding of how to read the subtle messages in today’s media. This workshop is a perfect complement to your media literacy program and Holocaust education program.

Speaker Profile: Marina Nemat, Author
A Prisoner in Tehran

Marina Nemat
In 1982, 16-year-old Marina Nemat was arrested on false charges by Iranian Revolutionary Guards and tortured in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. At a time when most Western teenaged girls are choosing their prom dresses, Nemat was having her feet beaten by men with cables and listening to gunshots as her friends were being executed. She survived only because one of the guards fell in love with her and threatened to harm her family if she refused to marry him. Soon after her forced conversion to Islam and marriage, her husband was assassinated by rival factions. Nemat was returned to prison but, ironically, it was her captor's family who eventually secured her release. An extraordinary tale of faith and survival, Prisoner of Tehran is a testament to the power of love in the face of evil and injustice.
Presentations are:
  • available both at schools within the greater Toronto area and the Tom and Anna Koffler Tolerance Training Centre
  • suitable for grades 9 to 12
  • appropriate for Educator groups on Professional Development days
  • run for a duration of one hour
* charges do apply

Lessons in Humanity: A Law Enforcement Sensitivity & Diversity Training Programme

Programme Overview:
This full day interactive, educational program is designed for law enforcement personnel at all levels. The seminar will begin by examining the role of law enforcement in conflict from a historical perspective. Officers will also have the opportunity to hear testimony from a Holocaust survivor. In the afternoon the program shifts from historical analysis to the present day, as Canadian issues surrounding multiculturalism, diversity and tolerance are explored.

Global Issues; Local Policing: A Law Enforcement Programme

Programme Overview:
This full day interactive, educational program is designed for law enforcement personnel at all levels. It works to breakdown the increasingly complicated and globalized world in which we live, as essential links between current events and the daily work of law enforcement officials on the ground in Canada are explored. Radicalization within Canada and hate crimes will be examined in order to continue to build the necessary skills to identify and address these crimes as effectively as possible.

The Wiesenthal Scholarship

The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) is offering educational scholarships to recognize exceptional students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to further Simon Wiesenthal’s legacy of promoting tolerance, social justice, and human rights. The Wiesenthal Scholarships offers seven awards at $3600 for students pursuing post-secondary education.

Successful applicants must demonstrate leadership and involvement in activities and initiatives that support and continue to uphold the mission of FSWC to promote social justice and human rights and to counter antisemitism, bullying, racism, homophobia or other forms of hatred. The scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students in grade 12 to assist with the costs of study at university or college.

Please click this link for the 2015 Wiesenthal Scholarship Application.
Zaglembier Society Scholarship
The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC), in conjunction with the Zaglembier Society, is offering awards of $1,800 to recognize students who have a passion for keeping the memories of the Holocaust alive and a strong commitment to Simon Wiesenthal’s legacy of promoting education and tolerance. Successful applicants must demonstrate their commitment to Holocaust Studies and Holocaust education in essay format and showcase their involvement with Holocaust Studies and Holocaust education throughout their post-Graduate studies.

Please click this link for the Zaglembier Society Scholarship.
Speakers Idol Speaking Contest

Do YOU Want to Change the World?

The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center has an annual speech contest. This is a way to provide an avenue for student involvement. The purpose of Speakers Idol is:

1. To raise awareness about different issues in the world that are of concern to students,

2. To provide an outlet for students to raise their voice, and

3. To empower students to take action towards making our world a better place.
Elementary Students: Write a 3-minute speech on “How to Make the World a Better Place”

Secondary Students: Write a 3-minute speech on “Issues Facing Canadian Youth and possible solutions”

All students are encouraged to use multi-media techniques in their presentation. Our top 5 elementary students and top 5 secondary students will be invited to an evening event where they will present their speech to a panel of judges. Winners will be selected during this event.

Enter the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Speaking Competition by Monday April 6th by sending an email with your speech to Zoe Metz at zmetz@fswc.ca


Amanda Brinder
Senior Educator

Phone: 416-864-9735 x27
Toll Free: 1-866-864-9735
Email: abrinder@fswc.ca
Zoe Metz
Senior Educator

Phone: 416-864-9735 x24
Toll Free: 1-866-864-9735
Email: zmetz@fswc.ca