All aboard the human rights bus

May 10, 2019


All aboard the human rights bus (Winnipeg Free Press)

Students from Mulvey School watch a video on Hope while seated on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Humanity Bus while it's stopped at their school for classroom teaching sessions on Thursday.

Teaching children about heroes triumphing over hate in 45 minutes from inside a motorhome is a big job, but the Tour for Humanity is doing it — one classroom at a time.

A 30-seat, wheelchair-accessible classroom on wheels, Tour for Humanity is an outreach and education centre from Toronto-based Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies. It rolled through Winnipeg on Thursday and Friday, stopping at Mulvey School and St. Emile Catholic School for presentations to a total of 300 students in Grade 3 through 8.

Led by teacher/FSWC education associate Emily Barsanti-Innes, students learned about the life of Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal (who used his adult life to become a human rights advocate and Nazi war criminal hunter), the Holocaust, and the importance of human rights, diversity, democracy and the power of one's own voice.

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