THIS IS HOW WE CHANGE THE WORLD!
This week Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) had
the privilege of working with more than 250 students across the Greater Toronto
Area, to teach them about the dangers of hatred and intolerance, and to inspire
them to make positive changes in their schools and communities. In the face of
in antisemitism and racism
in Canada this week, our efforts have taken on renewed importance.
of Hate and Intolerance' workshop for high school students is emblematic of
the work we do to address issues of hate in Canada and around the world. This
week 50 grade 10 students from St. Marguerite d'Youville School in Brampton
participated in the workshop and enjoyed a lively discussion about intolerance
and racism, and what the American election means for Canada and Canadians. The
group concluded that fear should not be the guiding force behind our
perceptions of people who are different from us.
This type of dialogue is typical of the conversations we enjoy with youth of all ages right across the province. Sadly, much of what we are hearing from the very youngest students in elementary school is about their fear of increased discrimination, deportation and even World War III. Our trained educators are prepared to deal with these difficult discussions. By laying a foundation of historical context and engaging in meaningful discussion with students to help dispel their alarm, FSWC works to empower them to take positive actions to improve their schools and communities.
The fact that FSWC workshops in the Tom and Anna Koffler Training Center classroom in Toronto, and on the Tour for Humanity mobile Tolerance Education classroom, are booked solid until the end of the academic year points to the growing need and demand for programs that speak to issues of human rights, and inspire students to speak out against injustice.
"The increased hatred we see in Canada, from these antisemitic and racist incidents in the past two weeks must not be normalized or accepted in any way," explained FSWC President & CEO Avi Benlolo. "Instead, we must educate our children and communities about tolerance, about acceptance of diversity, about the importance of inclusion and about the need to protect these core values. The foundation of Canadian society depends on defending and upholding these values and beliefs against those who would undermine them in the cause of divisiveness and hate."
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