Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

March 19, 2008 08:00 ET

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Launches Antisemitism Curriculum

Developed for Grade 10 Students in Compliance with Ontario Ministry of Education Guidelines

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) today announced it is unveiling a new curriculum for confronting antisemitism in Canada and beyond. Titled "Antisemitism in the Past and the Present", this series of interdisciplinary lessons for Grade 10 English, Dramatic Arts, Civics and Canadian History was developed by and for teachers, and is fully compliant with Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines.

The new curriculum is a part of FSWC's new Tools to Teach Certification Program. It is designed to assist teachers in introducing the topic of antisemitism, and aid students in understanding what it is and how to identify it.

"Antisemitism remains a problem in Canada and, up until now, educating students about this dangerous form of racism has been challenging for teachers due to the lack of available resources and viable information," said Avi Benlolo, President and CEO of FSWC. "We compiled this factual and reliable curriculum package to ensure educators across Ontario have everything they need to integrate the topic of antisemitism into their Grade 10 classrooms. It is our hope and aspiration that this curriculum will be one of the many catalysts and resources used to stamp out antisemitism and all forms of racism and intolerance."

FSWC's new antisemitism curriculum serves as an adjunct to the professional development workshops and lectures hosted in its state-of-the-art Resource and Leadership Training Center on topics that include tolerance, diversity, the Holocaust and terrorism. Many of the workshops offered by FSWC are tailored to educators and run by experts in their field.

The official launch of "Antisemitism in the Past and Present" will take place at 6:30pm tonight at the FSWC office at 5075 Yonge Street, Suite 902 in Toronto. Media interested in attending are asked to RSVP by 4:00pm EDT today.

About Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is a Canadian human rights organization dedicated to fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. It has 25,000 members across Canada, and confronts important contemporary issues including racism, antisemitism, terrorism and genocide. The Center is affiliated with the world-wide, Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, an accredited Non-Government Organization with status at international agencies, including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE and the Council of Europe. With over 400,000 members of all faiths around the world, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has offices in New York, Miami, Paris, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires and Toronto. Simon Wiesenthal died in 2005 after devoting his life to preserving the memories of the victims of the Holocaust, while simultaneously seeking justice for the war criminals. Visit: www.fswc.ca.

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