Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center's (FSWC) Tour for Humanity mobile education centre delivered its final workshop to students on Canada's east coast last Friday, completing its first-ever, month-long visit to schools in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Between April 24 and May 19, the bus travelled to schools across the two provinces - from Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John to Halifax and Upper Tantallon - reaching more than 2,500 students with educational workshops that teach about the history and lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides and Canada's human rights history. Following a review of the past, students examined and discussed current issues, learning about the importance of standing up against hate, intolerance and bullying.
Both students and teachers were very receptive and grateful for this learning opportunity. While students expressed that this material is not something they are normally exposed to, many showed an understanding of the lessons of the Holocaust, discussing the importance of not discriminating against people and respecting different identities. Countless teachers noted the necessity of young people receiving this education.
Last fall, FSWC launched its second Tour for Humanity bus, generously donated by the Goldenberg family, to help reach twice as many students at twice as many schools across the country. While both buses will remain in Ontario for the remainder of the school year, the second Tour for Humanity bus will continue to travel from coast to coast to coast starting in the next school year.
FSWC is thankful to all of the east coast schools and educators that welcomed the Tour for Humanity and showcased their commitment to Holocaust and human rights education and empowering students to be changemakers in their communities.
Click here to check out CTV News Atlantic coverage of the Tour for Humanity east coast visit.