The Anne Frank project.
Read Yousuf Hanook's account of his time as an Anne Frank ambassador in school.
On the 2 November 20 students in Year 9 were chosen to take part in the Anne Frank exhibition by Miss Wright and Miss Williams. This helped us to increase our knowledge about the torture and persecution caused by the Nazis towards the Jews. We learnt about the diary of a young Jewish girl who lived under Nazi ruling. On the first two days, we were taught how to be a tour guide and learnt about Anne’s life. Then we taught other history and RE classes about it. We all learnt one section of the exhibition in great detail so that we could be confident in our delivery.
At first, some of us were uncomfortable and uneasy but as we took on more classes we became more and more confident. On the 11 November (Remembrance Day), we made a huge poppy with pictures of Anne Frank in remembrance of the soldier in WW1 and all the Jewish people who suffered the holocaust. On the same day, we invited teachers, governors and parents to come and go through our exhibit. At the end of the two week course, our trainer from the Anne Frank trust, Val Ross, said, “I would like to thank the staff and pupils at Challney Boys for hosting the Anne Frank - A History for Today exhibition. The boys who took on the responsibility of becoming exhibition guides were a delight to work with and demonstrated a huge commitment to sharing their knowledge of Anne's story with others in the school community and to reflecting on what her story can teach us today. I commend them for their creativity, commitment and willingness to step up to taking on the challenge of teaching others about The Holocaust.”
At the end of the two weeks, six students were chosen to go on further training and did work outside the school for two days. The rest of us were, of course disappointed but we were happy that we took part in the exhibition and the teachers were proud of us. We were given copies of Anne Frank’s diary to keep as a thank you. Year 10 students were also involved in prejudice workshops which gave them the time to discuss stereotypes in modern society.
One of our team of tour guides, Abdullah Ayaz, said, “many students learnt a lot of new things about Anne Frank, like the fact she was actually born in Germany and that her father fought for Germany in WW1 as a respected soldier. The prejudice workshops helped people to understand about the dangers of stereotypes and bullying. All in all, I think it was a great experience for us as tour guides, staff and the classes involved. We felt proud to show people around the exhibition and we felt confident in our knowledge.”