We are pleased to announce the
seventh year of The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program for the
2005-2006 school year. The objectives of the Program are to promote tolerance and sensitize Canadian high school students to the consequences of racism including gaining an understanding of the vital role each person plays in the defense of human rights. In addition to bearing witness, participants will be capable of sharing their learning with others. This initiative takes a
cross-cultural approach to addressing human rights issues.
As a defining event in the history of the twentieth century, the Holocaust offers lessons about human nature and society, universal lessons that we can connect to other examples of prejudice and hatred. Learning the lessons of the Holocaust offers a profound introduction to the study of human rights.
One of the key lessons of the Holocaust is that indifference made the horror possible. Study and understanding of the Holocaust highlights the importance of personal responsibility, an essential quality of leadership.
Grade nine students from the Winnipeg Jewish community will be selected. There is a $250.00 fee per individual. Cost for travel, admissions, meals and accommodation are paid by the program. Participants are also responsible for their travel documents and spending money
These sessions are led by experienced educators at the Freeman Family foundation Holocaust Education Centre located in the Asper Jewish Community Campus. Sessions will be held in the evenings over a period of nine weeks. These sessions will focus on a number of topics and issues, including: the Holocaust through history; literature and survivor testimony; European Jewry; the rise of Zionism and the birth of the State of Israel; and world issues. Participants will also keep a learning journal and meet regularly with their school chaperone.
The program will culminate with a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.. The four day trip includes other sights of interest and is scheduled for the spring. The participants will be accompanied by school teachers, program administration staff,
educators and chaperones.
Community Service (Chesed Project)
Community service forms a compulsory part of the
program. Participants will be required to perform 20 hours of community
service. This chesed project must be pre-approved by program administrators and
must be completed prior to travel.
Students, parents, chaperones and the Asper Foundation participate in an evening
ceremony celebrating the students' completion of this significant educational
experience. This graduation ceremony is a compulsory part of the program.
For more Information contact:
Carla Divinsky, Holocaust Education Coordinator
Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada
C116-123 Doncaster Street - Winnipeg, MB, R3N 2B2
Phone: 477-7458 - Fax: 477-7465
The Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada is
dedicated to the preservation, documentation, interpretation and
exhibition of Jewish heritage. The Centre offers a wide range of services
including: Holocaust and anti-racism education and outreach; a growing
Holocaust resource and research centre; genealogical research; and photo,
document, video and audio archives.
Generously Funded By
The Asper Foundation is a private, charitable
foundation established by Israel Asper in 1983. Developed to build upon
the Asper family's philanthropic objectives, the Foundation has already
undertaken major initiatives in the areas of culture, education, community
development and human rights. The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust
Studies Program, a cornerstone in the Foundation's human rights
initiatives, already funds the visits of Grade 9 students from across
Canada including the Gray Academy to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.