Through lessons from our past we learn about our present
The 13th Tolerance Festival continues with its Educational Mornings aimed at familiarizing young people with the tragedy of the Holocaust in a way that is understandable to them, through the medium of film and testimonies by persons who were, at their age, discriminated against and detained only because of their origin. This year’s Educational Mornings will show the short documentary animated film 5105, A Story of an Escape from Mauthausen, after which the students will get the chance to hear the first-hand experience of a Holocaust survivor, Vesna Domany Hardy.
Through the study of the Holocaust, students can understand the value of the need to foster and protect democratic values and understand the significance of tolerance. Through discussions and the exchange of opinions, young people realize that accepting diversity and respecting difference is the only acceptable way of life in the modern world. The value of the Educational Mornings is all the greater due to the fact that the number of living Holocaust survivors in Croatia is dwindling, with only a handful of those who talk to young people about their experiences.
The program, which traditionally receives the recommendation of the Ministry of Science and Education, has so far involved more than 25 thousand students from the entire Croatia and the wider region, and the Tolerance Festival recognizes nurturing young people as the most significant segment of the development of a democratic society, particularly in the present climate of increasing violence, discrimination and social injustice among young people.
Film and Discussion/ Digital School of Cinema (DSC)
The Film and Discussion program is dedicated to the integration of refugees into society, and is organizes via the concept of the “Digital School of Cinema” (DSC). It is intended for students of higher elementary school grades and secondary school students, and will be held by trained coordinators and volunteers of the DSC.
The goal of the program is to use film as a medium and discussion to engage individuals, to highlight the importance of tolerance and to counteract the negative perception of refugees in society. A common thread of all the films selected for the Film and Discussion Program is a strong message against discrimination and intolerance, which opens up space for discussion and dialogue. Film indubitably influences the formation of taste as well as educational and ethical characteristics of any person, particularly young people.
The program comprises three basic components.
Film screenings in the VR technology.
After the film, users will be able to interact with virtual elements and participate in interactive quizzes on a particular subject (the quizzes will be related to the screened VR films). The quizzes are competitive and the winning team will receive a symbolic prize.
The interactive wall is the final component of the program, as part of which the students collect letters and arrange slogans, and when they arrange the right slogan, an educational message appears on the screen.
It should be noted that all three components of the workshop use playful computer activities and for the purpose of this activity a special computer program will be developed for the quiz and digital wall. This will encourage users to engage – while at the same time learning, developing and getting inspired about the subjects covered by the workshop. All subjects are related to refugees.
The project would, as part of the 13th Festival of Tolerance, involve up to 300 students, divided into groups of 30 students. After the Festival, the developed program will be presented to schools throughout Croatia. The interactive wall would accompany the duration of the Film and Discussion program, and subsequently an application would be developed for the Educational Mornings on the Holocaust as well (since 2009, more than 25,000 students participated in the program).
The project partner is UNHCR Croatia and the program is aimed at developing empathy, solidarity and critical thinking in children. By using new technologies, such as the VR film screenings, this educational program is based on play (learning through play!) and innovative teaching methods by using resources, means and support of partners and donors.
Venue: Müller Hall in Cinema Europa
Time: Monday, 8 April; Wednesday, 10 April; Friday 12 April, 11:00
Those who wish to take part need to send an e-mail to: email@example.com