Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Children Challenge Prejudice; Views of the North

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Children Challenge Prejudice; Views of the North

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ON Wednesday Anne Frank, had she survived, would have celebrated her 84th birthday.

When I tell the school pupils I work with this they are often surprised. Had she lived, she would have been the same age as their grandparents or great-grandparents.

She is not so far away from them in history as they thought.

Across the country, the Anne Frank Trust and the schools and communities we work with will be marking Anne Frank Day on June 12. Schools in Newcastle have played an important part in our work, with pupils from Benfield School, Heaton Manor School, St Mary's Catholic School, Excelsior Academy and Walbottle Campus all hosting our exhibition, Anne Frank: A History for Today, and sharing her story with their fellow pupils.

Through the power of Anne's words, we encourage young people to embrace positive attitudes, personal responsibility and respect for others. Through realising that Anne Frank was someone like them, who lived with such hope through such difficulty, who has posthumously achieved so much, and inspired so many, they understand what they are capable of: the role that they too can play in challenging the prejudice and hatred that still exist in our society today. …

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