After presenting our amendments and student pledges for the lessons related to the Second World War in grade 10 social studies curriculam to the acting director, Dr. Bal Krishna Ranjit in the Curriculum Development Center, Anne Frank Project Nepal 2012 has finally come to an end. We spent around an hour discussing the possibilities of including the topics of the Holocaust and the story of the Anne Frank along with other major events and figures related to WWII in Nepalese curriculum. Dr. Ranjit, a great appreciator of world history himself held AFPN's effort in high regard and promised to present the amendments to the academicians related to the field. He also assured us that he would provide us with enough feedback once he held the meeting with other officials.
Before our visit to the CDC, we had met the undersecretary of Ministry of Education, Mr. Rojnath Panday to discuss the procedures and likelihood of amendments. We had received a very positive response from him.
We hope we hear from Dr. Ranjit soon. (Though he is the deputy director of the CDC, he is currently acting as director).
AFPN CLASSES VISITS
In order to teach students regarding the Holocaust, Anne Frank and the other World War, an AFPN team consisting of 4 to 6 volunteers visits schools throughout Nepal and spends one or two days at each school. The actual project is divided into several different parts:
AFPN Site Trips
SCHOOL ASSEMBLY: 5-10 MINUTES
A volunteer begins by adding AFPN, the mission and intent, and the schedule for your day to an assembly of K-12 learners. This segment is intended to be able to spark curiosity and discussion between students and teachers and to cause them to become attend poster session.
POSTER PROGRAM: THROUGHOUT THE DAY
This particular segment features 15 large banners together with photographs, descriptions, and facts capturing life during the Nazi occupation of Germany, your story of Anne Frank, as well as the history of the Holocaust. The poster session is ready to accept all students and teachers. They are displayed in a common hall throughout the day, so students can explore these banners whenever they have free time.
DISCUSSION PROGRAM: 2-3 HOURS
This session is geared toward high school students, mostly 10th graders. A brief power point presentation with important terminology, definitions, and basic info about the Holocaust and Anne Frank is presented. This is and then a documentary video detailing the life span of Anne Frank. Students are given a short self-scored survey to find out how well they understood the material covered throughout the day.
Finally, the volunteers lead a discussion session with all the students. The volunteers question the students about what they have learned throughout the day, what the importance is of learning about the Holocaust, and how the the Holocaust and Anne frank might apply at today. Ultimately, the discussion encourages students to consentrate critically, reflect, and discuss their perspectives because of their peers. At the end of the discussion students get the chance to sign a pledge to supporting a movement to feature topics of the Holocaust and Anne Frank inside the Nepalese school curriculum.
Each school visit concluded which has a donation of books and educational materials associated with Anne Frank and the Holocaust on the school library. Each student was given a brochure with AFPN's contact information and a long list of the topics learned.