New education pack to teach Scots pupils about genocide

A new education pack to help pupils learn about mass genocide in Europe in the 1990s is being launched for Scottish secondary schools. The Scotsman reports.

The teacher training resource is being unveiled by the Remembering Srebrenica Scotland charity in Edinburgh to highlight what can happen when intolerance and prejudice takes hold.

The organisation said many young Scots did not know more than 8,000 people, mainly Muslim men and boys, were murdered in the Bosnian town by the Bosnian Serb army in 1995.

Twenty-seven teachers from across Scotland are attending the charity’s teacher training conference tomorrow where they will learn how the material can be effectively used in the classroom.

The Scottish board of the charity is chaired by former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood. She said “Understanding why it happens and how it can be prevented is crucial in the education of children and young people.

She added: “The story of Srebrenica is not ancient history. It is a recent event in a European country and a reminder that genocide isn’t something that happens somewhere else.”

Mr Robin Macpherson, co-creator of the pack, said: “We are mindful of teacher workload, so are keen to make introducing the lessons as easy as possible so that the maximum number of pupils can learn about what happened.”

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