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Crimes Against Humanity: Anniversaries

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the merits of the observance in educational institutions of a day of remembrance for crimes against humanity. (253756)

It is for schools to decide whether to observe days of remembrance or celebration and how that might fit with the curriculum or the wider education of the students. However, there are some elements of history that we believe are of vital importance and will continue to ensure that they are covered by all schools—the study of the Holocaust is one of these. Holocaust Memorial Day aims to encourage greater awareness among young people of the relevance of the Holocaust and the need for mutual respect and understanding. It is supported by a Government funded education pack.