Schoolchildren should be taught about Judaism and the Shoah at an early age, also as a form of awareness raising and prevention. The SIG offers a course on the Shoah for teachers and the dialogue programme Likrat for classroom encounters.
Topics in connection with Judaism should be addressed early on in school education. This includes general knowledge about Judaism and the Shoah as well as elements of awareness raising and prevention. The SIG wants to support teachers in their efforts to convey these subjects to their students. Together with partner organisations, it has two programmes on offer in this context for teachers and for classroom teaching.
Course on the Shoah for teachers
The SIG offers teachers in German-speaking Switzerland a two-part course on the Shoah and how to introduce the subject in a classroom context. In the first part, the two umbrella organisations of Jews in Switzerland, the SIG and the Platform of Liberal Jews in Switzerland PLJS, conduct a day-trip to Auschwitz. This is followed by a practical course at the Pädagogische Hochschule (teacher training college) in Lucerne. The offer is aimed primarily at teachers of lower and upper level secondary schools.
Awareness raising and dialoguing with Likrat
In what is known as «Likrat encounters», Jewish youths visit school classes to introduce Judaism and to answer associated questions from students. The aim of Likrat is to enhance mutual understanding and put the focus on what all people have in common, thereby reducing antisemitic and racist prejudice and stereotypes. This approach leads to new interfaith and intercultural experiences and helps enhance tolerance and openness for dialogue. Likrat operates in primary, secondary and baccalaureate schools.