Caption: Minister of Education Elaine Taylor tours the Anne Frank exhibit at Vanier Catholic Secondary School: (left to right) Vanier vice-principal Jeanette Gallant, School Library Services consultant Michel Emery, Taylor, and Anne Frank exhibit curator Julie Couture.
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WHITEHORSE—An acclaimed international travelling exhibit, Anne Frank – A History for Today is on display at a number of Yukon schools. The exhibition enhances the knowledge of young Canadians on the history of the Second World War, the Holocaust in Europe and the history of Canada. It also provides an opportunity for student volunteers to be trained as guides for the exhibit.
"This exhibit challenges students and visitors alike to think about the principles of tolerance, mutual respect, human rights and democracy," Minister of Education Elaine Taylor said. "For the students volunteering to be tour guides it provides an opportunity to develop public speaking and interpersonal skills."
Students from three Whitehorse secondary schools recently spent two days training to be peer guides for the exhibit with Julie Couture from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.
"The student peer guides are not just trained to guide their peers in the exhibition," Julie Couture, coordinator of Anne Frank House’s Canadian tour said. "Students will also discuss issues that are still relevant in today's world, such as discrimination and the importance of tolerance."
The Anne Frank – A History for Today exhibit dates:
- Vanier Catholic Secondary School September 29 to October 22
- F.H. Collins Secondary School October 24 to November 19
- Porter Creek Secondary School November 21 to December 13.
Vanier Catholic Secondary School will host an open house for the public on Wednesday October 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dates for public access to the exhibition at additional schools will be announced as they are confirmed.