An exhibition on the life of tragic Jewish holocaust victim Anne Frank is running in Bradford’s Kala Sangam centre, and it is hoped it will help tackle modern day prejudices.
More than 120 students from ten secondary schools across the district are supporting a major project and exhibition on the teen, whose diary became one of the most popular books of the 20th century.
The Anne Frank [+ you] exhibition started on Wednesday and runs until April 10.
As part of the project, pupils are trained as Anne Frank ambassadors that will guide school parties and visitors around the exhibition.
The official launch night on Wednesday saw a drama piece by Tong High School’s Ignite Theatre Group Bradford Council’s Children’s Services Diversity and Cohesion team organised the exhibition and devised the education pack which follows the tragic experiences of Anne Frank but also looks to address human rights issues currently affecting Bradford’s student population.
Anne’s handwritten account of living in hiding from the Nazis before being caught and sent to a concentration camp is synonymous with prejudice across the world.
Some of the modern day examples of human rights issues included are that of Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for her calls for girls to get the same rights to education as boys.
Themes from the diary, such as racial hatred, war and conflict and the value of democracy and freedom are presented in the exhibition, along with filmed interviews with British teenagers discussing their concerns and hopes for the future.
A full-scale replica of the bedroom where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis for two years is also on display.
Coun Ralph Berry, Executive Member for Children’s Services said: “The Anne Frank story is an inspiration to us all and is a great opportunity for young people to visit the exhibition and see for themselves the importance of this story of respect for others”.
Alina Khan, diversity and cohesion school advisor at the council, said: “Each year we ask young people to choose what they stand up and speak about, after learning about the experiences of Anne Frank.
“Last year, students chose to address grooming and the effect that social media has on their day-to-day lives. This became the focus of the peer education activities this year.
“Student voice is probably the most powerful tool a school has, and to see it being used so effectively to address issues that really matter to young people is having a really profound impact.”