Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Hannah.


Hello! I'm Hannah, 

I'm FYFT's resident intern and this is my first FYFT blog. I became involved with FYFT when they visited my school piloting their lesson plans. After taking part in their amazing resources, I was ridiculously keen to be a part of what FYFT were doing. I begged them to take me under their wing and here I am; hoping to help change the world, one blog at a time (I'm taking baby steps, okay?)

Before I had met FYFT I had taken part in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lesson From Auschwitz programme (LFA). The project involves four steps - an orientation seminar (where you hear a testimony from a Holocaust survivor), a day trip to Poland (visiting Oświęcim, Auschwitz I and Auschwitz-Birkenau), a follow up seminar (allowing you to reflect on your trip with other participants and plan the final step of the project) and your 'Next Steps' (you and your partner's plans to pass on what you've learnt from the project onto others). 

During the trip I realised that everyone had a different way of coping with the experience. My own experience was that I shared all my thoughts with a couple of people who I became really good friends with over the course of the project (Beth and Connor, if you're reading this - which you better be because I'll probably have been posting the link to it everywhere - then hi!) and I cried, quite a bit more than I thought I would. I didn't expect to be as affected by the experience as I was.

I never thought passing on what I had learnt would become such an important part of my life. It's difficult to convey just how powerful or emotional those experiences are through the medium of blogging. I learnt a lot about the Holocaust through my experience on the LFA Project, but the most important thing that I learnt is that there are too many of us who haven't learnt from the Holocaust - prejudice and discrimination are still huge problems in our society today, in the forms of religious discrimination, racism, sexism, homophobia (or discrimination against other sexual orientations or gender identities), ableism (regarding both physical and mental disability) discrimination for political beliefs. sound familiar? These were all practices of the Nazis during the Holocaust. These were the foundations on which mass persecution was built on. It has happened before, what is to stop it happening again? That's where the work of FYFT (and other organisations) comes in! It is through educating others about the effects of prejudice and discrimination and recognising that we still have a massive problem with them both that will allow us to ensure we do not repeat history. 

But like I said, baby steps - there are small measures we can all take in the fight against prejudice and bigotry, from challenging oppressive language in everyday situations to sharing interesting stories that highlight our society's problem with discrimination. I can't wait to work with FYFT and help make a positive difference to the world!

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." - Anne Frank

She's right, y'know.

Me!


Me with Ben, Janine and Grant of FYFT.


Having a chat with Janine and Grant at HET's drink reception at Scottish Parliament.

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