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Holocaust Memorial Day 2016: Don't Stand By

‘HMD is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented’ (HMD website, January 2016)

International Human Rights Day

International Human Rights Day - 10 December

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted on 10 December 1948. The date has since served to mark Human Rights Day worldwide. This is a specific day every year when Citizenship teachers have a clear route to help their pupils explore many different aspects of human rights. ACT has every December provided high quality advice and guidance regarding IHRD and this year we are taking the opportunity to again draw attention to the importance of teaching about human rights issues.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) has taken place in the UK since 2001, with a UK event and over 2,000 local activities taking place on or around 27 January each year. This date marks the liberation in 1945 of Auschwitz death camp in Poland from Nazi forces by Russian forces  in the final months of the Second World War. The UK played a leading role in establishing HMD as an international day of commemoration in 2000, when 46 governments signed the Stockholm Declaration.

The new teaching requirements for Citizenship - a subject and also more than a subject

On September 11th 2013, Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education confirmed to Parliament that Citizenship will continue as a key subject in secondary schools through its inclusion in the new newly published National Curriculum to be taught from September 2014. The decision shows there is continued cross-party political support for Citizenship.

The Signs That Travel

How might Citizenship teachers react to the recent Home Office campaign regarding what the Home Office is calling "immigration offenders"?


Firstly, if the language used is defamatory, inflammatory or discriminatory and undermines social justice and human rights then Citizenship teachers would be feeling very uncomfortable about the campaign that the Home Office has been running. Where the law on residency has been infringed then government has a right and duty to uphold the law. It is how it chooses to do this that promotes controversy.


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