Pupils have been learning important lessons about prejudice and discrimination in the run-up to Holocaust Memorial Day.

Young people from Highfield Leadership Academy and nearby Waterloo Primary School have been taking part in workshops as part of a special education project run by the Anne Frank Trust.

The workshops focused on an exhibition that was put up in the school which detailed the rise of the Nazis and the tragic consequences this had for Anne and her family.

Pupils were taught how to present key facts about the exhibition and went on to act as peer guides to help others learn about the Holocaust.

Jonathan Mckee, North West Project Officer for the Anne Frank Trust, said:

“The pupils at Highfield have been wonderful. They have become real experts in this exhibition. By taking part in this work they have helped Anne’s story and the lessons we can learn from her life get out into the community. We hope that by continuing to tell Anne’s story to young people, we can empower them to confront discrimination and prejudice and that they will help contribute to a more tolerant society.”

Joanne Thompson, Lead Practitioner for Pupil and Community Engagement at Highfield Leadership Academy said:

“We are very grateful to Jonathan and the Anne Frank Trust for helping us to communicate these important messages to our pupils. It is only by remembering these important lessons that we can ensure that we never have to live through such dark times again.”

The Anne Frank Trust project has taken place as part of the school’s work towards commemorating the millions of people who have lost their lives to genocide as part of Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27.