2016 Scholarship Recipients – Ramin Khodaie, Dean Haddad, Erika Hardman, Bruce Emmett, Suzanne Ujvari, Michael Luchka, Sandy Plamondon, Anne-Marie Jacob, Christopher Jacoby,Marie-Helene Laverdiere.
The CSYV Holocaust Scholarship Program for Canadian Educators
During the last 15 years, the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem has recruited and sent hundreds of Canadian educators to participate in a unique training seminar at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. The educators are each awarded a scholarship, funded by various Canadian donors, to cover the costs of the educators’ flights, accommodations and tuition for the three weeks of the seminar.
The CSYV is engaging Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies for their expertise in order to educate Canadian educators (both Jewish and non-Jewish) and equip them with the pedagogical tools to address and teach this sensitive topic in their classrooms and their communities across Canada.
The seminar is comprised of the following:
- Academic Component: takes participants through the history and culture of the Jewish people in the interwar period, the history of antisemitism, the stages of the Final Solution, and the Jewish response to the Nazi onslaught
- Pedagogical Component: provides participants with the tools to translate the academic content into suitable pedagogical materials that are multidisciplinary and age-appropriate for their students
- Experiential Component: includes meetings with Holocaust survivors whose testimonies document and personalize this tragic historical event, field trips that connect educators with both the recent history of the Jewish people and their ancient roots in the Land of Israel, and films and workshops that enhance both the historical and pedagogical components of the program
With the seminar taking place annually in July, CSYV begins the process of recruiting potential scholarship candidates, collecting pertinent information, interviewing the candidates, consulting with Yad Vashem, and selecting the scholarship recipients as early as October of the previous year.