Darwin High School Humanities teacher, Liam Phillips, has been selected for the 2017 Gandel Holocaust Studies Program for Australian Educators. Liam is one of only 35 teachers from around Australia to be selected. As part of the program, he will receive a fully funded scholarship to attend Holocaust education training at the Yad Vashem Centre for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem, Israel.
In January of 2017, Liam will fly to Israel for three weeks of intensive workshops. The program examines and investigates many facets of Holocaust education and participants have the opportunity to learn from, and interact with, leading historians and renowned experts on the Holocaust, as well as meeting and engaging with survivors.
The objective of the program is to ensure Holocaust education stays relevant and is kept at the forefront of appropriate education programs in Australia. Alumni of the program have an expectation to pass on their knowledge not only to their students, but other educators as well – so our whole school community will benefit from Liam’s participation.
Liam is excited to have been selected from several hundred applicants from across Australia.
Through this amazing opportunity offered to me, I will be able to develop new and engaging strategies and techniques to improve my classroom practice in educating my students on the Holocaust.
The Holocaust is a topic that is deeply poignant and affecting, but essential to study in the classroom. I am very much looking forward to being able to further develop my knowledge on the subject, and bring this back to students and educators in the NT, says Liam.