These manuals are the result of an intense team effort. Anne Frank House (Amsterdam), Kazerne Dossin (Mechelen, Belgium) and Polin (Warsaw) worked closely together to develop the methodologies, and more than 200 teachers from Belgium, Poland and the Netherlands were involved in trying them out. You will encounter brand new tools and methods that have already proved their effectiveness in many educational contexts.
Two different objectives run as a common thread through the manuals. First objective is understanding and preventing discrimination. Students gain more insight in how our identities are multilayered, but how we often reduce our kaleidoscopical identities to just one label (´black’, ‘woman’, ‘Jew’, ‘gay’, ‘muslim’, …). They understand how our human need for clearness and simplicity can lead to stereotypes or bias with each of these labels (“All women cry easily”), and how these biases can turn into prejudice (“Naya is a woman, so I’m sure she cries a lot”) and eventually into discrimination (“I refuse to work with Naya”). Awareness on how the mechanism works, will be an important step in preventing the slippery slope towards discriminatory behavior.
The second objective is reacting to discrimination. The manuals offer – often implicitly – tools to stand up against discrimination. What to say? What to do? Which steps are there? Students need to reflect together on these questions in order to develop their own strategies. Practical exercises empower teachers and students to develop their anti-discrimination skills.
Since not all students have the same needs, we made a division between three different age groups. There are two manuals for the age group 10 till 12, two for the age group 13 till 15 and two for the groups between 16 till 18 years old.