Building peace in the minds of men and women

Education about the Holocaust and genocide - Reviewing curricula and textbooks

UNESCO works with the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research to provide education stakeholders with recommendations for the development of curricula and textbooks, so as to ensure that materials available provide educators with quality directive.

The International status of education about the Holocaust: A global mapping of textbooks and curricula, published in 2015, compared representations of the Holocaust in curricula and textbooks worldwide, covering 272 curricula in 135 countries and 86 history and social science textbooks in 28 countries of all regions. The study provides background information about the quality and contents of education materials dealing with the Holocaust, and about some of the most common shortcomings in terms of historical accuracy or conceptual and narrative inflections.

Recommendations resulting from the study are available in all United Nations languages: EnglishFrenchSpanishArabicChineseRussian.