International Conference on Education and the Holocaust
About the International Conference on Education and the Holocaust
The International Conference on Education and the Holocaust (ICEH) is a joint initiative of UNESCO and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that seeks to globally advance the institutionalization of education about the Holocaust and genocide in locally relevant ways that contribute to peaceful and sustainable societies.
Designed as a bi-annual capacity building initiative, the ICEH supports and promotes the efforts of local education leaders from countries where education about the Holocaust and genocide may be further developed. Each ICEH starts with a weeklong conference that brings together policymakers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers and educators to provide them with the knowledge, tools and pedagogical methods to develop their own projects, tailored to their national context. These projects are implemented during the second project phase.
Through the ICEH, UNESCO and the USHMM aim to contribute towards the objectives of global citizenship education (GCED) to equip learners with the knowledge skills and competences that allow them to become critical thinkers and active and responsible global citizens. UNESCO’s work on GCED is guided by the Education 2030 Agenda and Framework for Action, notably Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4 on Education).
The 2015 ICEH
The first ICEH took place from in 25 September – 2 October 2015 in Washington, DC . The conference gathered educational stakeholders from Chile, Hungary, India, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Republic of Korea, Rwanda and Turkey and led to the development of nine country projects and a bi-national national initiative (between Mexico and Chile).
The projects subsequently implemented by the country teams have collectively reached over 2,700 learners with the support of 44 different partner organizations, with some projects attaining international media coverage.
Six participants from Chile, Mexico, Turkey, Hungary, India, and Namibia were recognized for their commitment to Holocaust education and given “fellowships” to return to the USHMM in 2016 for 2-3 weeks to strengthen their project planning and implementation.
For more information about each of the 2015 country team projects please see the 2015-2017 Achievements and Updates Report and the ICEH 2015 Newsletters:
The 2017 ICEH
The second ICEH took place from 4-8 December 2017 in Washington DC and brought together 26 participants from 10 countries. The 2017 ICEH cohort comprises a diverse group of education stakeholders, including academics, government officials and education policy-makers and leaders of civil society organizations from Argentina, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, South Africa, Tunisia and Ukraine.
During the conference, they were supported by experts from UNESCO, Canada and the United States of America as well as participants from the 2015 ICEH from Chile, India and Mexico.
The conference ultimately led to the development of 10 country-specific initiatives.