Statement on Holocaust Education in the UK

In response to recent media reports and email chains suggesting that the UK Government is removing Holocaust education from the National Curriculum, the British Embassy released the following statement:

“The UK has not removed the Holocaust from its national curriculum and it remains a compulsory subject. The Holocaust has been on the National Curriculum since 1991. Holocaust education is a priority for the British government: While on a visit to Israel in December 2005, Chancellor Gordon Brown announced £1.5 million in support for the Holocaust Education Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Course for teachers and sixth form students. This funding enables the HET to send two students from every school in the UK to visit Auschwitz with the number of students participating in this scheme rising from 400 a year to 6000 a year.

In addition, Prime Minister Tony Blair personally established Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK in 2001. Britain played an important role in the adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution setting 27 January as International Holocaust Memorial Day.”

For more information, please visit the Web site of the Holocaust Education Trust.