STUDENTS turned to one of the darkest moment’s in world history to teach others about the horrors of discrimination.
During the past year, pupils at Farringdon Community Sports College have been working with the Anne Frank Organisation, as part of its ambassador programme.
Following this the Allendale Road school was invited to host the exhibition, which looks not only at the life of Anne Frank, but also puts her story into historical context looking at the development of the Nazi Party and the Holocaust.
The exhibition also addresses issues that are relevant in today’s society, teaching pupils about stereotyping, discrimination, friendship, acceptance and tolerance.
In total, 35 pupils at Farringdon trained to become Anne Frank Ambassadors.
Their role throughout the week of the exhibition was to lead visitors and their peers around the exhibition, explaining the information and highlighting key points.
The exhibition was also opened up to the community for an evening.
It was attended by Rwandan genocide survivor Musa Hassan Ali, who gave a talk about his experiences.
Howard Kemp, headteacher at the Sunderland school, said all the ambassador pupils were excellent role models throughout the event.
He added: “It is so important for this young generation to try and comprehend the enormity of the Holocaust and of subsequent genocides.
“If our generation has been unable to learn tolerance, sensitivity and understanding of different cultures then maybe their’s will.
“I am immensely proud of the students who acted as guides for this exhibition.
“They are true ambassadors, not just for our school but for young people in general.”