A PIONEERING project to tackle discrimination by teaching youngsters about the Holocaust has been given a cash boost.
The Anne Frank Trust UK has been granted more than £750,000 to expand its programme across Sunderland, Durham and other parts of the region.
The organisation has already worked with Wearside schools, including training pupils to be ambassadors at Farringdon Community Sports College.
Students are trained to be exhibition guides, taking visitors on a tour about the life of Anne Frank, the development of the Nazi Party and the Holocaust.
By teaching the children about the horrors of the Second World War, the project aims to tackle prejudice and prevent a move towards hate-related offending.
Gillian Warner, Anne Frank Trust executive director, said: “We have been working in the North East for a few years but we have been given this grant to expand our work. So far, it has been very successful and that grant will help us to continue our work and work with more young people in the area.”
Youngsters take part in a two-week programme of workshops on identity, diversity and human rights, which includes a talk from a Holocaust survivor.
The cash injection came from the Big Lottery Fund as part of a handout of £25million to 25 projects across the UK that aim to steer thousands of youngsters away from lives of crime.
Last year, 35 pupils at Farringdon Community Sports College trained to become Anne Frank ambassadors.