Students from Gowerton and Bishop Gore schools visit Auschwitz to learn about the Holocaust
STUDENTS are to teach the horrors of the Holocaust to their peers after returning from a visit to Auschwitz.
Pupils from Gowerton and Bishop Gore schools joined others from across Wales on a trip to the Nazi concentration and death camps in Poland.
The visit was organised by the Holocaust Trust, which was set up to educate young people about the lessons to be learnt from the terrible event in history.
It's chief executive, Karen Pollock, said: "The Lessons from Auschwitz Project is such a vital part of our work because it gives students the chance to understand the dangers and potential effects of prejudice and racism today.
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The inspiring work students go on to do in their local communities demonstrates the importance of the visit."
Up to 200 students flew to Poland for the day trip to the Second World War death camp.
After learning about the atrocities which occurred, students will now become ambassadors for the trust and share their experiences with their schools and communities.
Among those on the trip were pupils from Gowerton and Bishop Gore schools, as well as from Coleg Sir Gâr, Amman Valley and Ysgol Gyfun Pantycelyn.
Bishop Gore year 13 pupil Aneesa Ali said: "Millions of people died in these camps, and going there made you understand that each of them had their own individual stories.
"Just by seeing the personal items helps to put everything in perspective. Now we will be going home telling people what we learnt."
Chris Pickard, of Gowerton school, added: "It was very powerful, and we have to take the lessons back with us."
The Holocaust Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz project, for students aged over 16, is now in its 14th year and has taken more than 18,000 students and teachers from across the UK to Auschwitz-Birkenau, as well as other guests.
In 2005 the Treasury announced it would provide £1.5 million to enable two students from every school and college in the UK to participate.
In 2012 the Welsh Government renewed it's commitment to the project, making £320,000 available over a three-year period. Students attend a seminar briefing before they fly out, when they hear from a camp survivor, and are invited to a seminar after they return to discuss their experiences.