Promoting Tolerance through Learning
With Polish roots and a Norwegian upbringing, Oliwia wanted her high school, Sykkylven videregående skole, to expand its understanding of Poland beyond Auschwitz and Wieliczka. She believed that learning about Polish culture, history, and society could foster tolerance and combat anti-discrimination. Oliwia hoped that Poland could be presented not only in a historical context but also highlight its present day culture. Here ideas formed a platform for students in Poland and Norway to share their experiences and learn from each other.
Student Meetings and Discussions
A total of 27 students from Norway, seven students from Poland, and three Norwegian teachers participated in the ensuing study trip. The students gathered to discuss human rights, anti-discrimination and social inclusion.
A Comprehensive Learning Program
Together with the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation, a comprehensive itinerary was planned for the trip to Poland. The Norwegian students were introduced to Polish history, attended dance classes and walking tours, wrote articles, and celebrate Christmas at the Migrant Info Point in Kraków. They also visited a Jewish Museum and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. Needless to say, this was a big improvement on the originally planned trip.
The “Inspire Poland” project aimed at bringing students together from across borders to learn from each other and each other’s cultures. Thereby, together breaking down prejudices and misunderstandings.