Young ambassadors ready for Anne Frank exhibition!Published Wednesday, 27th January 2016
Young people from schools across Rotherham are getting behind a major new exhibition on the life of Anne Frank.
The renowned Anne Frank and You exhibition will be coming to the Gallery at Riverside House from 17 February and local schools are doing their bit to get involved.
Seventy “young ambassadors” from schools across Rotherham are being trained to carry out tours of the exhibition and tell people the background of Anne’s story.
The Anne Frank Trust, which has provided the exhibition, has visited seven Rotherham secondary schools to provide training to year 8 and 9 pupils who had volunteered to be ambassadors.
Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Gordon Watson, said: "I am delighted that this major exhibition is coming to Rotherham and it links in with what we are doing to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, with this year’s theme of ‘Don’t Stand By.’
"It’s great to see the young ambassadors from our local schools getting involved with the exhibition and I hope that all the young people - and adults - who go along next month are inspired by Anne’s moving story."
Moneeb Malik, (13), one of the young ambassadors from Oakwood High School, said: "This has been a great experience for us - we had to teach Herringthorpe Junior School pupils, which was a pleasure to do.
"I hope we get to do this again and would like to say a big thank you to the Anne Frank Trust for giving up their time and coming to Oakwood High School to teach us about Anne Frank so we could pass on the knowledge we had learned to other students."
The exhibition draws on themes from Anne Frank’s diary, such as racial hatred and the value of freedom, as well as exploring more recent issues around tolerance and cultural identity against the backdrop of Anne’s story.
It also includes poignant personal photos of Anne and her sister, replica artefacts from Anne’s life and displays of more recent issues of identity and prejudice such as the civil rights movement in the USA and the story of Malala Yousafzai.
The exhibition follows on from Rotherham’s events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27) and runs from 17 February until 30 March 2016. It will be open to primary school visits during term time and to members of the public outside of school hours.
There is no charge for admission. For Riverside Library opening hours, go to the web pages.