Sustainable Development Goals x Anne Frank Educational Program

Aligned with Sustainable Development Goals, the Anne Frank Educational Program, implemented by the Plataforma Brasil Institute, based on the methodology of the Anne Frank House, has gained a prominent role worldwide with the work carried out in private and public schools (state and municipal) across the country.

Goal 4 – Quality education: Ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education, and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

This goal involves all educational levels, from early childhood to adulthood, and one of its goals is to ensure that education is viable for all, without gender discrimination.

The Anne Frank House has been promoting educational and cultural activities for more than four decades and has developed over the years a set of exhibitions and programs of the highest quality with great appeal to young people, in line with the latest ideas in the field of education.

The provision of educational environments (exhibitions, dialogues, workshops and training courses) for schools, with themes such as the promotion of mutual respect, democracy and the fight against discrimination and prejudice, brings children and young people the possibility of new perspectives inside and outside the classroom. In addition, it provides schools with the possibility to work across different contents, favouring, in these schools, the development of new practices, such as, for example, peer education, which encourages youth participation.

The Anne Frank Educational Program activities were developed for several age groups, with appropriate material and language for each age group. The methodology used awakens and calls young people and teenagers to action, making them the main protagonists of the activities. Peer education allows the training of critical, interactive and active monitors in the exhibition and who can encourage others to get involved as well. Participation, as exhibition guides, allows them to learn even more about the history of Anne Frank, her family and historical events, as well as develop their communication and dialogue skills and create environments for exchange and learning with the visiting public.

Goal 5 – Current discussions in society: gender equality. Thus, aiming at the eradication of all forms of violence against girls and women.

With the practice of peer education, the dialogues promoted by the Anne Frank Youth Network and the reflections proposed by the educational activities, we lead young people and the whole community to assume leading roles in the construction of a more just society.

With Anne Frank as a feminine reference of resilience, young people from all over the world are inspired by her courage, engaging them in an empowerment process with great female participation, giving voice and space to guarantee their rights. In this way, Anne Frank becomes a powerful example of the impact that a young woman is capable of generating.

Goal 10 – Inequalities Reduction.

It is important to highlight that when it comes to reducing inequalities, it is not just a matter of promoting a better distribution of income within nations or breaking the commercial privileges of wealthy nations in relation to the poorest.

Reducing inequalities is also strengthening ties between the people who occupy the planet’s territories, whether they are native or immigrant. Xenophobia is a serious problem, which causes several types of violence, and which causes many people to be marginalized and with fewer opportunities, just because they are from a different territory or ethnicity.

All the educational work of the Anne Frank House combats discrimination, racism and anti-Semitism and values dialogue, understanding and mutual respect. Based on the 3 Rs – Remember, Reflect and React, the history of Anne Frank shows the serious violations that can happen against humanity if we do not take care of our relationship with others on a daily basis.

The Anne Frank Youth Network brings together young people from different parts of the world and different social classes in a worldwide network of helpers, who work together to promote a society, which respects and honours human rights and guarantees essential freedoms for all.

Goal 11 – Sustainable cities and communities: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

The Plataforma Brasil Institute and the Anne Frank Educational Program work from an unprecedented model of local development that is composed of five movements: Approach, Connect, Undertake, Consolidate and Sustain.

This model begins with the recognition, appreciation and engagement of the people involved and gradually transforms the entire community in an articulated and motivated way to implement important social and ecological changes for their neighbourhood, municipality, region, country and planet.

Young people have a fundamental role in this process, as they are the protagonists of transformative changes and develop entrepreneurial skills, required to solve problems, positively impacting communities. They work in partnership with adults, involving different sectors, generations and cultures and thus contribute to sustainable cities and communities.

The Anne Frank Educational Program (AFEP) promotes experiences based on the culture of peace, multiculturalism and cross sector culture, in order to promote more peaceful, fair and inclusive societies. In addition, the empowerment of children and young people, many in vulnerable situations, and the learning opportunities offered by AFEP, allow them to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to explore opportunities and participate fully in society, exercising their rights and capabilities, fighting inequalities and contributing to the construction of social and sustainable development of communities.

The Program also promotes intercultural understanding, tolerance, mutual respect, social inclusion and an ethics of global citizenship and shared responsibility, recognising the importance of diversity and the contribution power of all people and cultures to sustainable development.

Goal 16 – Peace, justice and effective institutions: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

The Anne Frank Educational Program brings in its projects and activities the dissemination and promotion of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, based on the history that led to its construction.

In addition, we encourage non-discriminatory policies, with activities and actions that encourage mutual respect, the inclusion of all and the appreciation of diversity in partnership with companies, institutions and governments, in schools, universities and public spaces, on an increasing scale in Brazil (already counting 6 HUBs all over the country), making Anne Frank’s actions in Brazil one of the most impactful in the world within the international Anne Frank Network activities.

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