We wanted to send you an update on the school resources section of the Genocide Memorial Day website, update you regarding the winners of the GMD poetry competition and give details of this year’s competition. 

New lesson plans and resources

We have added a further 13 lesson plans this month, including a seven lesson course on Genocide for 14-16 year olds. All of these lessons can be used as stand alone or in combination with each other. Others include resources for younger children discussing steps towards genocide through awareness raising around issues like racism, discrimination and otherisation using picture books. This includes the book Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti and Ian McEwan.  There is a multi-subject / age range two lesson plan pack on Remembering the Bosnian Genocide.  Finally, there is a history, performance and literature related lesson plan for ages 14-16+ on the Legacy of Enslavement, looking at memory, trauma and the reframing of narratives by the hitherto voiceless.  

All of these resources are also available under the Genocide Memorial Day author account on the TES resources site. We will be adding more this week so please look out for them.  In addition, we have links to relevant documentaries, films, essays, poems, posters and books.  We have a discount of 15% available for small orders of those items stocked by the IHRC Bookshop.  Please use the code BOOKS4SCHOOL at the checkout.  If you want to make a larger order and get a larger discount, please contact the bookshop directly on shop@ihrc.org.

2019 Poetry Competition winners.

We are delighted to announce that winners of this year’s competition.  We had a significantly higher number of entries. The judging panel this year were veteran peace campaigner and vice president of CND and Pax Christi, Bruce Kent; poet and artist Ibrahim Sincere; poet Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan aka The Brown Hijabi and IHRC’s Ahmed Uddin.  They awarded extra second and third prizes and marked several out as highly commended [info redacted]

We were delighted to have two of the winners join us on Sunday at the GMD event in London.

The winning entries will go live on our website later this week. A compilation of all winning entries since 2012 will be published in a small anthology later this year.

We also had an overwhelming response to our schools’ competition. Oakwood Park Grammar School in Maidstone won the main prize, a screening of the IHRC film Forgotten Genocide and Q and A with the film’s writer and director, journalist Assed Baig. Al-Rida school in Dewsbury came a close second in This so we have arranged a second screening and Q and A with the film’s producer Arzu Merali.

Details of the 2020 poetry competition.

The deadline for submissions this year is 1st December 2019. Winners will be announced on or around GMD 2020 which will be on January 19. Terms and conditions will be posted to our site soon. Please get in touch in the meantime if you have any queries on gmd@ihrc.org.

The videos of this year’s GMD event in London will be live soon. A link to this year’s event in Brussels can be found here.

Hoping to continue this project with your support and feedback.

With prayers and peace,

Genocide Memorial Day Team