In the light of growing prejudices, antisemitism, racism and xenophobia currently being felt throughout Europe, improving mutual cooperation and greater engagement for the promotion and protection of fundamental rights is crucial. This project sought to collect a wide range of educational programmes and approaches which have been developed as a part of remembrance education and to facilitate their dissemination in order to help educators to deal with sensitive and controversial issues and enhance students’ critical thinking. Taking the Holocaust or other mass atrocities or conflicts as a starting point, students reflect on the construction and consequences of prejudices, conspiracy theories, etc., both throughout history and today. They also reflect on the role of images and discourses and are encouraged to question sources and their reliability.
As a result, RETHINK addressed the identified challenge of mobilizing our society against intolerance and hatred by enriching the EU’s approach to memory education and to the development of critical thinking skills and media literacy through the upscaling and wide dissemination of recognised good practices in the field.
These policy recommendations aim to support and help teachers and educators in their education efforts to enhance media literacy and critical thinking skills of their students in close collaboration with other partners such as museums and memorials and to overcome the challenge of dealing with controversial issues in their classrooms.rethink-policy-recommendation-en