The Story of Simon

Core features of the practice

  • Organisation:

    Institution name: Kazerne Dossin
    Institution type: Museum
    Institution URL:
  • Format:

    Workshop, Exhibition, Instructional material
  • Target population:

  • Cost (per practice):

    10-50 euros
  • Setting:

    No specific setting required
  • Themes:

    Remembrance education and/or history education, Antisemitism, Racism, Human rights/discrimination, Teaching and learning methods/guidelines
  • Core activities:

    Group discussion, Creative activity, Testimonial

Additional information about the practice

    Target population

  • Number of participants:

    Up to 14
  • Age of target population:

    6-10 years
  • Additional specifics:

    Other:, for 5th and 6th graders up till 25 /group
  • Components of the practice

  • Topics and objectives:

    The story of 11-year-old Simon, who managed to escape from the deportation train, is the central character of the visit. A guide introduces you to Simon. Who was he? When did he live? Where did he live? Then, you find out more about Simon's story in small groups. That is how you put together your own exhibition. After that, the guide takes you on a walk in and around the museum and Memorial, and this is followed by a brief evaluation and time to reflect on different themes: Refugees, Jewish identity, war, exclusion, freedom, resistance, rights of children, commemoration.
  • Materials used:

    Written or other published material, Audiovisual material, Craft supplies
    Link to the material:
  • Material produced:

    Creation of new exhibitions on the topics of refugees, Jewish identity, war, exclusion, freedom, resistance, rights of children, commemoration.
  • Sequence of activities - methodology:

  • Length of activity:

    Up to 5 hours
  • Is the activity digital?:

  • Accessibility and replicability

  • Language(s) in which activity can be delivered:

    Dutch, French
  • Is specialist knowledge or professional training required?:

  • If yes, which type?:

    Formal educational training and/or certification

Qualitative Details

  • Has this practice been evaluated?

  • How many times?:

  • By whom?:

  • By what means?:

    Emotion cards
  • Core content knowledge and transferable skills:

    Linking past and present - critical thinking on several topics (refugees, Jewish identity, war, exclusion, freedom, resistance, rights of children, commemoration).
  • Indicators of success:

    The translation of difficult topics ( WWII, anti-semitism, discrimination, refugees ... ) for a young audience
  • Educational coordinator contact details:

    Name: Anne-Sophie Vanvyve
    Email address:


The RETHINK project is concerned with bridging formal and informal education. This section explores the factors that make a practice adaptable.

  • Key factors for successful implementation:

    Pre-knowledge of the audience
  • Main challenges to teachers adapting this practice for their students:

    Knowing how to handle controversy in the class room
  • Availability of guidance/training/replication materials (and in what language/format currently):

    A preparatory lesson is available on the website of Kazerne Dossin
  • Other comments or details: