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UNIC Lagos develops Holocaust Word Search Puzzle

scan0001The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos has developed a ‘Word Search Puzzle’ on the film, ‘The Path to Nazi Genocide’ to aid the understanding of the film and reinforce the key lessons learnt from the briefing on the holocaust.

Developed by Ms Abiola Bashorun, an intern with UNIC Lagos, the Word Search Puzzle aims at ensuring a long-term memory retention of Holocaust key words by the students as well as making teaching and learning interactive and interesting. The puzzle features key words such as Holocaust, Genocide, Nazi, Jews, Fuhrer, Austria, Germany, Annihilation, Disabled and Adolf Hitler, among others.Crosswords Puzzle group work.jpg1

Engaging the students after the screening of the film, Ms Bashorun summarised the story of the Holocaust using the key words and asked each of the five schools present to nominate five representatives to work together and figure out the puzzles. All the schools got the puzzles 100% but they finished at different time.

Demonstrating their excitement and deep involvement in the exercise, many of the students indicated to answer questions posed to test their understanding of Holocaust programme.

Ms Bashorun, a Post-Graduate student of Psychology, University of Lagos, said she was pleased by the response and level of involvement of all the students. ‘They seemed to have huge interest in the Holocaust story,’ she added.

 

UNIC Lagos remembers Holocaust, reaffirms faith in human dignity

Director speaksIn continuation of its activities marking the 2016 the International Day of Commemoration In Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, in conjunction with Education District VI of the Lagos State Ministry of Education held a students’ briefing session and film screening on 27th January, 2016.

Attended by the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Her Excellency Dr. Idiat Adebule who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of Education in Lagos State, Mrs Ariyo; the Tutor General/ Permanent Secretary for District VI, Mrs Abimbola Anifowoshe; and other dignitaries including representatives of NGOs and the media, the briefing noted that the 2016 theme, “The Holocaust and Human Dignity”, links Holocaust remembrance with the founding principles of the United Nations and reaffirms faith in the dignity and worth of every person that is highlighted in the United Nations Charter, as well as the right to live free from discrimination and with equal protection under the law that is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Delivering the message of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion, the Director of UNIC Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja, noted that “TDirector and Dep Gov Rephe Holocaust was a colossal crime. No-one can deny the evidence that it happened,” he explained that “By remembering the victims and honouring the courage of the survivors and those who assisted and liberated them, we annually renew our resolve to prevent such atrocities and reject the hateful mentality that allows them.

The Secretary-General urged everyone to denounce political and religious ideologies that set people against people. “Let us all speak out against anti-Semitism and attacks against religious, ethnic or other groups. Let us create a world where dignity is respected, diversity is celebrated, and peace is permanent.” He added.

Cross-sectionIn her speech, Deputy Governor Dr. Adebule appealed to the audience to celebrate the day as a symbol and expression of respect for human dignity. she advised “everyone irrespective of colour, religious, political or ideological leaning must learn to love and freely associate, respect the worth of human life”. Dr Adebule concluded with a plea that everyone should make the world a better place through dialogue, understanding, cooperation, tolerance and reconciliation.

Welcoming the audience, the Tutor General and Permanent Secretary of Lagos Education District VI, Mrs Abimbola Anifowoshe, called on Non-Governmental Organizations and Government Agencies to do everything within their power to promote love and respect for human dignity.

The Principal of Babs Fafunwa Millennium Senior Grammar School, Mrs Adebola Kolawole, in her closing remarks, spoke strongly against all forms of injustices which affect right to life, dignity of human person and all forms of abuses and discrimination which violates fundamental human rights principles.

To drive home the understanding of the Holocaust, after screening the film, ‘The Path To Nazi Genocide’, students were arranged in groups according to their schools, to resolve the ‘Holocaust Word Search Puzzle’ developed by Ms Abiola Bashorun, an intern with UNIC Lagos. They all did well with some achieving 100% completion.

The observance was attended by about 300 people of whom over 200 were students.

Emotions flow as UNIC Lagos screens Holocaust film and exhibits posters

holocaust - Director 1‘A picture is worth more than a thousand words’, goes a popular idiom. The import of this saying manifested on Wednesday 26 January 2016, when scores of students and a few adults went emotional after watching the Holocaust film, ‘The Path To Nazi Genocide’ and afterwards taken round the Holocaust Posters Exhibition.

This was during the Day-One of the 2016 observance of the International Day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the holocaust organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos and Education District III of the Lagos State Ministry of Education.

Attended by 140 participants comprising of 111 students from 5 different secondary schools; 12 NGOs representatives and 5 representatives of media organisations and 12 others, the film screening and Poster exhibition started with a briefing session. Speaking, the Tutor General and Permanent Secretary of Education District III represented by Mr Dele Obaba, a Director in the District, advised the students to stand-up in support of Human Dignity and stay away from political and social prejudice.

Delivering the message of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Director of UNIC Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja noted that with this year’s theme, “the Holocaust and Human Dignity”, the UN links Holocaust remembrance with the founding principles of the United Nations, as expressed in the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  ‘As we do, we are reminded of our shared obligation to assure everyone the right to live free from discrimination and with equal protection under the law,’ he added.

Contributing during the interactive session that succeeded the film screening, the Health Prefect of Ireti Senior Grammar School, Miss Dorathy Onaji, became emotional when she observed that ‘Adolf Hitler manipulated the whole country and spearheaded the killing of about 6 million Jews.

Curating the Poster Exhibition, the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, explained the good life enjoyed by the Jews in the pre-war Europe; the persecution, the state-orchestrated discrimination, the final solution according to Nazi Germany; the end of the Holocaust and the birth of the UN as well as the efforts of the UN in ensuring that the events that led to the Holocaust never happens again anywhere in the world.

UNIC unveils ‘world’s largest straw-mat’ to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

In continuation of the activities marking the 2015 International Day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the holocaust, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, in partnership with Femi Arts Warehouse, unveiled what is probably the world’s largest straw-mat showing the world map and messages of the Holocaust Remembrance.

The Straw-mat with UNIC Lagos National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun addressing the students

The Straw-mat with UNIC Lagos National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun addressing the students

Measuring 47ft. x 35 ft. and spread at the premises of UNIC Lagos, the straw-mat made of tropical natural grass provided a guide to hundreds of students and teachers who gathered to observe the Holocaust Remembrance Day as they took a tour.
Guiding the students, the National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun, urged them to avoid hatred and hate remarks against people due to differences in tribes, languages, gender, geographical locations or physical and mental abilities. He pinpointed the location of Germany on the mat and got some of the students to read to the audience, the inscribed messages which included few of the Secretary General’s quotations on the Holocaust. .
A message of the Holocaust Remembrance on the mat.

A message of the Holocaust Remembrance on the mat.


The messages and quotations included: ‘We remind the world of the lessons to be learnt from the Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide’; ‘Holocaust… Never Again!’; My hope is that our generation, and those to come, will summon that same sense of collective purpose to prevent such horror from happening again anywhere, to anyone or any group, and build a world of equality for all – Ban Ki-moon’; Denying historical facts, especially on such an important subject as the Holocaust, is just not acceptable… – Ban Ki-moon’ and ‘Approximately 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators’; among others.Straw mat message
‘I have really learnt a lot about the Holocaust today. It was a horrible event. God forbids a reoccurrence’, observed Miss Mabel Akpokwe (16 years) of New Era Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Surulere Lagos.
The straw-mat would be handed over to the management of the National Museum for safe storage and management.
Speaking, the Director of Femi Arts Warehouse, Mr Femi Coker, encouraged the students to develop interest in documenting and learning from history.

Students commit themselves to ending cycle of hatred and discrimination as UNIC Lagos marks Holocaust Remembrance

Over six hundred and fifty students from fifteen secondary schools in Lagos Nigeria have gathered to observe the 2015 International Day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the holocaust and unanimously echoed, ‘Holocaust…Never Again’. Capturing the mood of the students after watching the film, “Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald” were Miss Miracle Mackson (16 years) of Gbaja Girls High School, Surulere Lagos who said, “I can’t believe the testimonies of the holocaust. Very sad experience. I will say ‘No to terrorism and genocide’ till I die;” and Mr Tubosun Ogunyomi (16 years) of Sunglee Formation Schools, Ajah Lagos, who added, “I will never be involved in anything that brings hatred or discrimination anywhere I find myself.”

Holocaust Remembrance rally forms figure '70'

Holocaust Remembrance rally forms figure ’70’


The 2015 Holocaust Remembrance, organized by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in partnership with Ojodu Junior Grammar School, Lagos Education District VI, kicked off on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 with a public awareness rally in Lagos involving students, media and NGO partners as well as participatory briefing sessions.
Inspired by the theme “Liberty, Life and the Legacy of the Holocaust Survivors,” the 2015 Holocaust Remembrance coincides with the two milestone events: the 70th anniversary of the Second World War’s end and the founding of the United Nations. This prompted the UNIC Lagos rally audience clad in holocaust branded blue T-shirts to creatively formed the figure, ‘70’ before hitting the street with drums and trumpets and songs calling public attention to the horror of the holocaust.
Public Awareness rally in Lagos to mark the Holocaust Remembrance

Public Awareness rally in Lagos to mark the Holocaust Remembrance


Wednesday, 28 January 2015 marks the continuation of the Holocaust Remembrance as UNIC Lagos joined the Department of Public Information, New York, in screening the documentary film, “Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald” to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945). The film showing and discussion in New York was held in the Dag Hammarjskjöld Library Auditorium and at Lagos Nigeria, in the Library Auditorium of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Ikoyi.
UNIC Lagos National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun delivers the Secretary General's message

UNIC Lagos National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun delivers the Secretary General’s message


The film highlights the lives of four men who were imprisoned as boys in the Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar, Germany and return in April 2010 to commemorate the sixty-fifth anniversary of the camp’s liberation in 1945. The film tells the story of how the communist-led underground created a children’s block – block 66 – in the camp to help protect the Jewish teenage boys who were arriving in large numbers in 1944 near the end of the war. The film’s executive producer, Steven Moskoѵic, is the son of Alex Moskoѵic, one of the four Holocaust survivors featured in the film. The other three men are Naftali-Duro Furst, Pavel Kohn and Israel-Laszlo Lazlar.Saying Never Again
In his message on the occasion, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon called the ‘We must redouble our efforts to eradicate the deep roots of hatred and intolerance.’ The message which was delivered on his behalf by the National Information officer of UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, added that people everywhere must unite to stop the cycles of discord and build a world of inclusion and mutual respect.
CROSS-SECTION 1Welcoming the guests to the event, the Principal of Ojodu Junior Grammar School, Mrs Adebola Kolawole commended the United Nations for partnering with Education District VI of the Lagos State Ministry of Education. She pledged her continued support of programmes that would better the life of her students.
At the event were President of Women Arise, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin; the President of United Nations of Youth (UNOY), Prince Goodluck Obi; the Secretary General of the United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN), Engineer Owolabi Ganiyu; Executive Director of Educare Trust, Ms Shade Bebatoum-Young; Executive Director of Child Health Advocacy Initiative (CHAI), Mrs Alonge, Director, Femi Arts Warehouse, Mr Femi Coker, among others.CROSS-SECTION

UNIC Lagos joins the world to remember victims of the holocaust

Nigeria joined the rest of the world yesterday, 27 January 2014, to mark the International Day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the holocaust, as the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, organized an Awareness Road Walk, Poster Exhibitions and Film Screening to remind Nigerians of the lessons of the holocaust and prevent any future act of genocide.Holocaust - Awareness walk 3,
The activities which attracted over 300 participants started in the morning with an awareness-raising road walk involving students, teachers, Civil Society Organisations, the Police, the media, and the Emergency First Aids Team of the Nigerian Red Cross Society. The march was livened up by rich repertoire of solidarity songs, which members of the public applauded with glee. It lasted one hour and covered six streets in Surulere area of Lagos State, South-west Nigeria. SONY DSC
Continuing the activities of the Day, the National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun, opened the Poster Exhibition with a background information and later explained the creative concept of each poster on display. A total of 20 Posters were exhibited. SONY DSC
The Day’s event got to the climax when the film, ‘The Path to Nazi Genocide’ started rolling and the hall became silent but for the voice of the film’s narrator. Expectedly, horrific actions of the Nazis elicited from the audience, heavy outbreaths and murmurs of shock. The interactive forum that followed enabled the students to express their disgust about the genocide of that period. A student participant summarized his opinion, ‘Genocide is a horrible thing…it should never happen again’.Holocaust - mounted posters 2
“We must be ever vigilant against bigotry, extremist ideologies, communal tensions and discrimination against minorities. And we must teach our children well.” The Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon said in a message read by UNIC Lagos National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun, “Let us join forces today on a shared journey to a world of equality and dignity for all.”
To set the mood for the film screening, the students of Fountain Heights Secondary School also staged a play on the Nazi reign of terror and the liberation by the allied forces.