College exhibition champions changing attitudes

Cheshire College – South & West recently hosted an exhibition dedicated to the life and times of Anne Frank.

The exhibition ran for four weeks, split between the College’s Crewe and Ellesmere Port Campuses. Open to students and external visitors, the exhibition showcased Anne Frank’s powerful life story and diary to evoke discussions surrounding prejudice and discrimination.

Participation and Learner Services Manager at Cheshire College – South & West, Joanne Stewart, commented: “We were delighted to work in partnership with The Anne Frank Trust to hold this exhibition, providing our learners with some valuable lessons, which will hopefully stay with them beyond their time with us.

“The Anne Frank Trust provide a wonderful opportunity to engage with the story of Anne and the atrocities of the Second World War, to subsequently make connections with what happens around the world today in terms of human rights and tolerance.”

The ultimate aim of this exhibition was to empower young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination. Hence, in addition to the exhibition, a number of workshops were held where students were able to discuss in more detail the issues this has raised.

In Ellesmere Port, Travel and Tourism learners were also trained to lead visitors around the different parts of the exhibition, providing invaluable work experience.

Joanne went on to say: “As an organisation, we are fiercely against any form of prejudice and discrimination and having the Anne Frank Exhibition is just one example of the way in which we work with our students to help them understand the issues.

“Students involved with the exhibition did a fantastic job and we are very hopeful that we can repeat this event in the coming years.”