From the classically arranged programmed described, today there is a marked trend towards more active and creative programmes that emphasise independent activity. In small groups led by a teacher, participants work on particular themes in the study rooms, in the exhibitions and in the field, presenting the results of their research at the end of the course. This approach is particularly interesting for children, especially as they themselves thereby contribute to the programme; they study prepared books, copies of documents, photographs or video sequences that easily introduce them to the fates of people who belonged to a nation that only a few decades ago was marked for destruction. Seminars for adults have undergone a similar development since they were first introduced in 1993, and these are now held primarily for teachers both from the Czech Republic and abroad. A new feature among the events offered in the year 2000 was a three-day seminar for teachers and educational staff held under the auspices of the Czech Ministry of Education. The programme entitled “How to teach the Holocaust” has also been prepared for 2001 by the Education department of the Terezín Memorial, in conjunction with the Cultural Centre of the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Museum of Romany Culture in Brno. Similar events for teachers are held every year at an international level, too.
Seminars for foreign school groups have been provided by the office of volunteers from Germany and Austria since 1993 as a part of the Terezin Memorial´s education department. At the Terezin Memorial there are currently two volunteers sent by Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (Germany) and Verein Gedenkdienst (Austria). The activity of the volunteers office consists in the organization of one-day and more-day educational programmes, especially for German-speaking groups.
Further information on the activities of the volunteer office and the process of the seminars, you can find at the external website of the volunteer office: