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HET gets £1.5m

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-04-18

Auschwitz

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The Government is to commit £250,000 a year over three years to support the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).

Matching this, The Pears Foundation will also contribute the same amount over the three years to help the HET with its teacher training programmes.

The move confirms the Government commitment to dealing with anti-Semitism and educating children about the Holocaust.

"Any suggestion that the Holocaust will be dropped from the curriculum is nonsense.  This will not happen," said Chancellor Gordon Brown. "Today I am announcing a new fund to be administered by the Holocaust Educational Trust to work with a variety of agencies and teachers to ensure that teachers in difficult circumstances are adequately equipped with the training and resources."

The HET said the investment into education by the Government and The Pears Foundation is much welcomed.

"We are deeply grateful to Gordon Brown for his personal commitment to this cause and for his recognition of HET and our work," said HET chief executive Karen Pollock. "This groundbreaking commitment to Holocaust education by the Government and The Pears Foundation will enable HET to administer a broad programme of teacher training. We look forward to working with partner organisations on this important initiative."