Message from the Chairman
The horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York on September 11th 2001, to me and millions of people around the world seem like yesterday. We all remember exactly where we were on that terrible day: the day that changed our world.
But no child at school anywhere in the world today was even born. They are growing up in a since 9/11 world.
Research shows that many young people have confused ideas about the events surrounding 9/11, often getting their information from conspiracy theories on the internet.
Clearly education has never been more important, with schools and their students having faced and continuing to face extraordinary challenges during the pandemic.
Ten years ago on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 we unveiled the monumental WTC steel Public Artwork ‘Since 9/11’ - today permanently sited in the Olympic Park - and launched the education charity that is SINCE 9/11.
In partnership with the world ranked No 1 UCL Institute of Education, we developed the acclaimed SINCE 9/11 Education Programme - free resources for all UK secondary schools. Today the programmes are downloaded many thousands of times a year.
On September 11th 2018 we launched the first phase of our new Primary Schools programme following the SINCE 9/11 National Schools Education Conference in Birmingham in January 2017 where teachers told us they also needed resources for younger children, with the emphasis on tolerance and respect for all faiths and religions.
SINCE 9/11 teaches students the events, causes and consequences of 9/11 and subsequent terror attacks, from whichever distorted ideology they come - from the white supremacist terror attacks on the mosques in Christchurch and the Pittsburgh synagogue - to the Islamist terrorist’s attack on Fishmongers Hall - in an attempt through education, to ensure there will not be similar atrocities - and looking to a more peaceful and harmonious future.
On September 11th we are holding the SINCE 9/11 20th Anniversary Event ‘We Stand Together’ in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park London .
Hosted by Dan Snow, key note speakers include the Prime Minister, Sir Simon Schama, Sir Anthony Seldon, Dame Sally Coates, Sara Khan and leading educationalists.
Earlier that week, on Tuesday 6th September, the UCL Institute of Education will be launching their national schools research report - ‘Addressing Extremism in the Classroom’- commissioned by SINCE 9/11
For further information about both the anniversary event and the report please contact email@example.com
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