IN SEARCH OF INSPIRATION
On Saturday, October 19, we organized another edition of a nationwide training seminar for teachers. The theme of the meeting was the comic book "Freedom Bread" published this year by the Museum. The event was attended by 70 educators from all over Poland. The participants were teachers specializing in history and social studies, Polish language and foreign languages, but also librarians, science teachers or tour guides.
The starting point for the meeting was to get acquainted with the area of the former concentration camp and the biographies of some of the prisoners and perpetrators. Then, through the multimedia presentation 'Historia Majdanka na kartach komiksu' (History of Majdanek in a comic book), teachers had the opportunity to learn how to tell people about KL Lublin by means of a drawing. Because of the participation in classes based on the content of the comic book, the teachers familiarized themselves with this modern and non-standard educational tool.
"I was looking forward to this training seminar, which I consider very useful. Transferring knowledge about the most tragic events of the 20th century is necessary. Not only should we focus on the past but also on the future. On the future generations. [...] I think we should use materials such as a comic book. This is a part of the post-memory discourse, which is more readable for young people. The publication gives you a lot of educational opportunities, makes a great impression, makes you reflect and be willing to explore further," says a Polish language teacher.
During the discussion that summarized the meeting, the participants tried to answer the question whether the comic book may be an inspiration to learn about the history of the concentration camp and the fate of prisoners, bearing in mind trends changing among young people. The importance of using new tools in education is mentioned by one of the teachers participating in the training: "I work in a special school, so sharing historical knowledge, which is difficult for the students, in the form of a comic book is the most accurate solution. It will help me convey some facts to the students in an easier way. What was also helpful to me, was developing and sharing the tips on how to work with a comic book. We have to recognize the signs of the future and realize that we have to use such unconventional methods to work effectively with young people. I will definitely use this comic book in class."
Participants also emphasized the high value of the training itself: "The training was conducted in a professional way. Educational materials were very interesting. I work with the so-called difficult youth. I've decided to take part in this training because I was looking for new methods and forms of work regarding the subject of extermination. I was not disappointed. I think that a comic book is a great tool to help me at work. After the training I am full of enthusiasm and hope that I will interest young people in this subject by using the comic book. I look forward to the next training. There is no doubt that I will be a regular participant. Thank you."