Jewish Cultural Heritage project 2013-2017

>Read more about the project "Jewish cultural heritage. Polish-Norwegian bilateral activities in 2017" supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the Norway and EEA Grants and co-financed by the Polish funds.

Jewish Cultural Heritage 2013-2017

To recover the past and shape the future is the educational mission of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Our wide array of educa­tional programmes is now reaching youth, edu­cators, specialists, and the general public across the globe mostly thanks to a €4.3 million grant from the Norway and EEA Grants.

The grant supported the Jewish Cultural Herit­age outreach programme from September 2013 until April 2017. The programme was carried out in cooperation with the following Norwegian in­stitutions: the Centre for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities, the European Werge­land Centre, the Falstad Centre, and the Jewish museums of Oslo and Trondheim.

The main goals of the programme were to re­cover and transmit the legacy of Polish Jews through education, based on the belief that ex­posure to the rich and dramatic history of Polish Jews provides more than knowledge of history: it inculcates respect for people from different eth­nic and religious backgrounds, strengthens the resolve to fight xenophobia, and prepares young people for life in today’s diverse society.

During the 32 months of project implementation so far, from September 2013 to April 2016 (with the project end date in April 2017), 3000 educational activities have been organized, with 435,000 participants in 240 localities across Poland and Norway, and there have been 4,600,000 Internet user sessions and 500,000 views of our educational films.

POLIN Museum has won many prestigious, inter­national awards, including the European Museum of the Year Award in 2016 and the European Museum Academy Prize. Both juries highlighted POLIN Museum’s outstanding educational and outreach programs. The Jewish Cultural Heritage project has been awarded by the European Com­mission and Europa Nostra with the 2017 Euro­pean Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards.

Impact studies confirm the high quality of the ac­tivities carried out as part of the programme. As many as 82% of 1251 students surveyed declared that they gained new or deepened prior knowl­edge during the workshops they attended; 90% of surveyed teachers who visited the museum with their students said that they would like to visit again; teachers in focus groups emphasized that they can teach relevant parts of their curric­ulum more effectively; participants of the Faces of Diversity adult education programme graded its quality as excellent (4.67 points out of 5).

Supported from the Norway and EEA Grants by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
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Communication and Evaluation Department is responsible for informational and promotional activities related to the Jewish Cultural Heritage program. Contact: Karol Kwiatkowski, [email protected]