KAWARTHA LAKES-Students at Fenelon Falls Secondary school got a lesson in humanity on Wednesday. The Tour for Humanity bus is a state of the art, mobile, human rights classroom, teaching students the consequences of hate, both from a global perspective and a Canadian perspective, while promoting discussion on how to create positive change in the world.
The experience is funded by The Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies. Wiesenthal is a Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life to documenting the crimes of the Holocaust and to ensuring that the perpetrators of those crimes were brought to justice.
The 45 minute presentation is made inside a specially designed bus that tours the country. It took ten people and five months to build the 44 square foot bus. It contains 12 – 55” commercial LED LCD screens, HD surround sound with 3 speakers and sub woofer, LED lighting,an Night-vision security camera and camera feeds and 30 specialized self-folding permanent seats.
The Tour for Humanity was designed to engage Canadians of all ages and backgrounds in discussions on freedom, democracy, and human rights. Discussions on events of the past, links to relevant current events, and stories of hope and inspiration are all part of the experience according to the website.
An experienced facilitator introduces the content and leads follow-up discussions. It features engaging, relevant video content produced by an organization boasting two Academy Awards and is used to introduce students to human rights abuses in our world today. Programming that is linked directly to Ontario Ministry of Education Expectations at the elementary and secondary levels.
Since it’s launch in 2013 the Tour for Humanity has visited more than 300 schools and 60,000 students across the Province.