I discovered Voice of Witness books several years ago and have been reading them with great interest since.
Listening to first-hand accounts of stories that I thought I was familiar with has renewed my understanding of complex phenomena like human mobility or long-lasting conflicts. When reading on topics where I am not knowledgeable, VoW books offer me several entry points that prevent me from preconceived judgments and leave me with a somewhat holistic vision of the situation.
Sharing these resources with students through the Education Program is something I firmly believe in. I do hope that from the experience led in the United States best practices will be shared elsewhere and that a growing number of students will open their minds to complexity and oral history.
About the Education Program:
The Voice of Witness Education Program’s mission is to transform the way students see the world and their place within it.
Every day we help students engage with some of the most crucial issues of our time through stories told by the people directly impacted by them. Students who read the oral history books in our series hear from undocumented immigrants, refugees, and the wrongfully convicted, among many others whose voices are rarely heard. They discover unexpected moments of connection and develop a more nuanced understanding of the world around them. To foster these experiences, we support teachers with oral history training, books, lesson plans, and one-on-one curricular consulting.
With the Make History Campaign, our goal is to inspire more students—our next generation of leaders, teachers, history makers—to meaningfully engage with the world. We can achieve this by connecting them with important, unheard stories, and by empowering them to tell their own stories in their own voices.
Over the past five years, we've offered our services and resources for free to thousands of students and teachers around the U.S. who otherwise could not afford them. This would not be possible without the generous support of people like you, and we rely on your help to continue this work.
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