Children attending secondary school in September 2012 were not born at the time of the terrorist attacks on NY and Washington DC on September 11th 2001.
The creation and launch of the 9/11 Education Programme at the time of the tenth anniversary in September 2011, followed an extensive research period, in which teachers, students and educational experts took part in workshops, surveys, focus groups and meetings. The research, conducted on behalf of our education programme partners the Institute of Education, showed that student understanding of 9/11 was very limited, and that there was a need and a willingness to teach and learn about the events of 9/11, the causes and their consequences.
The Institute of Education developed a comprehensive set of resources in five subjects: Art & Design, English & Drama, History, RE and Citizenship. All these resources are freely available on the 9/11 Education Programme: www.911educationprogramme.co.uk
The Historical Association and the Religious Education Council of England and Wales have endorsed the history and RE sections of this website respectively. Furthermore, we have recently become a content partner of TES Teachers Resources. This relationship increases the exposure of the 9/11 Education Programme further than ever before.
9/11 is a critical subject. The consequences of the attack will reverberate around the world for many years to come. It is therefore vital that younger generations develop ideas and thoughts around the event. However, 9/11 is a complex subject to teach, and without a subject-specific curriculum in place, stereotypes, prejudices and confusion around the attack could develop amongst future generations of students who were not even alive at the time of 9/11.
Professor Chris Husbands Director of the Institute of Education, University of London
We have an obligation to young people around the world to provide them with a well-rounded education. To teach them how to live peacefully together with people of different cultures and traditions. The events of 9/11 have touched our hearts and make us remember that we are all part of humanity, if not, then what hope do we have for the future?”
Lee Ielpi, President of September 11th Families’ Association, US
The 9/11 Education Programme is both timely and crucial for our nation and the whole world.
Rt. Rev and Rt. Hon. The Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury on 9 /11