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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Winnipeg students learn about 'unknown' Ukrainian genocide aboard mobile classroom |

"Mobile classroom teaches students about Holodomor genocide, extermination by hunger" continues CBC.

The Holodomor Mobile Classroom can fit 33 students at once and has an 8½-metre long video wall inside that plays historical programming about the genocide. 
Photo: (CBC)

A group of Winnipeg students just got a chance to learn about an "unknown" Ukrainian genocide in an interactive classroom on wheels.

The 12-metre-long Holodomor Mobile Classroom rolled up to Sisler High School Tuesday. Students from two history classes were invited inside the mobile learning centre, where they took part in an hour-long interactive lesson about the Holodomor genocide, or extermination by hunger.

"It's 'unknown' in the fact that it's been covered up, it's been denied and it hasn't been recognized throughout the world," said Roma Dzerowicz, executive director of the tour.

"Our goal is to create awareness amongst Canadians of the Holodomor, and at the same time bringing to light a genocide where people were killed for who they were.... In today's world, we do not stand for intolerance, injustices; we stand for democratic and human rights."

More than four million Ukrainians died during the famine between 1932 and 1933, according to the Canada Ukraine Foundation. The Holodomor genocide was engineered by Joseph Stalin to starve Ukrainians and crush the country's independence movement, the foundation says.

Inside the bus, students had a chance to follow lessons projected onto an 8½-metre long video wall while following along on iPads.