Pupils from Peterhead’s Central School joined with hundreds of schoolchildren from across the north-east to mark the birthday of Anne Frank with an awards ceremony honouring her legacy.
Organised by Grampian Regional Equality Council (GREC), the Anne Frank Awards 2014 were held at Cineworld, Union Square in Aberdeen.
More than 200 pupils from schools across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray turned out to deliver a series of presentations focusing on diversity, equality and human rights.
The awards scheme, which was again supported by Aberdeen-based commercial and office cleaning specialist, CSG, attracted a large number of entries with around 500 schoolchildren taking part overall.
This year’s awards had a particular focus on children, as set out in the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). All participating pupils also received a GREC Anne Frank Awards certificate for their efforts, while the awards statue will be on display at Marischal College over the summer.
Alan Cowan, awards co-ordinator at GREC, said: “We were delighted with the high standard set by pupils of all ages, while everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the chance to see their work shown on the big screen. I’d personally like to thank all schools who took part this year and helped make the event such a success. Plans are already underway for next year.”
Alan Merchant, chairman of awards supporter CSG, said: “It proved to be a tremendous event once again and great credit should go to all the pupils who took part.
“Our company is pleased to continue our support of this worthwhile initiative, celebrating the first-class work done in north-east schools to promote diversity.”
The awards are an initiative encouraging schools to salute the moral courage of just one of millions who suffered as a result of Nazi persecution. Anne Frank would have celebrated her 85th birthday on June 12, 2014, had she not died in a concentration camp, aged just 15-years old.
It encourages primary and secondary pupils to contribute towards diversity awareness and equality in any number of ways – via artwork, poetry and drama or the production of DVDs and multimedia presentations, through to dance, cultural studies and awareness weeks.