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Schoolchildren from across the north-east are set 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 2013 will take place on Wednesday, June 12 at Cineworld, Union Square, Aberdeen.

The award scheme, which is again being supported by Aberdeen-based commercial and office cleaning specialist, CSG, celebrates diversity, equality and human rights.

This year the GREC Anne Frank Awards has attracted a record number of entries from schools across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray – with 45 separate submissions received and around 600 schoolchildren taking part.

Steve Roberts, awards co-ordinator at GREC, said: “It’s been a record year for entries to the Anne Frank Awards.

“We are delighted by the standard and we’re all looking forward to the awards ceremony on June 12.

“We believe that one of the factors behind the significantly increased number of entries is the removal of the competitive element to the scheme.”

The ceremony will showcase a selection of entries from schools with all age groups represented from early primary years through to senior secondary.

Additionally, all film and PowerPoint entries will be broadcast on Cineworld’s large screen.

All participating pupils will receive a GREC Anne Frank Awards certificate for their efforts, while after the ceremony the GREC Anne Frank Awards statue will commence a tour of schools, selected for the quality and commitment of their entries to the scheme.

Calum Johnston, commercial director at awards supporter CSG, said: “We’re delighted to again be celebrating the excellent work being done to promote diversity in schools throughout the north-east. I’m sure all the children involved will thoroughly enjoy the occasion.”

The GREC Anne Frank Awards is 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 84th birthday on June 12, 2013 had she not died in a concentration camp, aged just 15 years.

The initiative 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.

Last year’s event was won by pupils and staff from Meldrum Academy, whose winning entry, entitled Embracing Diversity,comprised written work, posters and research into many aspects of diversity and tolerance which has been embedded in the school’s culture.

In addition to CSG, the scheme is also being supported by Celebration Cake Shop, Cineworld, Union Square, Scottish Fire and Rescue and TTS Group.