King Mohammed VI of Morocco has ordered to incorporate Holocaust studies into the country’s education system.
The reports said that the decision was made while the monarch was attending the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York last week and that Mohammed sent word to Education Minister Said Amzazi, saying Holocaust studies must be included in the country’s high school curriculum.
“The history we teach our children must include a pluralistic variety of opinions and stories. It must present humanity’s greatest moments, as well as its darkest moments,” the report quoted a statement by the king. “Education has the power to fight against discrimination and racism, as well as the ugly phenomenon of antisemitism.”
UNESCO director Audrey Azoulay, the daughter of one of Mohammed’s chief advisers, Andre Azoulay, welcomed the move.
“To address antisemitism, it is to defend the equal dignity for all human beings,” Azoulay tweeted. “Education is the best tool to prevent all forms of discrimination.”