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Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 at Scottish Parliament sponsored by Educational Institute of Scotland

Lanterns will be shining brightly for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 at the Scottish Parliament in the Members’ Room on Thursday 25th January 2018 from 5.30-7.30 p.m. when Rudi Oppenheimer will share his remarkable story of survival as a Jewish child during the Holocaust. To coincide with and complement this event Firrhill High School’s Holocaust Remembrance Lanterns Display will be exhibited at Parliament during week beginning Monday 22nd January 2018. These lanterns were originally created for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017. 
Educational Institute of Scotland will be the main sponsor for this special event where 170 invited guests, including pupil representatives from all Edinburgh schools and many second-generation Holocaust survivors, will gather to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust. On HMD we can honour the survivors and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today. The largest crime ever committed took place in the modern world, in the heart of enlightened Western civilisation, perpetrated by otherwise ordinary, law-abiding citizens. We need to be continually alert to this fact. 

‘There is nothing we can do about the past, but we can do a lot about the present and the future, and it’s up to young people, the most important people in the world.’

‘Dangerous Women’ project

The University of Edinburgh’s ‘Dangerous Women’ project is curating 365 reflections on the question, "What does it mean to be a dangerous woman?”, between March 2016 and March 2017. Schools, colleges and universities may wish to encourage young people to participate in this project. The project is particularly keen to receive creative submissions, e.g. story, memoir, comic, video, image with accompanying text, etc., although text-based submissions will be considered. The content of the website may be of use to members in teaching across a range of subjects. More information here.

Domestic Abuse – EIS posters

The September 2016 reps bulletin included a set of three new EIS posters about domestic abuse, created by the EIS Equality Committee. These can be found here.

Domestic abuse can often impact on victims at work as well as at home, giving trade unions an important role to play in supporting members who experience this.  The new posters highlight the different manifestations of abuse and remind members of the EIS as a potential source of help and support, in addition to organisations such as Scottish Women’s Aid. To order additional sets of these posters please contact Ashley Gray. 

The EIS has previously issued guidance on Violence Against Women. This is available on the EIS website here. Hard copies can be obtained from Ashley Gray. Reps requiring any additional advice in supporting a member experiencing domestic abuse should contact the Local Association/Branch Secretary in the first instance.  

Re-Act Scotland 

Re-Act Scotland is a group of unpaid volunteers in Edinburgh, Fife and East Lothian operating a not for-profit international humanitarian aid project working to help bring vital supplies and support to the displaced refugees across Europe.

The group also aims to challenge the largely negative and often false information being spread through the mainstream media. Wishing to educate, to raise awareness and to support equality for all, because they believe that no person should be without access to basic human rights like shelter and warmth, and by collecting donations we can help improve these conditions.

For more information and ways to help please see website here

The Impact of Hunger on Children's Learning

The EIS continues to highlight the impact of hunger on children’s ability to learn and is preparing advice to members on how they can support young people in their establishment who are affected by hunger.

An increasing number of teachers in schools are receiving requests from parents for details of foodbanks within their local area.  To assist with this please see the following links for Edinburgh:

The Trussell Trust

The Basics Bank

Edinburgh Community Food

The map below gives information in relation to foodbank and citizens' advice services as at April 2015. The locations of all foodbanks including those managed by the Trussell Trust and Basics Banks are shown as red circles and the Edinburgh Community Food locations are shown as blue squares.

Foodbanks map

Scottish Teachers' Pensions Scheme

Changes to the Scottish Teachers' Pension Scheme came into effect from April 2015.  At a general meeting open to all members, held on 21 May 2015, EIS Assistant Secretary, Drew Morrice gave a presentation on the new pension scheme arrangements.  This presentation can be found here.

If there is sufficent demand, this meeting and presentation could be repeated.  Please contact the Local Association Office if this would be of interest to you.


Contact Information


Alison Murphy

Email: edinburghla@eis.org.uk


Edinburgh Local Association Office
The Educational Institute of Scotland,
46-48 Moray Place
Edinburgh, EH3 6BH

Tel: 0131 225 3474



Learning Representatives:

Bill Harris

Jim Pringle