Students from Stoke on Trent College and the City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College got to explore the sights and sounds of Poland, a country steeped in history.
On Sunday 24th May, thirteen learners left for a 4 day visit to the Krakow, the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. The visit was part of “Challenge Poland”, a 12-week enrichment programme aimed at helping young people learn vital lessons from the past and become more aware of the tragic consequences that impacted the country under Hitler’s infamous dictatorship.
It is hoped young people will then take these experiences forward and help to make a positive difference in their own lives.
Whilst in Poland the students learnt about the history of Krakow with a particular focus on the Holocaust, which took place during World War 2. A walking tour of Krakow, a visit to the Oskar Schindler Museum, a guided tour of Wawel Castle and a tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps were all part of the fun-packed itinerary.
Sam Morrey, Student Liaison and Wider Activities Coordinator at Stok eon Trent College, said: “All students involved in the project had a fantastic time and several students said the project had changed the way they view the world and made them realise how lucky they are.”
Challenge Poland is one of the international educational programmes run by Stoke on Trent College and the City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College, which also includes Challenge South Africa and Challenge China.