Hillsborough education rule can ‘consign the lies and smears to the dustbin’ - MP Ian Byrne
The Hillsborough disaster is to be added to the school curriculum in Liverpool and is set to be extended across the entire Liverpool City Region.
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Every primary and secondary school in the city will mark the anniversary with a special assembly and have dedicated resources to learn more about the disaster.
Ian Byrne, MP for Liverpool West Derby, proposed the motion to councillors and it was passed this week to a standing ovation.
Speaking to LiverpoolWorld, Mr Byrne said: "We've got the Hillsborough Law going through Parliament, which is an absolutely key part of the legacy of Hillsborough. The education element is hugely important too.
“My job is to create a space for educators to come in and teach future generations of the real truth around Hillsborough and consign the lies and smears of the last 33 years to the dustbin. To ensure future generations do know the real truth."
National curriculum campaign
Mr Byrne proposed an early day motion to Parliament in November calling on the Government to include the Hillsborough disaster in the national curriculum.
Ecuating the next generation would ensure the events of that fateful day are not forgotten and that the ensuing miscarriage of justice is never repeated.
It received the support of 30 MPs.
The ‘Real Truth Legacy Project’
The 'Real Truth Legacy Project' is being created with significant input from families, survivors and leading Hillsborough campaigners.
They want a dedicated 'Hillsborough Day' in the Liverpool City Region to take place on the nearest Friday to the anniversary of the tragedy on 15 April each year.
Schools would take part in a special assembly to mark the anniversary and to learn more about the disaster, the cover-up and the fight for justice.
Mr Byrne goes on to say: "I've been in discussions with Steve Rotherham about the Liverpool City Region so that motion will be replicated throughout the region.
“We're hoping by the end of March it will have gone to all councils so that Liverpool City Region can commemorate Hillsborough day.
“It's a key part of the legacy - the families, survivors and campaign groups who I have spoken to feel the same way too."