We “must do more than teach young people what happened; they must also open new spaces for dialogue about how what happened related to young people’s experiences today. These spaces must help young people develop critical thinking skills, the courage to question, and models of nonviolent engagement—all foundations of a culture of human rights.” Memorialization and Democracy: State Policy and Civic Action by Sebastian Brett, Louis Bickford, Liz Sevcenko, and Marcella Rios. New York: The International Center for Transitional Justice, 2008.
“What is important is to build a space for dialogue. . . . to face the challenge in using memory to build bridges between people but also to raise issues of social justice. When we construct sites we should also remember that this is when the conversation really begins.” Yasmin Sooka from the Foreword, Memory to Action: A Toolkit for Memorialization in Post-Conflict Societies by Ereshnee Naidu with contributions from Bix Gabriel and Mofidul Hoque. New York: International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, 2011/2012.