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PROJECT Alice Windebank and Tess Barrows of Oaklands Catholic School with some of the buttons and the plans for the memorial
PROJECT Alice Windebank and Tess Barrows of Oaklands Catholic School with some of the buttons and the plans for the memorial
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They come in dribs and drabs, and sometimes all at once, but every one of these buttons is important to students at one school.

Almost half a million of them have been sent to Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville to create a memorial which reminds people of atrocities like the Nazi Holocaust.

Teacher Mugeni Sumba took up the idea after his students persuaded him.

They were inspired after they watched a film where youngsters built a monument out of 30 million paper clips to commemorate those killed in the Holocaust.

Mr Sumba says: ‘The students really are the brains behind it. The project is about human diversity, which the Holocaust took away. People weren’t seen as people.’

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