Created by the Institute of Education at the University of London, the website is designed to be used across the secondary curriculum through subjects including English, history, art, citizenship and religious education.
The educational program is the brainchild of Peter Rosengard, chairman of the 911 London Project.
After reading a newspaper article mentioning that 2,000 recovered pieces of the twin towers were being kept in a giant hangar at John F. Kennedy International Airport, he thought London might get a piece to create a memorial.
Mr. Rosengard texted the mayor and, to his surprise, Mr. Johnson texted back immediately: “YES!!!”
A survey conducted by Mr. Rosengard’s organization found widespread ignorance of the attacks among schoolchildren.
One child said, “September 11? Wasn’t that retaliation for Afghanistan?”
Another thought the attacks were “about trade.”
Sept. 11 wasn’t being taught in any school because teachers didn’t know how to teach it, but 90 percent of those surveyed said they want to include it in their lesson plans.
“Our program is about telling young people ages 11 to 16 what happened - its causes, its consequences,” said Mr. Rosengard. “Children have to understand that it wasn’t a video game. It could have been their mums, their dads, their brother or sister murdered by terrorists.”