The Genocide Education Institute is designed to encourage teachers to teach their students about the lessons of genocide - the importance of tolerance, of upholding democracy and human rights, and of helping others in need - and to help prepare them to effectively and appropriately communicate those lessons in the classroom so that students can better reflect on the world that they live in and their role in it. Instructors for the Institute are among Canada's most renowned scholars and educators of genocide.
During the Institute, morning sessions focus on historical background, while afternoon sessions focus on pedagogy. Pedagogical sessions at the Institute are very "hands-on," with an emphasis on practical application in the classroom. In addition to studying with each other and their instructors, teachers at the Institute receive resources, including a teaching manual and key books to help them begin to build a personal library.