Echo #1 - Jewellery Quarter Academy
Inspired by the testimony of Zigi Shipper
Supported by Stans Cafe
Echo #2 - City Academy
Inspired by the testimony of Maurice Blik
Supported by Autin Dance Company
Echo #3 - City Academy Birmingham
Inspired by the testimony of Agnes Kaposi
Supported by Free Radical
Echo #4 - King David Primary School
Inspired by the testimony of Lilit Pohlmann
Supported by Suriya Aisha and Jabez Walsh
Echo #5 - Nansen Primary School Inspired
by the testimony of Marcel Ainsfield
Supported by Mandy Ross

The Project


Echo Eternal is a commemorative arts, media and civic engagement project delivered in schools for children of all ages, inspired by the testimony of British survivors of the Holocaust. The testimony was captured by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation - UKHMF. The project is underpinned by CORE Education Trust's track record in bringing together diverse communities in a collaborative context, in this case with a common focus of Holocaust memorial and genocide awareness. This focus is supported by the creation of collaborative civic alliances between schools with different social and cultural characteristics.

The Echo Eternal pilot commenced in Birmingham on Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 and is currently a live project in 12 schools- 6 CORE Education Schools and 6 Partner Schools. The project will run for a further 2 calendar years across the West Midlands- 2019 and 2020 - continuing in the 6 CORE Schools and introducing another 12 new schools (6 each year) before being launched in 6 London Schools in 2021 ahead of the new national memorial being built in the gardens of parliament in 2022.

The project is delivered through 4 strands: Artistic; Education; Media; Civic Engagement.

Artistic

Each month, 1 of the participating schools works with an artist in residence for a period of approx. 10 days. Each school is gifted testimony from one of the 112 survivor interviews captured by Natasha Kaplinsky for UKHMF in 2015. This testimony becomes the inspiration for the school’s response through an artistic expression, which is conceived and delivered by the pupils, forming one of a series of survivor "echoes".

The culmination of the project in year 1 will be a celebratory Echo Eternal Festival with artistic contributions from all 12 schools on Holocaust Memorial Day 2019, shared with their families and communities.

Education

Each of the Echo Eternal participating schools benefits from a series of training events led by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education. Each school is further supported by CORE Education Trust to develop counter prejudice narratives in response to survivor testimony and to develop pupils' critical thinking. The project's educational focus complements the learning objectives of UKHMF:

  1. Knowledge of the historical facts
  2. Appreciation of roles and responsibilities
  3. Applying the lessons of the Holocaust to subsequent genocides
  4. Recognising the humanity of the victims
  5. Promoting tolerance and respect

Each school is encouraged to consider applying to become a UCL Beacon School and to secure accreditation as a Refugee Welcome School from the NASUWT. To further raise the profile of Holocaust education for students, each school will also be connected with existing established Holocaust education providers.

Media

Each participating school works with a film maker to produce a permanent record of their artistic responses and to capture their civic pledges (see below). This involves making a 3 minute film beginning and ending with the words of the survivor. The schools use social media and technology to share their project experiences with other participating schools and stakeholders.

Civic Engagement

During their artistic residency, each school contemplates a range of civic pledges, with the goal of impacting positive societal change. These pledges are inspired by the testimony from the survivors. Each school forms a civic alliance with one of the other Echo Eternal schools, inspired by the Great Get Together event in memory of Jo Cox. This element of the project focuses more on countering prejudice and hate crime. The civic alliances will continue to develop into the future as part of the project's legacy.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation (UKHMF) was set up in 2015 to implement the recommendations of the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission, ensuring that the memory of the Holocaust and its lessons are preserved and remain current for future generations. Alongside its programme to record and preserve the testimony of Holocaust survivors, UKHMF is leading the creation of a new national Holocaust Memorial and accompanying education centre – next to the Palace of Westminster. The Centre will contextualise the Memorial above and use the stories and facts of the Holocaust to explore antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism, homophobia and other forms of hatred and prejudice in society today.

Schools

These are the twelve schools that are taking part in the Echo Eternal pilot.

Jewellery Quarter Academy

Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

View Echo Library

Central Academy

Birmingham

View Echo Library

City Academy Birmingham

Ladywood, Birmingham

View Echo Library

King David Primary School

Moseley, Birmingham

View Echo Library

Rockwood Academy

Alum Rock, Birmingham

City of Birmingham School (COBS)

Birmingham

King Edwards VI Five Ways

Bartley Green, Birmingham

Nansen Primary School

Alum Rock, Birmingham

View Echo Library

Nelson Mandela School

Sparkbrook, Birmingham

Nishkam High School

Hockley, Birmingham

Selly Oak Trust School

Selly Oak, Birmingham

Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School

Acocks Green, Birmingham

Arena Academy

Beeches Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B42 2PY

James Brindley School

Dovedale Centre, Perry Common Road, Birmingham, B23 7AT

The Artists

Vyka

Stan's Cafe

Autin Dance Theatre

Free Radical

Suriya Aishia/Jabez Walsh

Music and Spoken word

Mandy Ross

Poet and Visual artist

Sima Gonsai

Film Maker

Open Theatre

Theatre

Jo Loki

Visual Artist

The Production Team

Adrian Packer CBE

CEO CORE Education Trust

Cathy O'Driscoll

Director of Development and Compliance

Joanne Tyler

Chief Operating Officer CORE Education Trust

Saiqa Liaqat

Director of Academic Progress CORE Education Trust

Jack Press

Marketing & PR Assistant

Claire Marshall

Artistic Producer

Ayisha Ali

UCL CPD Coordinator

The Partners

Led by CORE Education Trust on behalf of the UKHMF

Supported By

UCL provides CPD training in Holocaust Education to all the schools involved in the Echo Eternal Project

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