On the 8th March 2019, CORE Education Trust CEO Adrian Packer CBE was awarded with the Leon Greenman Holocaust Education Award for Outstanding Artistic Interpretations during Royal Wootton Bassett Academy’s Empowering Young People To Change The World 2019 Gala.
Adrian was acknowledged for his work in creating the Echo Eternal project for the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation. The award was presented by Ruthanne Lenga from University College London’s Centre for Holocaust Education, Nicola Wetherall MBE and Tim Kiddell CBE in memory of British-born Holocaust Survivor and anti-fascism campaigner Leon Greenman. This recognition follows Echo Eternal’s first annual exhibition and commemorative performance that took place at the Library of Birmingham and Birmingham Town Hall in January this year, which showcased the creative work undertaken by students across 12 Birmingham schools during the project’s pilot year in 2018.
The Gala was part of Royal Wootton Bassett Academy’s annual teacher conference titled Empowering Young People To Change The World, run in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for Education to support teachers with strategies and approaches to teach challenging topics such as Genocide.
Echo Eternal’s Cathy O’Driscoll delivered a keynote presentation to close out the first day of the conference. She explained details of the project’s successes so far and explained how it has used an innovative take on arts, media and civic engagement to pay commemorative tribute to the survivors.
Adrian Packer CBE said: “CORE Education Trust created Echo Eternal because we recognise the positive effect the arts can have on a child’s confidence, attitude to learning and their life beyond formal education. The project supports the development of resilience, tolerance, empathy and emotional intelligence.
Most importantly, Echo Eternal allows students to pay tribute to Holocaust survivors’ testimonies. I was very pleased to receive this award on behalf of CORE Education Trust and particularly honoured that it is in Leon Greenman’s memory- he was an extraordinary man and a perfect role model to future generations.”