Posted by John Naples-Campbell on 29th January 2010
I have had the privilege of working with a variety of Secondary and Primary Schools across East Lothian Council in the past 6 months on the first ever East Lothian Council Holocaust Memorial Day Event.
After coming back from Amsterdam (see earlier post) I really felt that we needed to show everyone what amazing work we do here in East Lothian Council on Holocaust Education. After being supported by my Head Teacher I approached the Head of Education to run the event, a few discussions later we had secured help from Lesley Smith at the Brunton Theatre and Rebecca Spillane’s help at the East Lothian Diversity Network, had I bitten off more than I could chew?
Approaching the schools was easy and I was amazed at how many schools wanted to be involved, this was a Curriculum for Excellence and I very much wanted it to be about the pupils of the region leaving a Legacy of Hope.
The HMD 2010 event took place on the 27th Jan and was an amazing evening of testimony, media, dance, drama, reflection, poetry and hope.
We were lucky to have the Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning open the event with a speech about Scotland and the Holocaust and we were truly honoured to have Rwandan Survivor Jean-Pierre Mugenga speak about his story and his legacy of hope. I have to admit it was Jean-Pierre’s story that made me ask.. have we actually achieved anything if the world can sit back and watch as Genocide happens across the world? He closed his speech by saying ‘We said never again and it happened, maybe now with these students so engaged in what they are doing, they can be our legacy of hope so it doesn’t happen again’
The event was a testimony to the hard work by our staff and pupil of East Lothian Council in Holocaust Education – to show to the world that we can make a difference. The pupils on stage that evening were incredible and I would like to take this time to thank everyone who came but also to the staff and pupils of
Law Primary School
St Mary’s Primary School
Prestonpans Infant School
King’s Meadow Primary School
Musselburgh Grammar School
Ross High School
And the Arts Service at The Brunton Theatre.
It has been wonderful to work with you.