Birmingham schools Get Together on Jo Cox’s birthday
Students from CORE Education Trust are forming a new Civic Alliance out of their Great Get Together today with children from across the city.
Over 76 students from thirteen different schools across Birmingham will get together to remember Jo Cox and make pledges to help build stronger communities on what would have been her 44th birthday.
The event is part of the nationwide Great Get Together held annually in memory of the murdered MP, Jo Cox, who was killed in her West Yorkshire constituency two years ago.
City Academy Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2EF
10.00 – 12.00, Friday 22nd June
Over 500 schools across the country will be holding special assemblies organised by The Great Get Together to celebrate and study Jo’s belief that ‘we all have more in common than that which divides us’.
Adrian Packer CBE, Founder and CEO of CORE Education Trust in Birmingham, said:
“CORE Education Trust is committed to the power of collaboration. The ‘Great Get Together’ is a fantastic opportunity to bring together young people from across the whole city to work collaboratively with a common aim.
“This year, CORE Education Trust will be embracing the ‘Great Get Together’ as part of the Echo Eternal project set up in partnership with the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation www.echoeternal.uk
“Young people from across twelve Birmingham schools will collaborate on civic campaigns with a simple objective to ‘make positive change through difference’. Ultimately, the aim is for each of the school pairings to form a ‘Civic Alliance’ and to continue their collaborative campaigning long into the future.”
Kim Leadbeater, Jo Cox’s sister, said:
“For me personally some of the highlights of last year’s Great Get Together were at schools around the country. We visited a variety of primary and secondary schools that held assemblies, cake bakes and concerts. It was a joy to see the children so enthusiastic about coming up with ideas for making our communities better.
“It’s fantastic to see even more schools in Birmingham getting involved this month. Having worked in education myself I believe passionately in the role it can play in shaping young people for the future, which is a huge part of creating the kinder world Jo believed in.”
Education Secretary, Damian Hinds MP, welcomed the initiative saying:
“As Jo Cox said in her maiden speech to parliament, there is more that unites us than divides us in society – this is something that it is important for all children to understand. Values – such as fairness, tolerance and respect – help knit our communities together, and I know education has a huge role to play in helping children understand their importance.”