Today Dad, Russell Kerr was officially recognized with an OAM for his service to Education through Hands On Learning
Very fitting when the Governor, a former High Court Judge presenting Dad with his medal asked him about the work of Hands On Learning. She could appreciate better than most the important work Hands On Learning has done in re-engaging youth disenfranchised with school and their education. For 20 years plus Dad and his amazing team have been making a difference in the lives of young people that might of otherwise been excluded from society. Dad has always understood the importance of inclusion and provided a model that has been recognized globally for the role it plays in re-engaging youth that need to find belonging, a tribe, a place where they can make and do real things and serve others.
Tom, my youngest brother and Mum were able to be present at this ceremony, but my other two brothers, Dave and Ben are just as proud of what Dad has achieved through Hands on Learning.
I’ve just participated in a RELEARN Festival that was broadcast from Barcelona these past 2 weeks. Many spoke of the need for “Micro Schools” – Schools within Schools. Hands On Learning could not be a better example of this and we’ll see many more programs adopted I’m sure by schools that recognize an increased need for inclusion and equity.
The OECD recently reported that education systems that demonstrate equity and that are more inclusive do better.
I know my Grandfather, also coincidentally, a recipient of an OAM would be looking down on this recognition of Dad’s with great pride.
Isaac Newton in 1675 said: “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”
I think of my Dad, my Grandfather, my chairman of RTL, Lister Hannah and feel a deep sense of gratitude for the example they have set and their passion to make a difference through their work. Thank you for your collective contribution past and present.
Great work Dad!