It is with deep, deep sadness that I inform you of Gerry German‘s passing. He died at 03.00 this morning of a heart attack at home. I am sure that, like me, you will be shocked at the suddenness of his death.
Gerry was a life-long campaigner for children’s education rights and an unwavering supporter of all our struggles. Having been a former headteacher and Principal Education Officer at the Community Relations Commission/Commission for Race Equality, he helped to establish the Working Group Against Racism in Children’s Resources and 13 years ago invited me and a couple others to join him in setting up the Communities Empowerment Network (CEN).
Over those 13 years, CEN has dealt with an average of 1,000 school exclusion cases per year, providing advocacy to school students and their parents and representing them at School Governors Disciplinary Committees and at Independent Appeals Panels. Each year, we have taken some deserving cases to Judicial Review and won most of them. Gerry remained the main case worker for CEN and its unpaid Director until yesterday. I am currently Chair of CEN for the second time, having been its Founding Chair.On Monday 30 April, Gerry introduced and made the closing remarks at a session at Lambeth Town Hall: The Power of Love – Spiritual Leader Dadi Janki (age 96) of the Brahma Kumaris in Conversation with Professor Gus John.
He was 84.
We give thanks for his extraordinary life and his giving and compassionate spirit.
Peace and Hope!
A tribute on Facebook
“Yellow Blooms” by Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton (Flickr)