To celebrate 10 years of NESMP, Show Racism the Red Card host an anti-racist educational event for young people across the North East.
School pupils from across the North East joined Show Racism the Red Card for a day of anti-racist activities at the prestigious venue The Sage, Gateshead. The event was a celebration of 10 years of the North East Strategic Migration Partnership (NESMP) who work to support and give advice to asylum seekers, refused asylum seekers, new refugees and migrants.
The day began with a carousel of workshops. SRtRC ran workshops on stereotyping, the journey of an asylum seeker to Britain and a World Cup themed workshop ran by the SRtRC ex-professional footballers. The fourth workshop was an exciting project ran by RT Projects; the young people had the opportunity to get creative and collectively produce an anti-racist piece of art with messages for refugees coming to the North East. The artwork was then put on display at Newcastle Civic Centre and the official 10 year celebration day of NESMP.
After lunch the audience gathered to watch the SRtRC film, A Safe Place. A film combating the myths around asylum seekers and refugees with real life experiences from young refugees. Following the film the young people got the chance to ask a panel of ex-professional footballers, Dean Gordon, Curtis Fleming and Olivier Bernard their questions on racism and anti-racism.
The 4 best questions won SRtRC prizes. Tyler asked the panel: "Did you suffer from any racism on the football pitch?". Somiya's questions was: "Is racism everywhere?" and Anton asked: "What do you think is the worst type of racism?". But the top prize went to Claudia for asking: "Did you feel confident when someone was racist to you?".
The whole day was a fantastic celebration of diversity in the North East and everyone left with SRtRC goody bags and signed copies of the England World Cup 2010 and Newcastle United FC posters.