This exciting new partnership was officially launched at Bearsden Academy on Wednesday 12 September
Primary 7 pupils from St Andrews Primary and Balmuildy Primary schools in East Dunbartonshire joined Provost Una Walker and Mr Gordon Currie, Head of Education to take part in an exciting educational event at Bearsden Academy to promote equality for all. Young people were treated to a carousel of engaging workshops which considered the dangers of racism and sectarianism and presented an opportunity for the young people to offer their views on these topical and pertinent issues.
The event organised by Show Racism the Red Card and Linda McKenna, Corporate Development and Research, East Dunbartonshire Council will mark the beginning of a brand new Partnership between Show Racism the Red Card and the local authority.
Show Racism the Red Card ex-professional football coaches, Jim Duffy – Current Clyde Manager, Derek Ferguson – ex-Rangers FC and Radio Scotland commentator, Paul DiGiacomo – Current Airdrie Unt Forward and Steven Bell – recent Dunfermline FC Defender were also present on the day.
This partnership will see Show Racism the Red Card’s Community Education team and current and ex-professional football coaches visiting East Dunbartonshire schools over the next year and delivering important educational workshops on the subjects of anti-racism and anti-sectarianism. In addition to this a programme of Continuing Professional Development training, tackling racism and promoting race equality will be targeted at educational professionals throughout the local authority over the current school year.
Provost Una Walker said: "There is absolutely no place for any form of discrimination, racism or sectarianism in East Dunbartonshire and the Council is committed to tackling these issues at every level, so that our young people and residents can realise their full potential.
“This partnership marks an exciting move towards delivering a programme of education and information to our young people aimed directly at addressing the issues of racism and bigotry that unfortunately still exist in Scottish society.”
Dee Kinning, Education Coordinator for Show Racism the Red Card said: “The Campaign is hugely excited about entering into its first ever partnership with East Dunbartonshire council. The local authority has a clear commitment to promoting equality and human rights and Show Racism the Red Card is pleased to join East Dunbartonshire on this journey by meeting and working with its young people and teachers.”
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