Show Racism the Red Card empowers teachers to tackle racism
Show Racism the Red Card is delivering a series of teacher training events across England this academic year, on the theme of Combating Contemporary Racism.
The training days are designed to help educators to confidently engage with young people on the issues of racism and Islamophobia, enabling them to grow up free from the burdens of prejudice and hate. Schools are uniquely placed to provide young people with the knowledge and skills to help them identify, resist & combat racism when they meet it.
The first two events in this series of training days took place at Nottingham Forest and Everton football clubs. Both were fully booked with over 60 delegates at each! We were delighted to welcome Marilyn Harrop, National President of the National Union of Teachers to open the events.
In addition to Show Racism the Red Card workshops, delegates heard from Northampton University senior lecturer Dr Paul Jackson, who spoke about the current picture of Britain's 'New Far Right' social movement, with particular emphasis on the English Defence League (EDL) and the threat they pose to young people.
The workshops were lively and energetic, with delegates engaged in discussions about racism - learning about both preventative strategies and appropriate steps to take in dealing with incidents when they occur.
A teacher said, "[This event] has given me the confidence to challenge racist comments or behaviour. A valuable and thought-provoking day."
Another delegate told us, "The practical activity ideas were really useful, as were the opportunities for discussion in workshops. Today has really challenged my thinking and given me a better awareness of the importance of giving children an understanding of the issue of racism. Thank you!"
Former professional footballers Paul Mortimer and Anwar Uddin are part of the staff team at Show Racism the Red Card. They delivered powerful closing testimonies to end the events - sharing their experiences of racism both on and off the pitch, inspiring the delegates to do all within their power to challenge racism.
Thanks to continued support from Liverpool City Council, Show Racism the Red Card will be returning to the North West during this academic year to deliver anti-racism workshops directly to young people in schools. We will also be undertaking further regional work in schools in the East Midlands.