National programme of training continues with Yorkshire conference at Rotherham United F.C
Yesterday was the best training session I have been to in my almost 10 years of teaching.
I found the work shops really informative and I thought the team were really well informed on the different issues surrounding racism and young people.
Almost 50 teachers, leaders and local authority representatives attended the specialist training event designed to educate about the activities of Far Right groups including the English Defence League (EDL), and to discover more about educational activities that can be used to help young people to discuss and challenge racism.
Delegates came from as far afield as County Durham to take part in a series of workshops including Educating Against Racism and Prejudice and Escalation of Racism: Ideas for Intervention; where they were invited to share their own experiences of racism among young people and were challenged to identify their own prejudices and analyse their current practices.
In addition to taking part in the workshops, delegates were given a keynote speech by EDL expert Dr Paul Jackson, Senior Lecturer in History at Northampton University who provided an overview of the growth of the EDL and an introduction to their recruitment tactics including the use of social media tools like Facebook and Twitter.
One teacher reflected on the event saying “Yesterday was the best training session I have been to in my almost 10 years of teaching.
“I found the work shops really informative and I thought the team were really well informed on the different issues surrounding racism and young people. I thought that the activities were really creative and this was the first training session where I have spoken so much! This is because I felt comfortable expressing my opinion and your team really listened to my views and responded well.”
The training event was bought to a close with a moving testimony from Anwar Uddin; the first man of Bangladeshi-origin to play professional football in Britain and an anti-racism education worker with Show Racism the Red Card. Many delegates commented on how inspiring Anwar’s story was and it was a great note on which to close the conference.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to say a huge thank you to Rotherham United FC for hosting the event, and to event sponsors the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and to the National Union of Teachers (NUT).