Show Racism the Red Card Scotland attended the EIS National AGM 2013, which was held at Perth Concert Hall from Thursday 6th - Saturday 8th June.
We had a stall for the three days of the AGM selling resources and speaking to teachers about workshops and teacher training opportunities. The event was attended by the education team and coach Steven Bell.
On Friday 7th June we held a fringe meeting in the Tilt room at Perth Concert hall. The meeting was chaired by Dee Kinning, Education Co-ordinator. The fringe gave EIS representatives the opportunity to engage directly with the campaign. The fringe meeting showcased the activities that would take place during a teacher training session. The aim of the fringe meeting was to give teachers more confidence to discuss issues of racism and discrimination; recognise stereotypes and how they can influence behaviour and be encouraged to critically reflect on their thought processes; for teachers to acknowledge their own responsibility in challenging racism and all discriminatory treatment and for teachers to feel more confident recognising racism and being able to respond more appropriately to racist incidents.
The delegates who attended the fringe agreed that there was a need for more teacher training around anti-racism and equality in their area. The discussions on the day did centre around tackling the rise of Islamophobia in light of the recent murder in Woolwich.
The EIS AGM is a good opportunity for Show Racism the Red Card to engage directly with teachers and is a platform for us to talk directly to teachers about our work, promoting our creative competition, workshops in schools and teacher training opportunities as well as highlighting our resources that can be utilised in the classroom.