Wales launch education pack challenging contemporary racisms and educating about the dangers of far right groups
The only way for people to learn and understand is through education. We found 83% of trainee teachers were not comfortable in delivering an anti-racism workshop. This pack has everything an educator will need to have the confidence in their delivery. Not only that, it makes it fun. It’s very simple, if you make Maths, English and Science fun, young people are going to want to learn. If you can make a topic like racism fun and easy to understand, then young people are going to want to learn. And that is exactly what this education pack does.
Chris Stokes, Education Worker, Show Racism the Red Card Wales
The launch, held at the UNITE buildings in Cardiff was chaired by Wales advisory committee member and NUT representative Stuart Williams. Guests from all over South Wales included members from unions, youth workers, teachers, Imam’s and Welsh Government representatives.
The launch began with words from David Evans, Wales TUC President talking about racism in today’s society and how well Show Racism the Red Card were doing in combatting all forms of racism not only in schools, but also society.
After a short clip, education worker Chris Stokes delivered a compelling presentation on the aims of the education pack, direct work with young people and the problems faced when trying to combat far right groups such as the EDL.
One statistic found, was that the EDL likes on Facebook have grown from 25,000 to 145,000 in a matter of weeks, following the Woolwich attack. This is a quite frightening number when you compare it to the Labour party which has 146,000 and the Conservatives who have 159,000.
Following Chris, was Amarjite Singh, branch secretary for the Communication and Workers Union who gave a personal account of the troubles he faced as a young Sikh growing up in South Wales. Amarjite, who is a volunteer for the campaign also commented on how passionate he was in trying to help Show Racism the Red Card grow as a campaign in the whole of the UK.
Then the audience were met by Jeff Hurford, secretary for Unite Against Fascism who spoke about the current issues in not only the UK but the whole of Europe on the growth of far right groups and how they link to the UK. Jeff Hurford had some very interesting research that he collected himself to make people understand how significant tackling groups as the EDL were.
Retired Professional Football and Sessional Worker Christian Roberts then said a few words about his own history growing up in Cardiff, having to deal with racism on a daily basis and also his conversion to Islam and how young people through lack of education don’t understand how Christian can be a Muslim because they judge him solely based on the colour of his skin. Christian, who has a white father and a black mother, always encourages critical thinking and helps young people understand that you can have any skin colour and come from any country in the world to have a religion because it is a personal choice.
The event, which was extremely successful and met by a round of applause for all guest speakers, was finished with a Question & Answer session then refreshments for all attendees.
Show Racism the Red Card Wales would like to thank CWU, UNITE & the NUT for sponsoring the event and all guests who attended. We would also like to urge everyone to purchase this pack and carrying on doing a great deal on combatting racism in society.
Education Packs - £15.00 and are available online. If you wish to buy in bulk there will be a discount applied. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.