National programme of conferences continues with hugely popular event at Arsenal F.C’s Emirates Stadium
A programme of training for individuals working with young people continued with the London conference; hosted by Arsenal F.C and sponsored by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT).
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 from across greater London arrived 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.
Attendees at the training event, which took place on Friday 21st June, were taken through a range of practical activities designed to help promote safe discussion among young people and challenge racist attitudes and prejudices. They also explored a case study; looking at ideas for intervention to prevent a young person joining the EDL and going on to carry out a racist attack.
The day was opened by Max Hyde, Vice President of the National Union of Teachers; one of the main sponsors of the conference and a long term partner of Show Racism the Red Card. She spoke about the fundamental role of teachers in challenging young people to develop a balanced world view and not to make assumptions based on misinformation.
The conference was bought to a close with inspirational testimonies from England and Arsenal Ladies star Rachel Yankey; fresh from receiving a call up to the Euro 13 squad, and ex-professional footballer and anti-racism education worker Osei Sankofa.
Osei described in detail the journey of his parents who settled in this country having left Jamaica and his own experiences of racism in both football and society. Rachel, who took time out of her busy schedule to spend the entire day taking in both the workshops and the keynote speeches, spoke of her experiences after being targeted by a hostile and racist crowd whilst playing or Arsenal in the Champions League in Spain.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to say a massive thank you to Arsenal F.C for hosting a fantastic event, and to event sponsors the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and to the National Union of Teachers (NUT).
The organisation would also like to pay tribute to Rachel Yankey for taking part in the conference and for her subsequent achievement in becoming England’s most capped player after taking part in a friendly against Japan.