Primary Seven pupils from Lorne Primary and St Mary’s Primary Schools attended a Show Racism the Red Card event hosted by Hibernian FC at Easter Road Stadium on Thursday 19th September 2013.
The young people who attended participated in workshops learning about the causes and consequences of racism and sectarianism and explored the various forms these types of discrimination can take and what they can do to help stop racism and sectarianism.
In the afternoon the young people posed as media journalists for their very own ‘role play’ press conference with the a panel of invited guests including Cllr Maureen Child, Cllr Gordon Munro, Diana Dodd, Principal officer for equalities at Edinburgh City council, team captain of Hibernian FC James McPake and Liam Craig from Hibernian Football club. Show Racism the Red Card coaches Michael Weir, Derek Ferguson and Steven Bell also joined in the panel to answer the young people’s questions, on racism and sectarianism. Cllr Deidre Brock also attended to show her support for the campaign.
During the event Hibernian midfielder Liam Craig helped launch the Show Racism the Red Card Creative Competition for which he is the ambassador. The competition is open to all schools and colleges in Scotland. This is the 10th year of the competition and we want to celebrate the diverse cultures and heritage that make Scotland the place it is today. Heritage is not just a way of remembering the past, it is also part of the present and the future we are building. Using ‘Scotland’s Heritage’ as a theme, young people are asked to develop a piece of creative work that gets across clear messages of anti-racism and anti-sectarianism.
Liam Craig said “Being the ambassador for this competition is a great opportunity for me to work along with Show Racism the Red Card and help school and college students be creative whilst helping raise the profile and awareness of Show Racism the Red Card in Scotland.”
“Today has been a great day for the pupils who have attended, the press conference with the young people was a fun and engaging way for the pupils to ask questions about racism and sectarianism, and build on their learning from the workshops in the morning.”
For more information about the Creative Competition click here
Pictured above: Hibernian FC Team Captain James McPake, first team player Liam Craig with pupils from St Mary’s Primary and Lorne Primary.