Educators use SRtRC activities as part of One World Week in Somerset
As part of the International campaigning event, ONE WORLD WEEK, staff from the RACIAL AWARENESS, INCLUSION, SUPPORT & EDUCATION service (RAISE) were invited to deliver a series of workshops for students at Strode college in Street, Somerset.
The workshops were focused on promoting diversity, cultural understanding and tackling discrimination through the exploration of what is and is not acceptable language and terminology.
Led by RAISE’s lead project officer, Dion Bunting, the workshops incorporated several Show Racism the Red Card activities, including the witches of glum story and activities around terminology. These activities helped to create a lively discussion around language, labelling and what is acceptable to say. Many of the young people involved drew from their own experiences to create a vibrant and contrasting debate around the different viewpoints and attitudes amongst young people in the area. The sessions also outlined the possible consequences of using racist language for young people, helping them to value and respect themselves as well as others.
As the Black, Asian & minority ethnic community in Somerset is far smaller than the national average. This work is vital in challenging prejudice and stereotyping. The activities provided offered young people an opportunity to explore where they get their views and opinions from and what they are based on, allowing them to reflect on this and evaluate their validity. The Avon & Somerset police district was the 5th highest for reported race hate incidents in 2011/12 (ONS / Guardian datablog) highlighting the need to bring racism to the fore in education.
RAISE work with children & young people in Somerset from BAME backgrounds, we can offer 1 to 1 casework support around issues of harassment, discrimination, social isolation or identity. RAISE provide activities, workshops and training to schools, colleges and fellow professionals. RAISE also run 2 diversity-themed youth groups in Somerset. For more information or to request support please contact us at Dion@vistaproject.org.uk or by phone on 01458 259487.