Launch of new educational partnership with East Renfrewshire Council/ Official launch of 2014/15 Annual anti-racism & anti-sectarianism creative competition.
Show Racism the Red Card visited Primary 7 pupils and teaching staff in Carolside Primary School for the official launch of an exciting new programme of work within East Renfrewshire Council.
Show Racism the Red Card will be working with pupils and staff at a number of events in all 23 primary schools across the authority in 2014/15 delivering participative educational training and CPD opportunities challenging racism and inequality.
This event was an opportunity to showcase the type of education and learning that will take place, designed to encourage young people to apply critical thought and reason to damaging stereotypes and misinformation which exist about minority ethnic groups. This can leave an indelible mark on our young people and society and may lead to prejudice thought, discriminatory action and denial of citizenship rights to many in our communities.
East Renfrewshire Council has long been a supporter of the SRtRC campaign and we are thrilled that the authority places such high importance in challenging this type of inequality by providing learning opportunities which encourage young people to be responsible citizens and effective contributors in the truest sense. Cllr Elaine Green, Convener for Education and equalities, Maureen Sneddon, Quality Improvement Officer for Education, Cllr Paul O’Kane, Vice Convener for Education and Equalities and Kpfi Tordzo, Corporate Equality Manager, among other key invited guests from the authority were there to share in this enthusiasm by attending on the day.
During this event the SRtRC team took the opportunity to officially launch the 11th Annual Anti-Racism Creative Competition for 2014/15 and Hibernian FC Captain, Liam Craig is the competitions official ambassador for the second year running. This was as a thank-you to East Renfrewshire primary and secondary schools and Carolside Primary who have supported the competition and entered creative contributions for many years.
Dee Matthew, Education Coordinator said “It is important that children and young people have opportunities throughout life to consider the causes and consequences of racism and inequality and how this can impact negatively on our communities. Curriculum for Excellence recognises that children are citizens of today through encouraging young people to think independently, be responsible citizens and effective contributors. We are thrilled that Show Racism the Red Card can provide the opportunity to amplify young peoples voices and opinions in East Renfrewshire and play such an important part of their learning journey”