SRtRC visit Dagenham inter-faith event
I was really proud of all the students today and what they’ve accomplished, they did really well. It’s great to see how the students get along and celebrate difference.
Councillor Mel Bartlett, Vice Chair of the Children’s Services Select Committee
Show Racism the Red Card attended the fantastic Inter-faith day at the Frizland Learning Centre, Dagenham on the 21/11/14. The day was organised by Lynsey Mann the GMB Union Learning Representative in celebration of Inter-Faith week.
In attendance on the day were students and staff from Eastbury Comprehensive School, representatives from local faith groups, council members, local government reps, TUC, GMB, and Show Racism the Red Card. The whole event went very well with students from the school presenting thought-provoking raps, songs and plays that they had written and practiced for the day.
Ihtisham Meheaob, a student from Eastbury comp who developed and presented a rap with fellow students said that “we were nervous, but we had to do it as there is lots of racism and discrimination at the moment, and that they are weapons that can hurt someone.” Speaking about his fellow pupils’ presentations he said “I think the day went really well, and it’s great to see something that someone has worked so hard to produce.”
Kimberly Amaqui, another student at the school who played the guitar and sung with a friend to great applause, said that “Right now they blame wars on religion, and terrorist attacks all get blamed on Muslims. When you get to know different people you realise that it’s a very small minority who think that way.” Talking about being inclusive she says that her school is very involved in encouraging and celebrating diversity and remembers that “when I first joined school I knew no one, but there was a group that included me and I made new friends”.
Councillor Mel Bartlett, Vice Chair of the Children’s Services Select Committee also attended for the whole day. She says “I was really proud of all the students today and what they’ve accomplished, they did really well. It’s great to see how the students get along and celebrate difference.” When asked about what she would do to encourage more inter-faith co-operation and encouraging positive views on diversity she said “Young people should be themselves. A lot of the time they have other peoples’ views imposed on them, but they have a great moral compass on their own. Things like today, and encouraging people to talk to each other, are key.”
Show Racism the Red Card had a stall on the day and talked to councillors, teachers and others about our important work with students, and the very real need for continuing to battle racism and all forms of bigotry.