Show Racism the Red Card and the PCC continue rolling out pilot project across Essex
The workshops I attended were focused and insightful. The anti-racism message was clear and students wanted to be heard.
Mrs Landman, teacher at Basildon Academies
Show Racism the Red Card is continuing to work across Essex talking to students about hate crime and racism, as part of a pilot funded by the Essex Police Crime Commissioner. Basildon is one of the 4 areas targeted, along with Thurrock, Harlow and Colchester.
On the 7/1/15 we visited Lower Basildon Academies to talk to 164 year 8 pupils, and covered topics like stereotypes, what is hate crime and what to do if you feel you have been a victim. Educational workshops and fitness sessions were delivered by our experienced educators Osei Sankofa, Clint Easton and Manisha Tailor. The Upper Basildon Academy was also visited by the Show Racism the Red Card Team in December last year. In addition we have worked with Felmore School and will be visiting James Hornsby very soon, ensuring that 100’s of pupils will have benefitted from learning about the key messages being taught and will have a greater understanding of the issues around racism and hate crime incidents.
Students at the school had a great day learning from the Team whilst having fun at the same time. Basildon Academies teacher, Mrs Landman said ‘Show Racism the Red Card produces resources which help promote a message of understanding. I was proud of the level of participation and maturity our students showed at the event last week. The workshops I attended were focused and insightful. The anti-racism message was clear and students wanted to be heard. We all have to speak out against racism.’
This is such important work, especially in light of increases in recorded incidences of hate related crimes in Essex and has been launched to reinforce the ‘Stop the Hate Campaign http://www.stopthehate.org.uk/ launched by the police a year ago.