4th Year Student Dan Clark spends time with leading anti-racism charity to gain work experience.
As part of my school’s work experience, I have spent two days at the Scottish base of the anti-racism charity “Show Racism the Red Card”. During these two days I have had the opportunity to get to know the organisation and how it started, as well as how a team of so few people are able to get the anti-racism message to those who need it the most, the future generation. The SRtRC team of eight (three part-time) worked with over 14,000 people last year!
A chunk of my time was spent out the office and at a school called Kirkhill Primary School in East Renfrewshire, our goal was to educate the P7’s on how to combat racism and show them that everyone is equal, we did this by involving the pupils in various activities that made them think about racism and the impact it can have on someone just like them. The pupils’ response showed they knew racism was a horrible thing that had to be stopped and the influence of ex- Rangers’ player Derek Ferguson certainly helped get the message across to the pupils. The pupils also had a chance to suggest what they thought racism was and how they would combat it, I was extremely surprised at how mature the pupils were about the subject of racism and it felt as if I had learned a thing or two from them.
Aside from visiting schools, a great efficient way of getting pupils up and down the country involved is that SRTRC hold competitions for an anti-racism message. So whether it’s a poster or a song, pupils can get involved and even win a selection of prizes. The closing date for this year’s competition is this Friday (30th January).
Overall, I thought this organisation were doing an incredible job at educating younger people and even adults on anti-racism.
4th Year Student