SRtRC attend Unison Black members Conference in Brighton on Saturday 7th February
"The delegates at the conference shared their own solutions for a more equal education system, whilst recounting their own examples when racism had not been taken seriously for their children or even more that they have been viewed stereotypically by teaching staff and head teachers."
Laura Pidcock, SRtRC Education Team Manager
On Saturday 7th February Show Racism the Red Card attended Unison Black members Conference in Brighton.
Our workshop was chaired by the National Black members Executive member Elizabeth Baptiste. Laura Pidcock was in attendance from Show Racism the Red Card.
Laura spoke about the contemporary context of racism within education and the barriers as we see them to promoting a more equal education system.
Predominantly Laura spoke about the way in which teachers need the time and space to consider how their own identities impact on the way in which they see their pupils and construct their lessons.
It was expressed that the two central themes that Education Workers are seeing in their workshops is anti-muslim and anti-immigration sentiment.
The delegates at the conference shared their own solutions for a more equal education system, whilst recounting their own examples when racism had not been taken seriously for their children or even more that they have been viewed stereotypically by teaching staff and head teachers.
Solutions offered by delegates included:
- A willingness and insistence to report racism that is happening in schools, essentially holding schools to account
- Educating young people on the history and weight of contemporary racist language so that young people are more informed about the power of pejorative terms
- A curriculum which is less western centric and includes access to learning about the contributions of other nations to the development of the world
- Black History Month should be celebrated in all schools
- Young people should not be given a sanitised version of the history of racism and other forms of prejudice as their legacy has contemporary consequences
- Teachers should have issues of equality embedded throughout their training
Show Racism the Red Card would like to say a huge thank you to Unison Black members for inviting us to their conference and allowing us to hear their thoughts!