SRtRC educators visit students at Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School to talk about prejudice and racism
Today was amazing and although our discussion began with issues surrounding racism and stereotypes, a natural link came with gender equality
Manisha Tailor, SRtRC educator
Show Racism the Red Card visited Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School on the 9/11/15 to work with their year 9 students in workshops part funded by Herts for Learning, and the school.
The day started with the year group assembly where the day was introduced and the SRtRC film was watched. The year group then broke into classes for their classroom workshops, and fitness sessions. Our experienced educators Lionel Morgan, Manisha Tailor and Clint Easton then worked with the students, discussing racism issues including stereotypes, terminology, where we get our ideas and building empathy. “The session Manisha led with the girls generated extremely thought provoking discussion. The students were engaged and fully involved in topics relating to racism and sexism. It was great to be a part of it!” (Mrs Woollatt, Year 9 class teacher, Bishops Hatfield Girls School - Hatfield).
The students also got a lot from our sessions with students saying “In the SRtRC sessions we learned that everyone is equal and that you should be treated in that way and that discrimination can affect everyone. You should never judge a book by its cover, meaning that you should always get to know someone before making assumptions, so that you get to know who they really are.” In our sessions we also like to talk about other forms of discrimination and prejudice, as one student days “It doesn’t matter who you are, you can still achieve your desires. I better understand that it can be hard for girls and that no matter what gender you are, you can do anything as long as you put your mind to it!” (Year 9 students, Bishops Hatfield Girls School – Hatfield).
Students really got the most out of the sessions and worked very hard. Manisha Tailor said that "Today was amazing and although our discussion began with issues surrounding racism and stereotypes, a natural link came with gender equality, especially with myself and it being a girls school. The girls were very open and honest about sharing their personal stories and experiences of the lack of females in certain job roles. What became apparent is the need of visible female role models and highlighted the need of our work even more".
We would like to thank Herts for Learning for helping to fund this work, and Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School staff and students for being so welcoming and participating so fully in the day.