SRtRC Education Worker, Rosie Ferries, looks back on a successful year
Over the year I’ve had some remarkable experiences, both in and outside the classroom. Some of my best days were spent in primary schools, exploring the importance of not judging people with year 5’s and 6’s.
Education Worker, Rosie Ferries
Well, where do I begin? What a year it has been, both for the organisation and myself. So many positives I could reflect on during my time as an Education Worker. In February 2015, I joined the organisation with high hopes and expectations of what my year with Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) would be like. I wanted to fulfil my dream of changing hearts and minds, and boy did I get that opportunity.
I remember my first week vividly. The schedule was varied, with each day different to the next. Speaking candidly, it was at times overwhelming (but in a good way of course). I was hugely impressed by the work we carried out in schools, and the links we had in local communities. There was one day in particular that really stood out for me during that week. It was my fourth day in the job and I was observing my colleagues in a secondary school. Rather foolishly, I thought I was reasonably equipped to deal with any racist attitudes should they arise in a session. How wrong I was! I was genuinely taken aback by the extreme ideas I heard in that classroom. It was eye opening and incredibly worrying. I knew in that moment that our work was important and that the journey wouldn’t be easy.
Over the year I’ve had some remarkable experiences, both in and outside the classroom. Some of my best days were spent in primary schools, exploring the importance of not judging people with year 5’s and 6’s. I absolutely adored the children’s enthusiasm to learn, not to mention their bright smiles, which always made work on a Monday feel worthwhile. I was also lucky enough to assist the Campaign Team with anti-racism events across the UK. My love for football and travelling to new places made this a really exciting one for me, so I was thrilled to have been asked to help out. To pick a favourite, Chesterfield FC and Plymouth Argyle had to be the most memorable and definitely a highlight of my time with SRtRC. However, these events wouldn’t have been nearly as enjoyable and successful without Ben Holman, NE Campaign Worker, who did a truly fantastic job with the organisation and delivery of these events. Well done, Ben!
There are lots of things I’m going to miss about my job when I finally move to Canada in February. Of course, sampling the culinary delights of school dinners every week is up there. It’s sad to think that I won’t eat fish fingers anywhere near as much. I will miss doing a job I felt proud to do and passionate about, in a world where the “I hate my job” club seems great in number. I am one of the lucky ones, I love what I do and will no doubt pine for such opportunities again. But ultimately, the thing that I’ll miss most has got to be the incredible people I had the privilege to call colleagues. I can’t begin to explain how grateful I feel to have met these inspiring folk, and how much I’ll cherish the sincere and meaningful friendships I made there. If Carlsberg made work colleagues...! Special shout out to the NE Education Team whose endless reassurance, thoughtfulness and humour made this year extra special.
Every single person I met along the way shaped my amazing journey in different ways, and I will forever be indebted for the kindness showed to me. I am proud to have worked for such a caring and principled charity, one which values its employees and treats them fairly. Thank you to everyone who has made my year at Show Racism the Red Card so awesome, keep fighting the fight.