As part of Show Racism the Red Card partnership with West Ham United Foundation and Barking and Dagenham Council the southern team visited year 6 students at Eastbury Primary School.
Students started the day by watching the SRtRC educational DVD before splitting up into groups for workshops and healthy lifestyle fitness fun sessions.
The workshops were led by SRtRC educators Francis Duku, Lionel Morgan and Shona Chitate with WHU foundation sports coach Daniel Balogun delivering the healthy lifestyle fitness sessions.
During the workshops students participated in activities and discussions about Racism; the definition, stereotypes and how we discribe people using the correct terminology. The sessions produced some great debates; whether it is okay to notice differences between people, is it okay to notice that someone has a different skin colour and is it okay to talk about skin colour.
The year 6 students came out with a range of answers such as;
"it is okay to notice skin colour because its the biggest difference between people aswell as age and sex."
"it is okay to notice and talk about it as long as it is in a nice way."
"not everyone is the same so noticing differences is normal."
They also learned about the topic of Hate Crime; what is it, who it affects and what to do if they ever witness or experience it. Leading from this the recent Hate Crime attack in Croydon on a 17-year-old Kurdish Iranian boy was discussed in length; the young people spoke about what made this particular attack a Hate Crime and what will happened to those involved.
Daniel Balogun cleverly combined his fun fitness session with topics from the classroom activities such as; the definition of discrimination and the protected characteristics of Hate Crime with the key values that ran throughout the day; respect, team work and good listening whilst also promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Shona Chitate SRtRC educator describe the day as "very insightful" she went on to say that "the discussions amongst the students were very interesting, intelligent and thought provoking into what young people know and are being exposed to."
SRtRC and WHU foundation will continue to work together to deliver workshops to students in schools around the area of Barking and Dagenham as part of the Stop the Hate campaign.